Southampton Solent University (SSU) is a dynamic and distinctive new university dedicated to academic excellence, social justice and the integration of theory and practice. ‘Real world’ experience is built into an exciting range of innovative courses, whether in business, technology, art and design, media production, maritime, the creative industries, or sport. Mergers between Southampton College of Art, the College of Technology and the College of Nautical Studies at Warsash, laid the foundations for what is now Southampton Solent University. The University is particularly well known for the distinctiveness and excellence of its provision in maritime courses, the creative industries and sport.
The Norwegian Academy of Music is a specialised university with 541 students, and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The Norwegian Academy Of Music was established in 1973. Before that time higher education in the field of musical performance and related areas was handled by private music conservatories in the major cities. Foremost of these was the Music Conservatory of Oslo which was founded and run by the Lindeman family. Over the years the Academy has provided a solid foundation for many of Norway’s most renowned musicians. The academy offers a high quality and variety of courses at all levels, one of the results being that the Academy is Oslo’s biggest concert producer presenting approximately 300 concerts a year.
Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LUAS) is a large, multidisciplinary higher education institution. The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at LUAS have been designed to respond to the demands and development needs of business and industry. Active collaboration with business, industry and other organisation are an integral part of studies. LUAS is located in Southern Finland, 100 km from the capital Helsinki. It is a regional centre of expertise with over 5,000 students and approximately 250 full-time teaching staff. Annually LUAS employs about 70 part-time teachers from other academic institutions, business and industry.
HU has some 3,500 employees and 36,500 students, distributed over 6 faculties and 2 cities – Utrecht and Amersfoort. They provide a wide range of study programmes and courses that cover virtually all the professional fields. In 2002, the university installed its first 2 research professors. The university currently has almost 40 working in 6 research centres. They conduct research into issues from the professional fields and thereby contribute to the development of those fields. Moreover, research findings are fed back into the education that we provide so that our programmes and courses stay up to date and maintain their high quality. It is this strong intertwining of the professional world, education, and research that is characteristic of HU today.
Cork Institute of Technology is comprised of two constituent Faculties and three constituent Colleges. The constituent Faculties are Engineering and Science; and Business and Humanities. The constituent Colleges are the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, the CIT Cork School of Music and the National Maritime College of Ireland.
The Institute boasts many top class facilities including its award-winning Library & IT Building and its world class laboratories. CIT currently has in the region of 12,000 registered students with approximately 2,000 new entries year on year. Of these approximately 6,000 are full-time and the remaining are part-time. At present, CIT has 1,425 staff members of which 824 are academic staff. Cork Institute of Technology places a very high importance on ensuring that its programmes are of the highest possible standard. CIT has a rigorous Academic Quality System through which the Institute validates and continuously reviews its courses. CIT is proud of the fact that its academic standards are independently recognised as being of the highest quality.