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Nord University was formed on January 1, 2016 by the merger of the University of Nordland, Nord-Trøndelag University College in Nord-Trøndelag and the University College in Nesna.
Nord University offers bachelor degree, master's degree and doctoral degree programs. Each year, new students are admitted to more than 180 study programmes within both professional and theoretical fields. Nord University has approximately 1,200 employees and 12,000 students at study locations in Stokmarknes, Bodø, Mo i Rana, Sandnessjøen, Nesna, Namsos, Steinkjer, Levanger and Stjørdal. Through contact with local communities and broad networks within business and industry, Nord University aims to contribute to meeting regional, national and global challenges.




The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research has initiated structural reform within the higher education and research sector in Norway. The initiative, outlined in a white paper "Konsentrasjon for kvalitet" (Consolidation for quality), has a focus on consolidating resources within the sector within a smaller number of higher education and research institutions.

The government initiative formed the basis of decisions adopted by the boards of University of Nordland and University College in Nesna to investigate a merger of the two institutions effective from 1. January.2016. The decision to merge UiN and HiNe was adopted in the State Council on 19. June 2015. 

The joint board of UiN/HiNe and the Board of University College in Nord-Trøndelag subsequently tasked the institutions'' rectors with investigation of a merger with HiNT. A decision to merge UiN/HiNe with HiNT was adopted in the State Council on 9. October 2015.

 The new institution, Nord universitet, was established by royal decision in the State Council on 9. October 2015, effective from 1. January 2016.

The English name of the institution is Nord University.



- 12,000 students
- 1,200 employees
- Education at bachelor, master and doctoral levels
- 180 study programmes
- 9 study locations: Vesterålen, Bodø, Mo i Rana, Nesna,Sandnessjøen, Namsos, Steinkjer, Levanger, og Stjørdal   - It takes almost 40% of the coast line of Norway
- Located at the largest agricultural region of the country
- The third-largest educational institution for the education of teachers
- The fourth largest nursing community
- 4 doctoral programs
- Focused on international cooperation in the field of education and research




Nord University is managed by the University Council, the Rector and Director of the University.


Rector Hanne Solheim Hansen

The Rector is responsible for the academic and administrative decisions to be taken in accordance with the provisions and guidelines of the University Council. Rector acts Council Secretary, he shall prepare and submit, in consultation with the Head of the Council, the main provisions to be represented on the Council. Rector is responsible for the implementation of the decisions adopted by the Council, including those relating to the allocation of resources and property.



University Council

University Council is headed by Vigdis Moe Skarstein for the period from 1 January 2016 to 31 July 2021. The members of the Council were selected and are representative of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, University staff and students.



1. Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
2. Faculty of Social Sciences
3. Business School
4. Faculty of Professional Studies
5. Division of business, society and nature
6. Division of Education
7. Division of Health Sciences

Located in the Central and Northern Norway, Nord University molds the process of teaching and research into art, offering a range of flexible and interactive learning programs through the active use of learning technologies.



Nord University is committed to the development of regional networks with communities, business and industry, using a model of enhanced decentralization. Cooperation between the universities, public and working life through education stimulates the development of professionals and leaders and through research contributes to economic growth.



Nord University collaborates with international partners in the High North, and around the world. The developed program of joint degrees and research projects with other countries. Nord University conducts students exchange with the partner institutions from around the world, thus supporting active and diverse student community.



The main campus is located in Mørkved area, about 9 km from the center of Bodø. This place has been allocated for the accommodation of a large university community.
The campus in Bodø continues to grow. In 2015, 255 new student apartments have been added and another 170 apartments are under construction.

New Student Organization (UFO) was founded in 2014. This place is open throughout the week and on weekends, providing recreational and social foundation for students meetings. There are held large-scale university events and concerts. "Week of student" is a social and scientific event, which is held for students in March of each year.


Key facts about Bodø

- population: around 52 000 (as of 2019)
- in 2016 the city of Bodø celebrated 200th Anniversary

- in 2024 Bodø will be European Capital of Culture
- located 150 km above the Arctic Circle
- the distance to Oslo: 1200 km = 1 h 20 min by plane