Aalesund University College (AAUC) has about 2000 students and 200 staff members. The University College offers a wide range of study programmes in business management, engineering, health care, fisheries and maritime trade.
KNOWLEDGE HUB IN AN INNOVATIVE REGION
Aalesund University College has a strong profile and identity which reflects our close collaboration with business and industry in the region. This close contact makes the University College unique in a national perspective. The College aims to be close to the field of practice and to focus on innovation in interplay with business and industry. This is our joint platform which provides direction for the development both of our study programmes and our research. Today AAUC has broad expertise in the field of simulation and visualisation, which is identified as a multidisciplinary area of commitment in this period.
Geographically AAUC is situated in a region characterized by a strong industrial base and a varied economy. Here we find maritime and marine clusters of international format, export-based and vital to the national economy. The maritime cluster in the region around AAUC plays a pivotal role in maritime technology and operations, and is characterized by having a complete production chain in offshore shipping activities which operates in a global market. The maritime cluster has taken the step up from being an industrial cluster to become a knowledge hub. Over many years, business and industry in the region has been able to recruit highly qualified engineers from the University College, and more recently the College has developed to become one of the leading educational environments in Norway in maritime education and course activity.
The companies in the marine industry are internationally oriented and highly dependent on exports. Companies engaged in industrial research in marine oils for human consumption lead the world in their field. Aalesund University College collaborates closely with the marine industry in research and development.
The number of jobs in the trade and service sector will also increase in the years ahead, and here Aalesund University College will represent an important source of knowhow to the region.
The Faculty of Maritime Technology and Operations (AMO) has the aim to be an international knowledge and innovation hub in the field of maritime operations. This involves education and research in the ship design and marine equipment as well as in the operation of vessels. Maritime operations can be regarded as the interplay between technology, human factors and business. In many cases it is in the interfaces between these areas that the inspiration arises to innovate and discover new solutions.
Western Norway is a world leader in the maritime industry. The development of offshore oil and gas fields has meant that the industry has doubled its turnover in the space of just a few years. In spite of the global financial crisis we see an industry on the offensive with a high demand for labour. Our vision is to conduct industrial research and development and educate candidates whose qualifications are customized for that industry.