Stord Haugesund University College

Stord/Haugesund University College is a state institution of higher education, established in August 1994 by the merging of four former independent colleges in Stord and Haugesund, Norway.

Maritime business is a strategic focus at the University College, and is taken care of by the Faculty of Technology, Business and Maritime Sciences. The Faculty offers engineering studies, business studies and nautical studies. Engineering studies include BSc studies in fire technology, process and energy, marine constructions and QHSE, and a MSc programme in Technical Safety. The business studies include BSc studies in finance, leadership and organisation, and accounting. The nautical studies include BSc studies in marine operations and maritime business.

In addition to providing educational studies geared towards the support of the maritime industry, this faculty is conducting a number of R&D projects of relevance for the maritime cluster. The maritime cluster is supporting these activities professionally, financially and by contributing as guest lecturers in our studies and as co-researchers in our research programmes. The collaboration between the faculty and the regional industry is found to be very beneficial by both parties.

The Faculty has four R&D programmes related to the maritime cluster; Maritime Complexity, Technical Safety, Applied Information Technology and Regional Science. Ongoing projects are:

  1. Maritime Complexity; Bridge Operations, Organisational Complexity, Corporate Image.
  2. Safety culture and safety management in ship operations.
  3. Ballast water: Real time verification by Flow Cytomentry
  4. Estimation of values in shipping companies.
  5. Application of intelligent decision support systems in maritime business.

Research Laboratories:

  • Maritime simulators; offshore operations, anchor handling, shuttle tankers, manoeuvring, ROV, crane operations,
  • Fire technology laboratory (ISO 5660)
  • Full scale fire testing facilities; Room Corner Test (ISO 9705), ResQ training area