- Østfold University College has around 100 studies taught in new and modern premises.
- The university college has a total of just under 7,000 students. There are nearly 3,600 ordinary students at campus Halden, nearly 2,400 ordinary students at campus Fredrikstad, and nearly 1,000 students are taking continuing and further education programmes under the auspices of HiØ VIDERE (Centre for Continuing Education) at both campuses.
- The school has more than 550 members of staff.
- Students have good opportunities to take parts of their studies abroad.
- Østfold University College facilitates flexible education solutions
- Østfold University College is a member of the Oslo Fjord Alliance – a cooperation with Buskerud and Vestfold University College and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).
Østfold University College was founded on 1 August 1994.
On this date, five university colleges in Østfold county merged to create the new institution:
- Østfold nursing college, founded in 1955
- Halden teacher training college, founded in 1963
- Østfold college of engineering, founded in 1965
- Østfold regional college, founded in 1977
- Østfold social educator college, founded in 1980
Study programmes at Østfold University College
- The university college's academic activities are extensive: See HiØ's course catalogue online.
- HiØ offers a broad range of one-year programmes, bachelor's and master's degree programmes.
- HiØ also offers many continuing and further education programmes.
Campus Halden offers programmes at the:
- Faculty of Computer Sciences
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Business, Languages, and Social Sciences
Campus Fredrikstad at Kråkerøy offers programmes at the:
- Faculty of Health and Social Studies
- Faculty of Engineering
- Norwegian Theatre Academy (trains actors and scenographers)
Board, management and shared services
- The University College Board consists of 11 members and has overall responsibility for the university college's activities.
- Østfold University College has an elected rectorate (rector and pro-rector) and a permanently employed university college director.
- The HiØ units (see the above list) are headed by deans.
- Most of the university college's management and shared services are located in Halden.
Research and development
- The HiØ staff are engaged in basic research, applied research, professionally oriented and 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.
- The students' competence is developed through research-based teaching and by introducing them to student-active research and development. The research carried out at HiØ also helps to safeguard and realise a multitude of values and cultures in society, and to develop new knowledge that is communicated to other researchers and users and to society at large.
The Foreign Language Centre
The Norwegian National Centre for Foreign Languages in Education is located at Østfold University College's Campus Halden as a unit with 6.2 full-time equivalents. HiØ's broad and extensive linguistic community helped to lay the foundations for the establishment of the Foreign Language Centre, which was formed to strengthen language subjects in Norwegian education in general and in business and industry in particular.
Partners – including in the Oslo Fjord Alliance
Østfold University College has many partners, both national and international ones.
The Oslo Fjord Alliance is an education collaboration between:
- The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (at Ås)
- Buskerud and Vestfold University College (now called University College og Southeast Norway)
- Østfold University College
The partners cooperate on technology studies and transfer schemes, among other things, and relevant information about this can be found at www.teknologi.no
provided by the student welfare organisation and the student parliament in Østfold.
The welfare of HiØ students is attended to in several ways – including through the considerable efforts of the student welfare organisation and the student parliament in Østfold. (See Student life and The student welfare organisation)
Among other things, the Student Welfare Organisation for Østfold runs the counselling service, student accommodation, bookshops and several canteens at HiØ.
The Student Parliament for Østfold attends to student democracy at HiØ with the help of many student representatives and other active participants from the different programmes and units at the university college.