The University Center of the Westfjords is a non-profit organization established in March 2005. It has 40 founding members, including all of the country's institutions of higher education. The Center began operations in Vestrahús in Ísafjörður in January 2006. The same building houses offices of the Marine Research Institute, the Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories, and the Icelandic Snow Avalanche Research Center, among others. The Westfjords Regional Development Center is also located here, and all of the organizations represented in the building share common reception facilities.