Doctoral Studies at the University of Akureyri
Kristján Ţór Júlíusson Minister of Education, Science and Culture signed, on 20th of October, the authorization of the University of Akureyri to offer doctoral studies in the fields of health sciences, business, science and arts and social sciences.
For two years, the University of Akureyri has applied for a doctorate. Since then, an extensive quality assessment of foreign professionals has taken place, as the academic and administrative capacity of the university to offer doctoral studies has been thoroughly studied.
“The process has been long and strict and I am very pleased with the outcome of the Minister of Education, which is based on the outcome of the evaluation committee of the Quality Council of the Universities. I think the conclusion of the assessment committee clearly shows that the University of Akureyri is ready to start this next chapter in the history of the university,” says Eyjólfur Guđmundsson, Rector of the University of Akureyri.
Doctoral studies at the University of Akureyri will have a broad impact and, among other things, support the plans of the hospital in Akureyri (SAk) to become a university hospital. Deeper research on the affairs of the Arctic will be undertaken, and research in the field of regional affairs will be completed at a new level, as doctoral students can seek new solutions for Iceland's regional policy. It may also be mentioned that the authorization to commence doctoral studies will improve access to international research groups and research funds
“We focus on offering multidisciplinary doctoral studies in our specialized fields, as the size of the school and the good collaboration of the academic fields make our university so unique," adds Eyjólfur.
Kristján Ţór Júlíusson, Minister of Education and Culture: "I am particularly pleased with this step in building studies at the University of Akureyri. The value of the school for Akureyri and the regions has been proven to be a great deal, and to have teachers, scholars and scientists who meet international requirements for doctoral education, actually says everything that needs to be said. Congratulations University of Akureyri. "
It is expected that the first doctoral students will start studying in the fall of 2018. Higher demands will be made on them and conditioned on the proposed doctoral project related to other studies within the university. There will also be a requirement for secure funding for research before the start of the program. The number of doctoral students will, to some extent, depend on the amount of research funding available in the coming years.