VID Specialized University was established on 1 January 2016 after the merger between four diaconal university colleges. The purpose was to create a larger, better and more effective institution within the private, non-profit segment of the university- and university college sector in Norway. With its most recent merger on 2 of January 2018 it is now the third largest private higher education institution in Norway.
VID offers programmes of professional studies within nursing, occupational therapy, social education, family therapy, diakonia and theology, in addition to a number of other programmes at Bachelor, Master and continuing education levels. VID offers two PhD programmes: Diakonia, Values and Professional Practice and Theology and Religion.
The university is located at 6 campuses in 4 cities; Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Sandnes.
The Faculty of Health Studies originated in 2016, when Diakonhjemmet University College, Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Betanien University College and School of Mission and Theology merged and became VID.
The Faculty of Social Studies is located at the Oslo Campus where two main programme themes are available: Social work and Family Therapy and Systemic practice.
One of the biggest projects at this faculty is the center for church growth. The center looks at the need for development and growth in church plans within the Norwegian Church.
The essence of VID’s slogan above is reflected in the daily work of the university, where immense effort is placed in the connection with the local community, its current and past students, as well as the world that surrounds them.
We deliberately pursue competence-based commissions and collaborate on education and research assignments with institutions at the local, regional and national level.
A Council for the Collaboration with the Business Community has been created to shape and strengthen the connection between VID and the business community.
We like to keep connected to our students and the community by sharing news and events.