The University Centre is a distance learning centre that serves about 100 distance learning students; it operates a master’s program in Coastal and Marine Management for around 40 students, and also offers a small individualised program of study at the master’s level in Marine Innovation. The University Centre also offers a variety of summer courses.
Through distance learning, Westfjords residents can access education without having to move away from home. The University Centre provides distance learning students with facilities for teleconferencing, group work facilities and reading rooms. There tend to be about 100 distance learning students per year. In recent years the trend has been towards more and smaller groups, though the total number of students has remained stable.
The master's program in Coastal and Marine Management was launched in September 2008 in the presence of the Minister of Education. Students graduate from the University of Akureyri with a Master of Resource Management (MRM) degree. The program is international, interdisciplinary, and taught in modules. All modules are open to participants from local and foreign universities, and the business community. There are currently around 40 master’s students.
The University Centre of the Westfjords works closely with research centres in and outside the Westfjords. Although there are no researchers at the Centre, students from the Master's program in Coastal and Marine Management contribute further knowledge with the completion of their theses. Many of the instructors on the Master's program are distinguished university teachers from various parts of the world, who furthermore create a bond between the University Centre and their own research centres.
Branches of the Marine Research Institute and the Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, the Research Centre of the University of Iceland, and the Nature Centre of the Westfjords, including many other organisations in the Westfjords, all work on diverse research relating to the fisheries industry, its projects and the environment of the sea and the coastline. The research topics include fishing technology, sustainable aquaculture (fish farming), eco-systems and environmental impact assessment. All these research topics are linked to the main subjects of the Masters program in Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre.
The University Centre, The Association of Municipalities in the Westfjords (on behalf of the municipalities in the Westfjords) and Eik Planning Agency collaborate on a research project on marine spatial planning. Amongst other research centres in the Westfjords is The Avalanche Research Centre of The Icelandic Meteorological Office that conducts research and risk assessment for avalanches in Iceland.
The University Centre of the Westfjords offers excellent facilities for distance learning students of universities across Iceland. There are six teaching rooms at the Centre, two of which have teleconferencing facilities. The rooms are intended for teaching, but are also used as reading and working rooms for students when there is no teaching in progress.
The Centres main corridor also houses reading and group work areas, as well as lockers for student use. There are further reading rooms on the ground floor which students can use for quiet private work.
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