HiOA has a new name: OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. Find out what this means for you.

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You are Alumni of a University – What Does That Mean for You?

January was an eventful month for us. HiOA is now a university, and our new name is OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University.

Overview

  1. So are we officially a university?
  2. Can I still be part of the alumni network?
  3. What should I put on my CV and my LinkedIn profile?
  4. Can I request a new transcript or diploma bearing the name and logo of the new university?
  5. Why was becoming a university such a big deal in the first place?
  6. Where does the name OsloMet come from?
  7. Will OsloMet have a different academic focus or orientation than HiOA did?
  8. Can I have a t-shirt or coffee mug with an OsloMet inscription on it?

We consider you, our alumni, our most important ambassadors. To help keep you in the loop as we make this exciting transition to becoming Norway’s third-largest university, we’ve done our best to answer some questions you might have below. We also want to share what we think will be some of the benefits of being alumni of a university for you in your career, whether you are based in Norway or abroad.

Are you on LinkedIn? We encourage you to update the education section of your profile with our university’s new name. This will ensure that you are included in our alumni portal, which will make it easier for you to stay in touch with people from your class as well as make connections with new alumni. You’ll also get occasional updates from us at OsloMet in your newsfeed, including invitations to upcoming alumni events.

You can become an official member of our alumni community. Registration is open to alumni and final year.

Still a student?

Find answers to your questions about studying at the new university.

1. So are we officially a university?

Yes, we are officially known as OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. We officially achieved university status following a formal decision taken by the King-in-Council on January 12th. This means we are no longer a university college, and that we no longer go by the name Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (HiOA).

At the same time, we are currently in a transitional phase in which you will still find our old name used in a variety of contexts - online, in our print and promotional materials, on signs and elsewhere. Our new name will rolled out in stages over the coming weeks and months. 

2. Can I still be part of the alumni network?

No matter whether we were known as HiOA, HiO, HiAk or any of the now-defunct pre-professional colleges that today make up our institution, you are a member of the OsloMet alumni community. This means you have the same access to the benefits and events we make available to all of our alumni, regardless of when you graduated or what the name of our institution was when you were a student.

3. What should I put on my CV and my LinkedIn profile?

We recommend that you update your CV and your LinkedIn profile with our new name: OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. We never were big fans of our old name in English, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science, and we hope you approve of the shorter, more descriptive English name too!

The choice is, of course, totally up to you. You can keep using our old name, switch to our new name, or even use both for the time being.

4. Can I request a new transcript or diploma bearing the name and logo of the new university?

Students graduating this spring will be awarded a transcript and diploma from OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. At this time, we are unable to accommodate requests from our alumni that we reissue documents bearing the new name and logo.

5. Why was becoming a university such a big deal in the first place? Isn't being a university college good enough?

We think achieving university status is important for a number of reasons. Here are three that we think are particularly relevant to alumni:

  • There is little question that the label university implies a certain status and level of quality, both in Norway and around the world. This is especially true at a time when government policy has sharpened the requirements for acquiring university status.
  • Becoming a university is both an acknowledgment of the strength of our academic offerings and a tool for continuing to elevate the level of our research and teaching. Employers already have a high opinion of our graduates. We think becoming a university will further improve our standing among employers, thus increasing the value of your degree.
  • Being a university will help increase our visibility internationally, make it easier for us to collaborate with partners abroad, and help us attract students, faculty and staff from around the world. As an alumnus or alumna of a university, prospective employers will have an easier time understanding what kind of institution you studied at. University college (høgskole in Norwegian) is not a commonly encountered term outside of Norway and a handful of other countries. A university, on the other hand, makes immediate sense to people around the world.
  • University status will enable us to manage our educational portfolio independently. This will, among other things, make it easier for us to rework existing study programs and establish new ones to respond to changing societal needs and circumstances.

6. Where does the name OsloMet come from?

Yes, we are officially known as OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University. The Norwegian version of our name is OsloMet – storbyuniversitetet.

Beginning in 2016, over 200 proposed names were submitted as part of a comprehensive name selection process. Every effort was made to make the process inclusive, and numerous meetings and workshops were held to solicit a range of perspectives from different groups of stakeholders. HiOA’s board was then presented with three name variants at its June 2016 meeting. The board formally endorsed the name OsloMet in December 2017 and the King-in-Council approved the name at the same time that it granted us university status.

Why Oslo Metropolitan? Other institutions with profiles similar to ours, in the U.K. for example, include the word Metropolitan in their names to signify a pre-professional orientation and close ties to the needs of the labor market. As this is exactly the kind of institution we are and aspire to continue being, we think the inclusion of the word Metropolitan suits us perfectly – and hope you do too!

7. Will OsloMet have a different academic focus or orientation than HiOA did?

Our becoming a university has no direct impact on our academic offerings. We regularly re-evaluate our educational portfolio and will continue to do so now that we are a university.

Strategy 2024 describes our institution’s profile, mission and academic character. Until now, we have in certain cases had to apply to the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) and the Ministry for Education and Research when we have sought to establish new study programs. Going forward, we will be able to manage our educational portfolio ourselves.

8. Okay, you've convinced me. Can I have a t-shirt or coffee mug with an OsloMet inscription on it?

We’re glad to know you’re on board! We’re currently putting the finishing touches on our new logo and visual profile. As soon as those are ready, we’ll begin producing merchandise to help spread the OsloMet love. Our alumni are some of our most important ambassadors, and we’d love to have you help us spread the word about the new university at your workplace.

Want us to set aside a t-shirt, coffee mug or water bottle once we’ve ordered our batch of OsloMet merchandise? Register as a member or our alumni database and we’ll make sure you get something with the new logo on it.

Jeff Lugowe Published: Updated: