It is the University’s policy to offer outstanding education, which enables students to acquire extensive knowledge in their field of study, enhances their broadmindedness, and strengthens their creativity. Stress is laid on promoting students’ ability to adopt and exercise professional work methods, to apply theories and concepts in assignment solutions, and strengthening their ability to resolve practical challenges. This way the University aims at providing students with the best possible preparation for participating in democratic society and economy, or for further studies. Bifröst University fulfills the requirements made for studies in the disciplines for which the University has been accredited.
Teaching at Bifröst University consists of diverse teaching methods which emphasise independent student work and comprehensive threoretical instructor support. This implies that the University attaches great importance to project work, which demands both student initiative and responsibility as well as the ability to cooperate in the case of group projects. Course asssessment shall be diverse and professional, and there shall be congruence between teaching methods, course assessment and competence criteria.
The students at Bifröst University use class hours for assignment work or discussions about course topics, as applicable, but watch instructors’ video lectures on the University’s intranet. Emphasis is placed on giving students the opportunity of work related studies, both in undergraduate and graduate programmes.
For years Bifröst University has offered hybrid studies, i.e. a mixture of distance and on-campus learning, using the best possible IT technology at each time. The methods which have been developed at the University in connection with hybrid studies have proved to be useful in all kinds of teaching settings.
Bifröst University endeavours to hire competent instructors with a sound theoretical background, good organisational skills, which allow them to prepare and plan teaching with outstanding results, and who have the necessary desire and competence to share their knowledge in a systematic way which stimulates a positive and creative environment.
Instructors at Bifröst University take the initiative to innovate and develop teaching methods in new directions. Furthermore, the University makes a point of making it possible for instructors to acquire continuous education and training in their respective disciplines. Instructors are to acquaint themselves well with the University’s Rules on Studies and Teaching as well as the Quality Manual, and must fulfil all conditions stipulated therein.
Bifröst University encourages its instructors to connect their own research and/or special fields of interest with their teaching, if possible. Students have the opportunity to partake in research and developmental projects under instructor supervision – as applicable at any given time – and thus get training in scholarly work methods.
Special emphasis is placed on establishing a connection between project work on the one hand and economy and society on the other. The University aims at providing students with opportunities to work on concrete real-life assignments, either for companies, public agencies, NGOs or municipalities. This will prepare students all the better for participation in the various economic sectors after the completion of their studies. Bifröst University focuses equally on social projects which contribute to reinforcing the local community, e.g. with respect to regional development, with sustainability and social responsibility as a guiding light.
Student and staff exchange is an integral part of the University’s operations, giving students an opportunity to take a part of their studies at a foreign university. In the same way it is the University’s policy that employees have the possibility to engage in teacher and staff exchange. Furthermore, the University endeavours to increase cooperation with foreign universities by way of joint course offerings or lines of study funded by third parties.
Bifröst University endeavours to provide good accommodation for learning and teaching, especially with regard to housing, technology, service, and learning management systems. The University makes an effort to provide instructors and students with good services which support teaching and learning.
The University’s Course offering and organisation of courses of study are regularly revised with the aim to maintain and enhance the quality of studies, meet student needs, and secure them a good foundation for participation in economy and society, or for further studies.
Bifröst University has a representative on the Quality Board for Icelandic Higher Education. The University’s operations are assessed on a regular basis, both regarding an internal evaluation and a regular external evaluation of the quality of studies and teaching.
Students’ teaching evaluations of individual courses are performed regularly, and the results are presented to instructors each semester. Subsequently, the instructor and the respective director look into which things need improvement and what is well done. Academic Services is responsible for the coordination of how individual course plans and course assessment are presented. This is done by way of systematic quality control within all of the University’s departments.
Instructors and students must acquaint themselves with and abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct of Bifröst University. Students bear full responsibility for their own studies and study progress. Relations between Instructors and students should be characterised by mutual courtesy, integrity, and respect.
The Education and Research Board, Academic Services, and the Quality Board are responsible for the implementation and follow-up of the Teaching Policy.
Approved at a meeting of the University Council 1 December 2014