Tributes pour in for late professor

Frank Aarebrot was one of Norway’s most well-known and cherished professors. His death just before the country’s parliamentary election on Monday was setting off sorrow and a stream of tributes, since Aarebrot was one of Norway’s foremost election experts who willingly shared his insight and explained Norwegian politics also to folks far from his packed classrooms and […]

Initiation stunt went wrong at NTNU

As many as 15 new students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim wound up in the hospital this week after drinking shots of vinegar during an initiation rite at the school’s engineering division. One remained in the intensive care ward at St Olavs Hospital on Wednesday with what doctors called […]

‘Be nice,’ urges new UiO rector

When the University of Oslo’s new rector, Svein Stølen, welcomed students at the start of the new academic year last week, among the advice he offered them was a suggestion to “be nice” to one another. That pretty much sums up the approach Stølen is taking after being named to lead Norway’s largest institution of higher learning […]

Racism charges shake university

Four current and former employees of the property department at the University of Oslo (UiO) complain they’ve been subjected to racist treatment by colleagues for years. The department head admits there have been problems, and an investigation is underway. The university’s own student newspaper, Universitas, reported this week that the employees have suffered from both harassment and […]

Wristwatches to be banned during exams

The University of Oslo is imposing a ban on the use of all wristwatches during exams, because many of them have become too smart. The advent of “smart watches” that contain computers makes them all suspect, since students could use them to cheat. The university announced the ban, claiming it was no long possible to discern […]

Political parties’ youth organizations unite on student housing demand

It’s not often that the youth organizations tied to all of Norway’s political parties agree on a common platform, but they have on the issue of student housing. They’re demanding more of it, especially given the high real estate prices and rental rates in Oslo and other Norwegian cities. The youth parties for Labour, the […]

UiO rector bound for Karolinska

Dr Ole Petter Ottersen, the outgoing rector at the University of Oslo (UiO), has been recommended by the board of Sweden’s prestigious medical school Karolinska to take over as its chief. Now it’s up to the Swedish government to make a final decision, which is expected to be affirmative. “Karolinska will get an experienced and […]

Business school NHH challenges rival’s turf

Norway’s Bergen-based business school NHH (Norges Handelshøyskole) plans to challenge its arch-rival Handelshøyskolen BI on its own home turf in Oslo. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported recently that NHH plans to establish a new full-time master’s degree program in the capital. NHH said it plans to offer a master’s degree program in accounting and auditing, aimed at […]

School starts with another student housing shortage

As Norwegian universities and colleges launched into their autumn terms this week, more than 11,000 students were stuck on waiting lists for housing. A chronic shortage of student housing has been made worse by sky-high prices and rental rates in the private housing market. This year’s numbers from the Norwegian student organization NSO show an increase […]

Students drop petroleum program

Hard times in the oil and offshore industry are reflected in the numbers of students, or lack thereof, applying to participate in oil-related programs. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim has reported a huge decline, as have other schools around the country. After years of encouraging students to become engineers or geologists, […]