Bifröst University was founded in Reykjavík in 1918 on the model of Ruskin College, Oxford. Its role then, as now, was to educate leaders for business and society. The school was moved to Bifröst in Borgarfjörður in 1955.
The Iceland Academy of the Arts was established in 1998. It is a self-governing institution providing higher education in fine arts, theatrical arts, music, design and architecture. The Academy is comprised of four deparments: Department of Fine Arts, Depa
The University of Akureyri (Háskólinn á Akureyri) is located in North Iceland and has served Akureyri and its rural surroundings since 1987. The university has built a reputation for academic excellence and good industrial relations. It is an international research university which offers many programmes both in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Located in the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, the university has been instrumental in the area´s economic growth and is central to the area´s future planning as a knowledge-based society. The university is divided into three schools, School of Business and Science, School of Health Sciences and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The number of students is around 1750 and members of staff are around 190.
The University of Akureyri (UNAK) is a scientific and academic
institute that conducts teaching and research in the academic
disciplines of its faculties. It is the largest university outside the
capital, with strong ties to industries and various institutions in
• UNAK offers a varied selection of study programmes leading to the first university degree, together with advanced studies
in a few disciplines.
• UNAK offers students first rate service through its supportive services, e.g. a library, a computer user service, a computer and
media centre, study counselling and international activities.
• UNAK offers very favourable conditions for its students in the form of new housing for teaching, well equipped computer centres
and good facilities in reading rooms.
• UNAK is a progressive university in the use of information technology and the development of teaching methods, e.g. distance learning.
• UNAK emphasises personal service. Students receive individual instruction and they are encouraged to conduct their own research
and cooperative projects.
• Computer ownership of students is impressive and Internet access is available through the wireless network connection
of the university.
• FÉSTA operates well appointed student housing under its auspices and all students are entitled to apply for accommodation there.
Strategic objectives of the University of Akureyri are: 1. A challenging and personal study environment 2. Active research 3. Active contact with the community 4. International cooperation 5. An efficient organisational unit
RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AKUREYRI
Research is one of the fundamental aspects of the University of Akureyri. Faculty and students are engaged in both basic and applied research. The focus is on research in UNAK´s selected fields of study and inter-disciplinary studies of the arctic. The objective is to consolidate the position of University of Akureyri in relation to the business community and other collaborative partners in Iceland and abroad. The research work is mostly in the hands of a qualified and experienced academic staff but the administration is in the hands of RHA - UNAK´s Research and Development Centre (www.rha.is). RHA operates to promote research activities and to strengthen the practical cooperation with public and private enterprises.
In addition there are four research institutions that operate with the UNAK:
1. The Icelandic Tourism Research Centre – www.fmsi.is
2. The School Development Centre
3. The Health Science Institute Research
4. The Fisheries Centre
All academic programmes at the University of Akureyri are accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science. The accreditation is based on thorough reviews by three teams of international experts who all recommended to the Ministry that the academic programmes of the University should unconditionally be accredited. Among other things, the accreditation report stated that the university leadership, staff and students share a high degree of motivation to advance UNAK as a strong university.
THE CITY OF AKUREYRIAkureyri is located in North-East Iceland surrounded by mountains reaching 1000-1500 meters at the head of Iceland´s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður. Akureyri is only about 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, yet summer temperatures can reach 25°C. Winters provide the opportunity to experience heavy snowfalls and the occasional cold day interspersed with calm and still weather.
Nature of business: The mission of Reykjavik University is to create and communicate knowledge, in order to increase the competitiveness of individuals, firms and society as a whole, while at the same time enhancing the quality of life of our students and staff. Our aim is to make Reykjavik University the center for international research collaborations in Europe and across the Atlantic. The university consists of five academic schools: School of Law, School of Business, School of Health and Education, School of Computer Science and the School of Science and Engineering. Reykjavik University is a community of over 3000 students and over 500 full time and part time employees. About half of all instructors at RU are active in Icelandic industry, and about 10% are guest instructors from overseas. Academic programs at Reykjavik University are innovative, based on internationally recognized models, and continually under review and improvement. Today, the University offers almost 700 courses a year, over 500 at the undergraduate level and 160 at the masters level, and thus seeks to meet the needs of students and industry in Iceland and abroad. Reykjavik University will be fully bilingual (English and Icelandic) by the beginning of 2010. The Reykjavik University MBA is an intensive two-year general management program with dual focus – firstly on rigorous training in all aspects of business administration and secondly on developing personal capabilities to make participants effective leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. A new generation of leaders need both technical business skills and the ability to achieve results in a multicultural setting. Therefore we’ve designed an MBA program with a strong international perspective: All courses are conducted in English and more than 2/3 of the courses are tought by foreign faculty from some of the best European and American business schools.
The Agricultural University of Iceland (AUI), founded 2005, is an educational and research institution in the field of agriculture and environmental sciences. The main focus is on the conservation and sustainable use of land and animal resources, including traditional agriculture, horticulture and forestry, environmental planning, restoration sciences, rural development and sustainable development. The AUI awards B.Sc. degrees in these fields, and is entitled to award both M.Sc. and PhD degrees as well as providing vocational and continuing education. The overall objective of AUI is to pursue high quality education in its academic fields supported by competitive nationally and internationally oriented research programs provided by competent and dedicated staff. AUI should also be an active participant in sustainable development of the Icelandic society and represent the country in the global forum in its academic fields.