In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. The University of Stavanger is situated in the most attractive region in the country, with some 300 000 inhabitants. Stavanger is the oil and energy capital in Norway with a dynamic job market and exciting culture- and leisure activities. 'The interplay between the university and society and business is rich and diverse. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into three faculties, comprising a total of 14 departments/schools and two National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. The university also has a unit for lifelong learning called UiS Pluss. Many of the externally financed research activities are performed in cooperation with our research institute - International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). Several other research centres are organised as consortiums of The University of Stavanger, IRIS and other actors. Prekubator Technology Transfer Office is our tool for commercialisation of research ideas. The Stavanger Innovation Park (Ipark) is also located on campus, running incubator activities and helping new enterprises start up. Two organisations, SiS and StOr (the student union), take care of the students’ welfare and rights.