UH-nett Vest (the University and College Network for Western Norway) is a formal collaborative network between five institutions: University of Bergen, University of Stavanger, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Volda University College and University of Agder.

The network was established on 1 January 2008.


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.

Focus areas:
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.

Research groups:

  • 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.