Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörndóttir, Minister of Higher Education, Industry, and Innovation, has recently announced plans to establish a single enrollment portal for all higher education in Iceland.
Currently, students applying for college in Iceland must separately submit applications to Iceland’s various universities. The new, simplified, portal would streamline this process and allow students to instead apply for all of Iceland’s universities through island.is, an official government website which handles many other administrative tasks already.
According to Áslaug, preliminary discussion with the rectors of Iceland’s top institutions have already been held. So far, the reception is positive.
In addition to simplifying the application process, the new portal will also consolidate information on course offerings, paths of study, prerequisites, funding, and other vital information for university students.
In her statement, Áslaug also said that the new online system would represent a first step in a changed model for funding in higher education, but no further information is available at this time.