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New Report Suggests Fewer Universities in Iceland

A task force from the Science and Technology Policy Council suggests in a new report decreasing the number of universities in Iceland from seven to four, which they reason is a simple procedure and will not disrupt the universities’ work to any large extent.

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Inside the University of Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Two suggestions are made regarding simplifying the university education system, ruv.is reports.

One is to have two public and two private universities.

The plan would see the merging of public universities: the University of Iceland and the Agricultural University, on the one hand, and the University and Akureyri and Hólar University College, on the other.

Reykjavík University and Bifröst University, both private universities, would also merge whereas the Iceland Academy of the Arts would continue to be operated separately from the other institutions.

The other suggestion is to maintain the number of universities as seven but that they would all be operated as non-profit organizations.

ESA

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