A Research-intensive and Comprehensive University

The University of Bergen is a research-intensive and comprehensive university. Long-term research, quality, transparency, free critical thinking, and confidence in the work of the departments and faculties are the guiding principles of our manifesto.

We will work for an ambitious UiB characterised by research of a high standard and research-based education in all disciplines. We will be strong defenders of academic freedom and democracy, open academic debate, independence, and we will work strategically to create the best conditions for the core functions of the university.

The University of Bergen is a research university with long academic traditions. It is the steward of our national memory and responsible for a broad spectrum of disciplines with outstanding research, artistic development strategies and education geared for the future. We shall work to strengthen a proud UiB identity and a strong sense of community among students and staff.

We will continue the current form of governance and hold elections for the position of rector. Elected rectors receive their authority from colleagues and students. We will promote democratic systems within the departments and faculties and will continue the practice in which the faculties themselves organise the recruitment of Department Heads and Deans.

The national university landscape is changing and we believe it is important that UiB consolidates its position as a strong, comprehensive research university. We will make quality a priority and take a firm position whenever the core values of the university are threatened.

We believe that institutions providing higher education have different tasks. Among the diversity of educational institutions, we will work to ensure and promote the specific task of a research-intensive, comprehensive university.

We will do this by securing good learning and research environments and work for a comprehensive personnel policy with opportunities for development available to everyone. We maintain that the key to quality is found in positive collaboration both within and between departments, between administrative and academic staff, and between the different levels of the university.

The role of the university within society is wide-ranging and fundamental. We provide ground-breaking research, we educate tomorrow’s workforce, we contribute knowledge to meet the central challenges faced by society, and we have an important role to play in a knowledge-based democracy. These roles need to be carried out with critical awareness and care for the vital role the university has as the bearer of knowledge and independent research. As rectorate, we will take on this responsibility. This is also a responsibility we all have – as students and staff.

The work of stewarding this responsibility starts now. In 2021 we begin the work on a new strategy for the university. We will include all parts of the university in this work. It will be characterised by the attention we pay to past experience, thorough analyses, participation, and transparency. We welcome all to take part in this important work.

  • We will defend the university´s fundamental values ​​at a time when they are under pressure.


  • The universities have a unique role in society, nourishing and developing independent knowledge.


  • Independent research is fundamental for the development of society and for the quality and trust in the knowledge we create. Academic freedom and academic leadership of the institution will secure this.


  • We are strong defenders of the university’s fundamental values ​​such as openness, free, critical thinking and trust in the academic community.


  • We are strong defenders of university democracy and we will continue the current governance model with an elected rector.


  • We will facilitate good strategic and democratic processes in the organisation, and work to ensure that UiB has the best conditions to develop research and education.


  • We will ensure a good learning, research and work environment, and work long-term for quality in research, education and dissemination.


  • We stand for a comprehensive personnel policy that provides good opportunities for professional development for all.