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Oslo Metropolitan University

Contact Benedicte Solheim
Email bensol@oslomet.no
Website https://www.oslomet.no/en

Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

OsloMet is Norway's largest state university, with

  • four faculties: Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Technology, Art and Design
  • a student body of approx. 18,000 students
  • 1,965 employees

Previously known as Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), the institution changed its name to Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) effective 12 January 2018, when the school was officially granted university status by the Norwegian government.

OsloMet offers a unique range of professional programmes that qualify students for professions that will contribute to future welfare and value creation.

Requirements for new knowledge and new services are at the crossroads between the established disciplines and the professions. There is a need to educate well-qualified, professional practitioners with sound professional knowledge and cooperative and change management skills. Through dialogue and cooperation between research, education, society, business and industry, results and expertise are shared and solutions are created for a continuously changing world.

Close cooperation with the fields of practice will bring new knowledge and new practice into a world that is facing new challenges.

A majority of the study programmes that OsloMet offers are professional programmes in which theoretical courses and supervised, professional training are closely aligned.

OsloMet provides education that qualifies students for employment in the health and social services, education, and public administration, media, design, arts, and for technical and business administrative positions in business and industry.

OsloMet emphasises the combination of high academic standard and proximity to professional fields. The teaching is based on the latest advances in research, development and experience.

The programmes aim to develop students’ skills in theoretical analysis and reflection. Several programmes involve supervised professional training where students can try out their future professional roles. This combination of theory and practice is a distinguishing characteristic of professional study programmes, and adds to the challenge of studying at OsloMet.

OsloMet covers a region that is experiencing rapid population growth and, consequently, will experience a growing need for a qualified labor force in the years to come. There are major issues to be resolved in the areas of education, health, technology and the environment.

OsloMet’s objective is to make a stronger contribution towards the development of this region.

Through a strong regional entrenchment, national ambitions, and an international orientation, OsloMet is establishing itself as a modern, professionally and vocationally oriented educational institution in the greater metropolitan area. This entails an interaction with a multicultural and international society which enables its students and employees to develop the skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural and international environment.

R&D is a necessary and vital part of OsloMet’s activities, and should contribute towards developing a good and dynamic educational institution.

In its overarching research strategy OsloMet highlights both interdisciplinary and regional cooperation. OsloMet’s comparative advantage is that the institution performs research within the professions taught here. The university creates value for society by developing knowledge that contributes to improved welfare. This research will give insights into the activities, frameworks, and conditions of sectors and occupational fields in a society that is continually changing.

Published by  Education and Research 26 February 2020