Finnmark University College
FUC is part of the public higher education sector in Norway, and, located at almost 70’ northern latitude is Norway’s northernmost university/university college.
FuC has approximately 1800 students and 240 staff.
FuC offers approximately 13 different bachelor programs and 2 master programs. The number of master programs is expected to double in the next couple of years…
FuCs academic profile is in teacher training, social work, nurse education, sports education, and business and tourism. The programs are specially designed to give the students insights and understanding of the northern context, how to work and live in a northern environment with its particular cultural, geographical, climatic, demographic etc. conditions…
FuC has its main campus in Alta and a smaller one in Hammerfest. Being located in a sparsely populated, but vast region, FUC puts much emphasis to delivering courses by the use of distributed technologies, such as the internet, video-conferencing and off campus teaching. The proximity to the Russian border also has made it natural to develop strong relationships with a number of Russian institutions in the North. There is currently cooperation in educational programs as well as in research and development activities.
FUC is located in Finnmark, the northernmost county in Norway. This region of Norway is rich with natural resources. Off the coast of Finnmark we have one of the most promising oil and gas provinces in the world, some fields have been developed, but there are still extensive explorative activities going on. Metals and minerals are other fields which are being explored on the mainland of Finnmark. In addition to this new industrialisation, there is also a substantial activity in the more traditional industries like fishing and reindeer herding. Finnmark is also a world known tourist destination, with attractions like the North Cape, the midnight sun and the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights)
Finnmark has a favourable climate compared to other regions at this high latitude, because of the Golf-stream, which brings warm sea-water to the coastal areas. This brings a fairly mild weather during wintertime and not very warm weather during summertime in the coastal region, whereas we have a fairly warm climate in summertime and cold temperatures during wintertime in the fjords and in the inland plains.