Høgskulen på Vestlandet


The College of Western Norway - Høgskulen på Vestlandet

Høgskulen på Vestlandet (HVL) was established on 1 January 2017, when Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College and Stord / Haugesund University College merged.

About the college

We are one of the largest colleges in the country, with about 16,000 students on our five campuses in Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord and Haugesund.

With us, you can take everything from one-year studies to completing a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. We have a strong and innovative professional environment within health and social sciences, engineering and economics, teacher education and social sciences. Every quarter, we graduate 2,700 candidates who are involved in solving important societal tasks within these subject areas.

Our goals

The College of Western Norway has ambitions to become a university with a professional and working life-oriented profile, and we want to be close to working life, the region and the students.

HVL has division as a driving force, ideal and method. Knowledge grows when it is shared. What we do is to support growth for a sustainable development of society, work and business and for the individual.

The management at HVL

Berit Rokne has been appointed headmaster of the University College of Western Norway, and is thus the highest academic and administrative leader. HVL has three vice-rectors, one in each local region, who on behalf of the rector are responsible for regional development in the local region.

The further merger process

The whole of 2017 will be used to develop and implement the new organization, before the final professional and administrative organization enters into force in 2018. There will be no changes in the study offer in the short term.

Center for Care Research

Since 2006, there has been an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Engineering and the Department of Health and Social Sciences in care technology / welfare technology. This collaboration resulted in an investment in care technology, the THOM project (Technology in health and care).

We research the introduction of care technology, further train health personnel and arrange an annual national conference on care technology. We also have a care technology laboratory that shows current technology. The laboratory is divided into a residential part, an institutional part with two rooms and a guard room and an alarm center. The living area looks like a normal apartment, with a bedroom, open living room and kitchen and a spacious bathroom. The laboratory will contribute to research, education and demonstration of equipment. The THOM project is currently administratively under the Center for Care Research, West, which is affiliated with the Department of Health and Social Sciences.

In addition, you will find the HiB Center for Innovation, which is a research and competence center within innovation and entrepreneurship. The center has three main activities: researching, teaching about and facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship. The unique thing about the Center is that in addition to researching innovation, we also have a role in relation to facilitating innovation and conducting practical teaching about innovation. The Center for Innovation is affiliated with the Department of Engineering and Economics.