The University of Iceland is a research university and places great emphasis on quality in research. The University operates dozens of research institutions and centres, which are the venue for diverse research in various fields. Leading Icelandic scientists take part in research at the University, and each day strong innovative work takes place at the University of Iceland.
The University of Iceland is a large and far reaching institution. Seven study centres connected to the University are operated in rural areas; many of these attend to research based on localised knowledge. The University considers itself responsible for strengthening academia and research everywhere in the country. Consequently, this aspect of the University's operations is growing rapidly.
The University of Iceland operates a vast number of service institutions; all of these work relentlessly to provide students with the best service possible. Many types of services are available: educational and career counselling, counselling about exchange programmes and various IT services, to name a few. The Service Desk in the University Centre can resolve most student questions; other staff is always keen to help.