Sámi allaskuvla / Sámi University of Applied Sciences was established in 1989. Nordic Sámi Institute - a Sámi research institution established in 1973 in Guovdageaidnu - was co-organized with the University of Applied Sciences in 2005. Since 2009 Sámi allaskuvla is located in Diehtosiida (that literally means House of Knowledge). More information about the institution and the building  can be found through the following links:

Sámi allaskuvla is a leading higher education and research institution in the Sámi territory as well as the indigenous world. Sámi allaskuvla conducts research in many scientific fields. The research includes linguistics, culture, reindeer husbandry and other traditional industries, traditional knowledge, journalism, place names, the modern society and history; policy research at local, national and international levels and other fields. Sámi allaskuvla actively promotes Sámi research as an integral part of the Indigenous research.

Some aspects of the Sámi allaskuvla’s research activity is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. This is the legacy of the former Nordic Sámi Institute. Sámi research has an important role in securing and promoting the future of the Sámi societies. Each Indigenous society needs to build its own scientific capacity, educate its experts and evolve on level with the majority society. 

As a member institution of WINHEC (World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium) the Sámi University College research activity follows the WINHEC Research Standards

Sámi allaskuvla has scientific publications serials such as Dieđut and Raporttat. In collaboration with UiT The Arctic University of Norway - Centre for Sámi studies, Sámi allaskuvla has been publishing Sámi dieđalaš áigečála, the Sámi scientific journal. It is the only scientific journal in the world published in the Sámi language and which also has referees.