Norway has the oldest students in Europe

College and university students in Norway are the oldest in Europe, according to new numbers from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). Fully 25 percent of Norwegian students are over the age of 30. Norway has long had much older students than those in the US, for example, where most college students come directly from […]

Professor fired in Stavanger

A controversial professor in the University of Stavanger’s Department of Cultural Studies and Languages has become only the third professor to ever be dismissed from a Norwegian university. The university’s employment commission voted Friday to fire Nils Rune Langeland after he’d been accused of sending sexually offensive text message to several female students. Langeland, who […]

Professor faces dismissal over sexual harassment

A professor at the University of Stavanger (UiS) faced being fired this week, as university officials announced a case against him calling for his dismissal. Website Khrono, which covers the education sector, reported that the case would be handled by the university’s board on Friday. The professor has been accused on multiple occasions of sending […]

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 […]