January 1, 2016 Diakonhjemmet University College, Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Betanien University College and School of Mission and Theology merged and became VID Specialized University
The new university has 3500 students and 340 employees. And campuses in Bergen, Oslo, Sandnes and Stavanger.
VID Specialized University is a value based and ecclesiastical anchored scientific university with high academic ambitions for education and research, and societal and ecclesial relevance.
VID Specialized University's goal is to be attractive as both a study place and working place. The university will act as a single unified national and regional player within education and research, and as a partner for knowledge sharing, skills development and professional development.
VID Specialized University is recognized by the European Commission through the Erasmus charter for higher education, 2014–2020. Erasmus charter for higher education is VID's platform for quality in exchange and mobility cooperation with international higher education institutions.
The university's Erasmus Policy Statement is developed as VID's platform for internationalization within the Erasmus+ program.
VID is also an owner of Centre for Intercultural Communication in Stavanger.