Notodden is one of 8 campuses of USN, situated in a small town, among beautiful nature and historical grounds. USN is Norway’s fourth largest university. It employs 1,700 people and offers an education to about 18,000 students, and offers profession- and business-focused educational programmes, research and knowledge dissemination to high international standards. There are more than 300 bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, including ‘business bachelor’ and ‘industry master’ degrees, which combine studies with salaried work. USN offers doctoral (PhD) study programmes in 8 subject fields and also a number of supplementary and further education programmes for those who may be looking for re-training opportunities or who want to build on their existing qualifications. USN aims to have a regional foundation and has a strong presence in Telemark region, cooperates with local business community and develop study programmes in line with the needs of society. At The Department of Visual and Performing Arts Education in Campus Notodden there works ForEst - the aesthetic learning processes research group, which looks for new approaches to aesthetics, towards learning processes and art education.
Faculty of Languages and Faculty of Social Sciences
The University remains faithful to its original 1970 motto – In mari via tua (The sea is your way). It’s the largest University in the Pomeranian region, with 11 faculties. It provides education in 87 fields of study, comprising 212 specializations. Every year new fields of study are developed, and every effort is made to adapt educational offer to the needs of the job market and the challenges facing 21st-century society. UG hold scholarships from the National Centre for Research and Development, the National Science Centre, the Foundation for Polish Science and the most important Polish scientific prize, referred to as the Polish Nobel Prize, awarded by the Foundation for Polish Science for outstanding scientific achievements and discoveries. Internships (including abroad) occupy an important place. There are numerous student research clubs, such as Alternator – The Academic Culture. UG cooperates with facilities all over the world and has carried out many European and international projects.
The Department of Interdisciplinary Language Studies
Established in 2003. Founder - The European Certificate Centre - supports its development on organizational and financial level. Academic staff are scholars, practitioners and young researchers. Patron is Father Józef Tischner - he was a philosopher, publicist and esteemed priest. TEU has a Patronage Council consisting of outstanding specialists of science, culture and politics, such as Prof. Norman Davies, who meet with students and give lectures. Scientific and research activity of The Department of Interdisciplinary Language Studies focuses at challenges of humanistic university learning, current and future status of Polish humanities, role of university reading and contemporary canon of literature for social sciences.
The Department of Studies in Culture at Faculty of English
102 year old University, according to rankings - 3rd best university in Poland. The university’s reputation is influenced by tradition dating back to 16th century, science achievements of academic staff and attractive programme of studies for 35000 students (86 fields and 246 specialties). The Department of Studies in Culture at Faculty of English conducts research into multiple aspects of culture and civilization of English-speaking countries, with a particular focus on historical and cultural relations between Poland and those nations. Researchers combine studies with social studies, media, fine arts, popular culture and film studies among others. They teach courses, seminars, give lectures (f.e. theory of culture and media), publish scholarly magazines such as ”Polish-AngloSaxon Studies”.
The biggest university in Poland, established in 1816. University has 21 faculties and 40000 students. One of its graduate is Czesław Miłosz - a Nobel Prize laureate. The Faculty of “Artes Liberales” adopted as a guiding principle a strict connection between scholarly and didactic activities and uses the potential of community created through meeting, dialogue, and co-operation of representatives of various disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. The Faculty continues and develops scholarly traditions initiated by the Centre for Studies on the Ancient Tradition in Poland and East Central Europe (OBTA UW) and by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales” (IBI AL UW), focussing on a broadly defined Mediterranean culture, its transformations and influence since Antiquity until present times, as well as promoting innovative, experimental, inter-area, inter- and trans-disciplinary studies that bring back the awareness of affinity between the humanities, social and natural sciences and are open to issues remaining outside of a narrowly demarcated scope of interests, or even of scholarly capabilities of traditional disciplines.