The University of Iceland was established 17th June 1911, on the centenary of the national hero of Iceland, 19th century Icelandic statesman Jón Sigurðsson, usually referred to as “president”.
The University of Iceland is one of the largest employers in the country. The university employs around one thousand permanent staff and around two thousand external lecturers and temporary staff.
The University of Iceland is responsible for the publication of a variety of material. Hundreds of academic publications are released every year by various UI institutions and scholars related to them.
The University Council and the Univeristy Forum are responsible for development and the enhancement of the University. The executive power or a mandate for administrative decisions are though in the hands of the Rector and the University Council.
The central administration of the University of Iceland consists of six service and support divisions.