The university was established in 1994 after a merger between several regional colleges as part of a huge national reform of higher education. ØUC offers around 100 study programmes with a total of approximately 7,500 students and 550 staff members divided between 6 different faculties at two main campuses. ØUC offers a broad range of one-year programmes as well as Bachelor and Master degree programmes in addition to a number of further education programmes, and facilitates a large number of flexible education solutions.
ØUC staff are engaged in basic research, applied research, professionally oriented, vocationally relevant research, and development work in most areas covered by the university college's portfolio of study programmes. Applied research and development work is often carried out in collaboration with business and industry in the region and with the public sector.
At present the Faculty of Health and Welfare studies has 1,300 students and an academic staff of 100. The faculty offers professional Bachelor programmes in Nursing, Social Educator Training, Social Work, Child Welfare Education and Work and Welfare Studies. In addition, the faculty offers advanced courses for health professionals as well as Master programmes in Collaborative Management in Health and Social services, in Psychosocial work – professional health and welfare practises and in Advanced Nursing in Chronic Illness. (212 words)
- Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Professor, RNT, MSc, PhD in nursing Science
- Ann Karin Helgesen, Vice dean research, Professor, Geriatric Nurse, RNT, MSc, PhD in nursing science
- Kirsti Lauvli Andersen, Vice Dean Education, RNT, MSc