About the University of Bergen
The University of Bergen (UiB) is an international research university dedicated to advancing research, science and higher education. Founded in 1946, the University is young, but it grew out of a much longer academic and scientific tradition which had evolved at the Museum of Bergen since its foundation in 1825.
For nearly 180 years, the institution has been a distinguished seat of learning, offering rich opportunities to students and researchers at all levels. Most of its premises are concentrated in the heart of the city of Bergen. There are about 14,800 students enrolled, of which around 1,550 are international. The University has 3,600 faculty and staff members. PhD candidates are paid employees of staff, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talent.
UiB's academic landscape is characterised by its great variety. Seven faculties cover most of the traditional university disciplines. More than 60 different specialised departments, centres and institutes are included within these faculties. There are also an increasing number of multi-disciplinary research centres, projects and units.
The University is constantly interfacing with the international environment in order to expand its borders and to explore the world. It is heavily involved in international co-operation in research and education and has signed bilateral agreements with universities, research institutions and academic centres of excellence in all parts of the world. UiB is also committed to co-operating with developing countries and has established programmes with universities in Third World Countries in the areas of health, poverty, and resource management.
UiB is engaged in the European Union's Framework programmes for research and technological development and has been designated as a European Research Infrastructure and a Research Training Site in several scientific fields.
Beautiful, rich in tradition and history, charming, lively - all these adjectives describe Bergen, and yet there is more to it. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, with the facilities of a large town, and the charm and atmosphere of a small one, with its wooden houses and narrow cobbled streets. Bryggen is the old trading wharf that still looks the same as it did when the town was in its infancy. Bryggen is considered the face of Bergen, a port of our collective cultural heritage, having its place on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Bergen has one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras, Norway's first national theatre, and is also the place where the author Henrik Ibsen completed his theatrical traineeship. It hosts Norway's most extensive cultural event, the International Music Festival and has fostered famous personalities such as the author Ludvig Holberg, the painter J. C. Dahl, the violinist Ole Bull and the composer Edvard Grieg. Art collections include exhibitions of the works of both Edvard Munch and Pablo Picasso. A private music recital in the home of Edvard Grieg at Troldhaugen will give an added dimension to your stay. Bergen is the city of wooden architecture, the "Buekorps" or local Boy's Brigade, and of jewellery design – a true City of Culture.
Stroll in the shops or picturesque narrow alleyways of Bergen, through museums and art galleries, along Bryggen and through the Fish Market. Take the funicular railway up to Mount Fløyen, and you will find Bergen spread out at your feet, nestling between the mountains and the fjords. Bergen is so delightfully compact that you will quickly find your way around, thanks to the varied landscape that makes it so charmingly unpredictable.
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