An independent centre
RHA - University of Akureyri Research Centre is an independent centre within the University of Akureyri and a part of its head office (organizational chart). The main objective is to enhance the University of Akureyri's research capabilities and to strengthen its ties to the local and national economy. It also has the role of developing new projects within the university and carries out research administration for the university. The centre receives funding for services for the university, from research projects and consultations for companies, organisations, ministries and domestic and foreign research grants.
RHA's researchers have diverse educational backgrounds and experience such as sociology, education, information technology, journalism, geography, political science and business management. They come from a variety of professional backgrounds, including local government, teaching, journalism, banks, ministries and institutions. This enables RHA to engage in and support research projects that demand a highly cross-disciplinary approach. Comparable institutions usually have a narrower focus.