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, […]

Iranian professor quits amidst controversy

A professor from Iran who was expelled from Norway because of security concerns tied to his work has defended his enormous research production, attacked Norway’s police intelligence unit PST and resigned his post at the University of Agder (UiA) on the country’s southern coast. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported this week that Professor Hamid Reza […]

Foreign students rally to save funding

GUEST COMMENTARY: Norway’s conservative minority government coalition has finally hammered out a state budget agreement with its two support parties in Parliament, but debate continues over many aspects of it. The International Students Union of Norway, for example, isn’t giving up its fight to save special funding for fellow students from developing countries, and submitted the following plea […]

Health officials battle outbreak of mumps

Around 80 cases of the mumps (called kusma in Norwegian) have been recorded in Norway recently, mostly among college students. The outbreak began in Trondheim, but residents of Oslo, Bergen and elsewhere along the west coast have also fallen ill. Mumps is caused by a virus that leaves those infected with painful swelling of the glands in their neck. […]