The University Centre of South Iceland (UCSI, Háskólafélag Suðurlands) is owned by fourteen municipalities in South Iceland. It was founded in 2007 with the aim of improving the quality of life in the region, especially as regards access to tertiary education, and science and research activities in the area. It works closely with universities and research institutions. Recently, it coordinated the establishment of the first Geopark in Iceland (www.katlageopark.is) and is now working with local municipalities and Matis, an Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D Company, www.matis.is/english/ ) in developing a food lab in the region. UCSI has a partnership with South Iceland Marketing Office (http://en.south.is) and The Institute of University of Iceland Study Centres (http://rannsoknasetur.hi.is/en/univeristy_icelands_institute_research_centres) in developing educational tourism.
These projects have all been funded partly by the the Growth Agreement Project for the South Region of Iceland, a project administered by the Icelandic Regional Development Institute (http://www.byggdastofnun.is/en ) and the Development Center of South Iceland (www.sudur.is/sidur/english).
The graduate summer course in Natural Catastrophes in May/June 2011 was the first course run jointly by UCSI and EERC, the second course in 2012 dealt with Natural Disaster Management and the third one in 2013 was in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. EERC is a part of the University of Iceland and is responsible for the high academic quality of the course while UCSI coordinaties the marketing and application process, accommodation, field trips etc.
|Name||Title||Main Field of expertise|
|Hrafnkell Guðnason||Project Manager||Marketing|
|Ingunn Jónsdóttir||Project Manager||Product design|
|Jóna Björk Jónsdóttir||Project Manager||Natural Sciences|
|Rannveig Ólafsdóttir||Project Manager||Natural Sciences|
|Sigurður Sigursveinsson||Director||Geography, Education|
|Steingerður Hreinsdóttir||Project Manager||Business administration|