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In 1983, Halmstad University was recognised as an independent institution. At that time, it had a few hundred students and a staff of 40 people. Currently, the University has about 9,100 students and 600 employees. It offers approximately 40 degree programs and 130 courses at different levels; with postgraduate degrees in Innovation Science, Information Technology, and Health and Lifestyle.
But everything started in the 1970's, when the so-called N-committee was set up to pave the way for a university in Halmstad. Here are some highlights from the history of the University.
A year of positive development. The University is scheduled to become a national university of sports in 2018. The collaboration arena and learning environment Health Lab is initiated, the volume of research increases and applications from international students are almost doubled. The University continues to be a force in the development of the region, through (among other things) agreements with the municipality. Stephen Hwang is installed as new Vice-Chancellor, Harald Castler takes over the presidency of the University Governing Board and Catarina Coquand becomes the new University Director. Anders Nelson becomes the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor with specific responsibility för collaboration, internationalisation and innovation. During the Academic Ceast three new professors are installed and four new doctors are promoted. Eva Strandell is awarded the Teaching and Learning Prize, and Hans-Erik Eldemark becomes the first to receive the newly established Collaboration and Innovation Prize.
In September, Vice-Chancellor Mikael Alexandersson is thanked for his five years at Halmstad University. Pro Vice-Chancellor Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson substitutes as Vice-Chancellor during the recruitment process. On November 18, the University celebrates its Academic Ceremony for the tenth time. Seven Professors are inaugurated and Walid Taha is awarded the Teaching and Learning Prize. The day also marks the start of the Digital Laboratory Center (DLC), which is opened during the festivities. Before the end of the year, there is a new candidate for the position of Vice-Chancellor. Stephen Hwang, Vice-Chancellor at Linnaeus University, is proposed as the one to take over the reins of the University.
The University continues the task of concentrating the number educational programmes. The Electronics Centre in Halmstad (ECH) is inaugurated, and a new entrance i built. The University starts a refugee counsel. Several international collaborations in, among other places, China, Brazil, the United States and India, start or deepen. The University's makes several major organisational changes: the five sections transform into four academies, and the eight research environments become six in number. Also, the central administrative support is reviewed and reorganised.
A year of changes. The number of educational programmes is heavily reduced while the level of research increases. Many educations are once again top ranked in societal collaboration and the number of applicants per educational place continues to rise. The theme Health Innovation, a University spanning venture, is launched, as well as a doctoral degree in Health and Lifestyle. The Centre for Educational Development (HPC) is established at the University, as well as a Bennet professorship. The University's first civil engineering programme also starts this year.
On the year of its 30th anniversary, the University wins the right to independently conduct research training and award doctorates for Health and Lifestyle. The School is also granted the right to award degrees for civil engineering. In the same year, the University institutes the Assessment of Research and Coproduction – an international evaluation of all the University’s research, more than half of which is classified of international calibre. The year also brings with it new appointments – Thorsteinn Rögnvaldsson as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Pernilla Nilsson as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, respectively. The University also launches its new logo.
This year marks the beginning of major changes at the University, beginning with its profile – that is, shaping what distinguishes the University. The profiling process also entails developing activities to meet requirements and expectations. At the end of the year, the board of the Knowledge Foundation decides to grant the University SEK 70 million for research and co-production of innovation. The Career Center, which began as a bridge between students and the professional world during their studies, achieves permanent status. In September of this year, the King and Queen of Sweden visit Halmstad University.
The University welcomes its new Vice-Chancellor Mikael Alexandersson. This is also the year the University is designated an environment of knowledge and expertise by the Knowledge Foundation, named Research for Innovation.
The University receives the right to conduct research in the third cycle and to award doctoral degrees in two areas of expertise: Information Technology and Innovation Sciences. Karin Starrin is appointed chairman of the Board of Governors; with Carina Ihlström Eriksson as Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
As the first small university, Halmstad University is given the right to award Master’s degrees in Business and Economics. This year also marks the beginning of the Health Technology Centre of Halland (Hälsoteknikcentrum Halland, HCH). This is a three-year project financed by EU Structural Funds and the Halland Development Council and arranged by Halmstad University.
On its 25th anniversary, the University is awarded the right to offer Master’s degrees in Health Science. Science Park Halmstad is inaugurated.
The University gains the right to award Master’s degrees in Computer Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Halmstad University, together with Örebro University and Skövde University, comes together yet again to collaborate on research in the medical field.
The newly-built Health and Sports Centre is inaugurated. Marita Hilliges is appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
Halmstad University establishes a cooperation agreement with Örebro University and Skövde University on research within the fields of engineering and technology.
The University campus area is designated the Baertling Quarter, featuring some of artist Olle Baertling's works of art.
The Utexpo student fair breaks the record for exhibitors with over 160 degree projects on display. The new student building is opened.
The new student union building is completed.
The first students from the University's teacher education degree programmes (upper primary, lower and upper secondary school) graduate.
The University is re-organised into interdisciplinary schools. Romulo Enmark is appointed Vice-Chancellor.
Lars Fredén is appointed the Vice-Chancellor. The University library is opened.
The University is granted permission to establish a number of professorships.
The College of Nursing is integrated into the University.
The University receives the right to award Master's degrees.
The University moves to Larsfrid in the eastern part of Halmstad.
Halmstad University is formally inaugurated as an independent University, with Sven-Ove Johansson as Vice-Chancellor.
The institution is established in the western part of Halmstad.
Degree programmes and courses for pre-school teachers and innovation engineers start.
The institution begins to offer individual courses for after-school assistants as well as sports education.
This year marks the beginning of higher education.
Halmstad is appointed by the Swedish Parliament as the site of a higher education institution.
Pre-school teacher education is established as a pilot project.
The N-committee is set up to pave the way for a university in Halmstad.