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University of Iceland

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The University of Iceland (UI) was founded on 17th of June 1911. UI offers a variety of academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. In 2023 we had 14,167 students, 8,589 undergraduates, and 5.578 postgraduates, of them 664 ph.d. students. We have a number of exchange students and foreign students from various nations. There is around 2,000 staff in total at the UI.

On 1st of July 2008 the UI merged with the Iceland University of Education. The new UI has five academic schools, each comprised of several faculties. The academic schools are the School of Education, the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Humanities, and the School of Social Sciences. In addition, UI operates a number of research and service institutions.

The School of Education is the leading institution in education studies and well-being in Iceland and has an important social role regarding the education of teachers, social educators, leisure professionals, sports, and health scientists as well as pedagogy and education studies. 

The Educational Research Institute is an academic and research institute within UI, housed in the School of Education. The Institute conducts research and provides advice and services with the aim of strengthening research in the field of education and related fields.

Twenty-one units operate under the Educational Research Institute. In addition, the institute works closely with researchers at the School of Education, as well as with other research institutes within and outside UI.

Varied and ambitious research is carried out at the School of Education with an eye to creating new knowledge for the benefit of Icelandic society.

The Educational Research Institute, along with the Division of Science and Innovation at UI, offers a range of services to support researchers, such as assistance in preparing applications for national and international competitive research funds.

Our academics participate in wide-ranging international research projects and collaborative networks around the world. Their common goal is to increase and promote research in their specific fields by increasing the collaboration between researchers. That includes interdisciplinary and international collaboration and dissemination of knowledge to the community by various means, such as conferences and seminars.

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