The University of Bergen is located in Bergen, Norway. Although founded as late as 1946, academic activity had taken place at Bergen Museum as far back as 1825. The university today serves more than 14,500 students. It is one of eight universities in Norway, the other seven being the University of Oslo, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, the University of Tromsø, the University of Stavanger, the University of Agder, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås and the University of Nordland in Bodø.
In 2010 the university was ranked as number 135 worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and as number 133 worldwide by the QS World University Rankings. UiB was also ranked number 148 worldwide in the July 2010 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.
There are approximately 25,000 students in Bergen. About 14 500 of them are students at the University of Bergen. They are a familiar feature of Bergen's urban landscape, but most of all, you will find a lot of activity in the more than 160 organizations, societies, clubs and associations that the students are responsible for.
As a part of a general learning environment, several welfare services for students are being organized. SiB is partly financed by funds that the students pay as semester fee. Currently, each student pays NOK 470 to SiB. (Exchange students are as a rule exempted.)
SiB is responsible for housing, nurseries, cafeterias, sports facilities for students and employees, and for counselling services. SiB pays out refunds on medical bills. There is also a health fund which may help students who have had high expenses related to physiotherapy, chiropractor or dentist treatment.
The University of Bergen's Service Statement provides an overview of offers, services and assistance that the University is required to give the student, as well as what the University expects from the student in regards to academic behaviour and efforts.
The University of Bergen is one of three Norwegian universities accredited by the US Department of Education. That means that, for more than twenty years now, it has been possible for American students wishing to study at the University of Bergen to apply for financial support from the American student loan programme (FFELP) under the US Department of Education. UiB's accreditation entails regular thorough evaluations of its quality systems by external evaluators.
Just like the city of Bergen, the University of Bergen (UiB) has had an international outlook since its foundation, and it is strongly committed to international collaboration in education. Judged by the proportion of incoming and outgoing international students, the University of Bergen is the most international university in Norway.
The University of Bergen has many bilateral collaboration agreements with renowned universities around the world. UiB is a member of several European university networks, including the Coimbra Group and the Utrecht network. The university participates in various programmes for the internationalisation of higher education, including the Quota Programme, the Erasmus Programme, Erasmus Mundus, the Nordplus and Nordlys networks and the NOMA programme.
The academic profile of the University of Bergen has two major focuses. One is marine research - the city of Bergen is considered to be one of the largest marine science centres in Northern Europe. The other is global development research, and the university has earned a distinguished reputation both in Norway and abroad for its excellent, result-driven collaboration on research and education with universities in developing countries.
The University of Bergen has been actively involved in the initiatives of the European Union, and has been successful in relation to the EU's higher education programmes. Institutional cooperation with institutions in Asia, Africa and Latin America is also important.
Bergen is an important cultural centre in its region and in Norway, maybe best known for hosting the annual Bergen International Festival (Festspillene i Bergen). The city is home to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1765 and is one of the world's oldest orchestral institutions. The orchestra performs regularly at the 1,500 seat Grieg Hall. The city is also home of the Bergen Woodwind Quintet, which is made up primarily of principal winds of the Bergen Philharmonic. Bergen was a European Capital of Culture in 2000.Other main cultural events include Borealis,Nattjazz, Lost Weekend Festivalen and Bergenfest (formerly Ole Blues).
There are numerous amateur bands in Bergen and the surrounding communities performing regularly throughout the city. They generally fall within two distinct categories: brass bands, following the British band tradition, and Janitsjar or wind bands, which include both woodwind and brass instruments. Both of these types of bands tend to be quite competitive, and the Grieg Hall in Bergen is home to the annual Norwegian Brass Band Championships, which takes place in late winter.
A third category, perhaps unique to Bergen, are the Buekorps, a prominent feature in the Constitution Day celebrations in the city. Buekorps parade in the streets with wooden sticks shaped as guns or crossbows, sabres and even halberds, to a military snare sounded by several drummers. The performers are usually boys between 7 and 21 years of age, but older veterans can be seen. In recent times there are buekorps for girls and for both girls and boys as well. Buekorps are regarded with warmth by some, whilst others dislike them due to their militarised appearance or the dominant sound of the drumming.
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