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Delay in Oslo and Akershus university status

Norway’s quality assurance agency Nokut has told the Oslo and Akershus University College it must adhere to stricter laws before applying for university status, the news source Forskerforum has reported.

Curt Rice, rector of Oslo and Akershus—the largest university college in Norway—has been making preparations to apply for university status since he took on his job in 2015. The institution was preparing to send in its application before a stricter criteria comes into force in October. However, Nokut—which assesses the applications—has warned that no applications will be approved before then, forcing Rice to put the application process off.

Universities and university colleges in Norway have been converging since a 2003 law change brought them under the same legislation. Historically, university colleges focus more on applied and professional education, whereas universities offer theory and discipline-based degrees.

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