The University Board of VID Specialized University has decided unanimously on the co-location of VID’s places of study in Rogaland. The overall assessment is that VID will be able to develop a stronger brand identity for students and be a more robust knowledge provider and partner in the Stavanger context. It is planned that the move will take place in 2022.
Torger Reve, Chair of the University Board says that VID’s Board has made a forward-looking decision.
- The decisive factor in the choice of localization was Stavanger’s strength as a centre of knowledge and a university town, in addition to the unique campus environment that can be developed at Kampen. Here VID Specialized University will have the opportunity to develop a knowledge powerhouse and student environment with a clear value-based underpinning in health and social studies, while expanding the knowledge base in the field of international relations represented by VID Stavanger.
Rector Ingunn Moser is glad that the Board has made a final decision on co-localization in Rogaland:
- It has been a long process for everyone involved. We extend our thanks to everyone who has contributed and to the bidders for their cooperation on the development of the alternative campuses. The Board has now reached a decision and we must shift our focus to the new campus and the context we will create together. We will do our best to ensure that it provides the best possible development conditions for VID’s entire portfolio in Rogaland – and for the services, research communities and societal areas that we serve.
The Board’s recommendation concluded by stating that ‘Stavanger appears to represent the strongest, most forceful position nationally and internationally in both the short and long term. In addition, it has the clearest opportunity to develop a knowledge hub/expert competence milieu with a VID profile in collaboration with VID’s owners, the local authority and other external actors.’
Robust underpinning in the organization
The process of developing the campus has involved staff and students at both places of study in the user and reference groups, a coordination group and a steering group. The safety representatives and staff and student representatives have been involved, and the work has been discussed in various staff and student meetings.
The local student councils have been invited to attend discussion meetings and have received written information. The union representatives as well as the safety representatives have been kept updated and have taken part in both local and central discussions in VID’s leadership team’s meetings with the working environment committee, the learning environment committee, the working committee for union representatives, and the Student Parliament.
Published by Vidar Brundtland Steder. Date: 19. June 2019.