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KHiB becomes a faculty of art, music and design at UiB in 2017

The King in Council has on 17 June 2016 approved that the University of Bergen (UiB) and Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) will merge from 1 January 2017.

Image: Rector at KHiB, Gerd Tinglum, together with rector at UiB, Dag Rune Olsen, on the construction site of KHiB's new building in Møllendal. UiB's leaders will now work for a new building for the Grieg Academy on the neighbouring site. Photographer: Thor Brødreskift

Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the Grieg Academy, at the University of Bergen, will become an entirely new faculty of art, music and design. This faculty will include all the subject areas currently present in the two.

-We are very happy with the outcome, and we look forward to enter phase three of the development of a new artistic faculty, says rector Gerd Tinglum at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.

Both boards at KHiB and UiB have recommended to merge together. Read more about it here (Norwegian)

The Ministry of Education and Research has allocated 5 million Norwegian Kroner to the work in conjunction with the merge between KHiB and UiB in 2016.

-UiB and KHiB display quality in an array of areas which can complement each other after the merge is completed, and I have high expectations that the merge will make the subject areas better equipped to take on challenges and possibilities in the years ahead. The 5 million will be a financial contribution to a secure a good merging process, says Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen in a press release (Norwegian)

Published: 6/21/2016 by Jane Sverdrupsen Updated: 12/15/2016 by Tale Vik