UH-nett Vest (the University and College Network for Western Norway) is a formal collaborative network between six institutions: the University of Bergen, the University of Stavanger, Bergen University College, Sogn og Fjordane University College, Volda University College and Stord/Haugesund University College.
The network was established on 1 January 2008. Volda University College joined in April 2009, and University of Stavanger joined in June 2014.
As well known Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH) merged with Bergen University College (HIB) and Sogn og Fjordane University College (HiSF) to become Western Norway University of Applied Sciences on 1 January 2017.
UH-nett Vest (the University and College Network for Western Norway) includes at present four member institutions but the board has indicated that other institutions are welcome.
The network aims to enhance academic activity at the individual institutions. These will remain separate, independent institutions and further develop their distinctive characteristics and advantages. However, the network aims at a clear regional, national and international role in education and research.
Teacher Education, Health and Social Work Education, Research Cooperation and Library Cooperation are the main focus areas. The Network has also pointed out Digital Cooperation as a given priority field.
There are six priority research areas in the network. These are organised into research groups, each with its own leader.
- Health and care
- Social science
- Technology with a main focus on energy and the environment
- Music activities
- ICT and media
- Nynorsk / New Norwegian (one of the two official written language forms)
Management:The network has its own board, consisting of the rectors of the six institutions and members from the student council. The directors attend board meetings with the right to speak and submit proposals. Coordinator Lars Helge Nilsen is responsible for the day-to-day management.
Contact between the board and the coordinator takes place through the UH-nett Vest liaison committee, consisting of key staff of each institution. These are responsible for internal facilitation in their respective institutions.
The liaison committee cooperates with the coordinator by way of regular meetings where opportunities for joint projects in the six areas of cooperation are discussed. Collaboration projects are then proposed to the board via the coordinator.