GUC has in the past years developed to become a dynamic and exciting research intensive organisation with integrated study programs on all levels from one year courses to PhDs, a high research activity and increasing cooperation with the private and public sector.
GUC is established in the market with a future-oriented offer within technology, information technology, media, economy and management as well as health. This has resulted in double numbers of applicants for our study programs in the last five years.
GUC’s role in innovation and business
Gjøvik University College is aware that the education system and higher educational institutions have a responsibility to contribute to the creation of new business and new employment opportunities in Norway. Knowledge is the nation’s most important competitive advantage as a basis for innovation and business. Therefore it is very important to stimulate students to be able to initiate new business through giving them knowledge about this as well as necessary tools. But just as crucial it is to train them in carrying out change/improvements in existing companies and in the public sector.
Our region has not a satisfying base of jobs that demands academic expertise, and this may cause an unfortunate "brain drain" if we do not react in time. We want to contribute to turn this trend around by stimulating to innovation and new operations in our region.
Interdisciplinary cooperation about value added and sustainability
GUC holds five discipline areas: health, technology, information technology (IT), media and economic and management. GUC endeavor to include sustainability in all the institution, included teaching, research, imparting, business life cooperation and the management of campus.
All academic departments at GUC share ambitions of a common priority in welfare technology where nursing, engineering and IT/ICT are important academic core areas, and where GUC as a Norwegian university college has an unique advantage based on the presence of all the three core areas in the same campus. That means a short way to complementary knowledge.
Vicinity to one of the country’s largest and leading industrial clusters within material technology and automatic production in Raufoss strengthens the position and the potential further.
This cooperation is already well established through agreements and projects at the Faculty of Technology, Economy and Management (TØL), but has a significant larger potential, especially the Welfare Technology. Faculty of Health, Care and Nursing (HOS) holds a well established cooperation with Gjøvik Municipality and Regional Health Authority. Faculty of Computer Science and Media Technology (IMT) has a close cooperation with NorSIS, Norwegian Centre for Information Security, which also encompass knowledge and competence regarding patient information security. In addition IMT has also a section that focus on the users premises as basis for development of new media products and media systems promoting home welfare solutions.