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Mergers enter into force

The Norwegian government has confirmed that five university mergers have taken place at the start of 2016, with the aim of increasing the quality of higher education.

The government outlined the changes to the structure of Norwegian higher education in a statement on 4 January. As of 1 January, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has been merged with the Sør-Trøndelag University College, the Gjørvik University and Aalesund University College to create the largest university in Norway.

The University of Tromsø has joined Harstad University College and Narvik University College, and the University of Nordland, the Nord-Trøndelag University College and Nesna University College have joined forces to become the Northern University.

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