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Possible merger of two universities

A committee set up by the Ministry of Education considers it desirable to merge the University of Iceland and the Iceland University of Education. A Bill is expected to be put before the Althingi in autumn, and the merger is expected to happen in summer 2008.

The committee decided that a merger would provide an opportunity to reorganize all courses in pedagogy and educational studies, including teacher training. It will boost university education in Iceland and ensure a more diverse and flexible selection of courses at all levels.

A statement produced by the committee will be sent for comment to the senate committees of both universities, after which the matter will be evaluated.

Education Minister Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir said during a radio interview that the merger would increase the chances for the University of Iceland to become one of the top 100 universities in the world – a goal that the current rector of the University of Iceland, Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, announced some time ago.

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