The University of Agder (Norwegian: Universitetet i Agder), formerly known as Agder College and Agder University College, is a public university with campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad, Norway. The institution was established as a university college (høgskole) in 1994 through the merger of the Agder University College and five other colleges, including a technical college and a nursing school, and was granted the status of a full university in 2007.
The idea of a university in the Agder region is not completely new. In his short period as ruler of the union of Denmark–Norway, Johann Friedrich Struensee planned on reforming the University of Copenhagen. He gave Bishop Johann Ernst Gunnerus of Trondheim the task of developing more detailed plans. Gunnerus presented a proposal in 1771 in which he suggested establishing a new university in Norway, and placing it in Kristiansand.
The motives for suggesting Kristiansand as a university town have been debated. Regardless, the idea was soon discarded as planning began for the first Norwegian university. In 1811, a resolution was passed to establish Norway's first university in Christiania (Oslo).
Even without a university in the region, and as the need for better educated employees rose, several smaller colleges were established throughout the Agder region. The first, Christiansands Stiftsseminarium på Holt, later known as Kristiansand Teacher Training College, was founded at Holt, Aust-Agder in 1839, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Norway. It was followed by Arendal College of Nursing (1920), Agder Music Conservatory (1965), Agder Regional College of Technology (1967), Agder Regional College (1969) and Kristiansand College of Nursing (1976).Agder University College was established by a merger in 1994, when the six public regional colleges in the Agder counties became one institution. The University College received full university accreditation and became the University of Agder on 1 September 2007.
Organisation and administration
UiA has a shared leadership. The rector, who becomes the head of the university board and bears responsibility for the academic programmes and activities, is elected by the faculty, staff, and students. The university director, by contrast, is the head of administration and is responsible for financial and administrative affairs.
Faculties and academia
The University of Agder has six faculties as well as an own unit for teacher education.
School of Business and Law
Department of Economics and Finance
Department of Management
Department of Working Life and Innovation
Department of LawThe School of Business and Law is a member of the EFMD and AACSB, and is AACSB-accredited for its high-quality education on an international level as of 2019.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences (from 1 Jan 2014) (University of Agder)
Department of Development Studies (Gimlemoen)
Department of Information Systems 
Department of Political Science and Management (Gimlemoen)
Department of Sociology, Social Work and Welfare Studies (Gimlemoen)
Faculty of Fine Arts
Department of Music (Gimlemoen)
Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (Gimlemoen)
Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences
Department of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
Department of Health and Nursing Science (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
Department of Psychososial Health (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
Faculty of Humanities and Education
Department of Foreign Languages and Translation (Gimlemoen/Grimstad)
Department of Nordic and Media Studies (Gimlemoen)
Department of Education (Gimlemoen)
Department of Religion, Philosophy and History (Gimlemoen)
Faculty of Engineering and Science
Department of Mathematical Sciences (Gimlemoen)
Department of Natural Sciences (Gimlemoen)
Department of Engineering (Grimstad)
Department of ICT (Grimstad) 
Teacher Education Unit
The teacher training programmes are organized in an interdisciplinary fashion.
Achieving Accountability in School Practice 
Center for Artificial Intelligence Research
Center for intelligent networks and signal processing
Centre for Business Systems
Centre for Care Research
Centre for Cultural Studies
Centre for Development Studies 
Centre for Didactics
Centre for Digital Transformation (CeDiT) 
Centre for Entrepreneurship
Centre for European Studies 
Centre for Gender Equality
Centre for Innovation and Work Life Studies
Centre for International Economics and Shipping 
Centre for Multicultural Activities 
Centre for Norwegian Studies Abroad 
Centre for Real Estate
Center for Sustainable Energy Solutions 
Norwegian Centre for Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) 
Agder University Research Archive (AURA) is a full text digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder. The University Library administrates AURA.