College students’ drop-out rate high

More Norwegians pursue higher education and start degree programs than their contemporaries do in other OECD countries, but far fewer finish. Government officials are concerned about the trend that shows how only 60 percent of students in Norway actually graduate with a college degree. The trend emerged in a new survey from the OECD (Organisation […]

State builds more student housing

Norway’s education ministry announced that it will soon break ground for construction of 2,188 new student housing units, to be built in 14 Norwegian cities. The goal is to be able to offer housing to at least 20 percent of the country’s college and university students. “More student housing ensures a reasonable and predictable offer […]

Survey reveals student loneliness

A new health survey of Norwegian college and university students reveals that fully 30 percent admit to being lonely and feeling like outsiders in new school environments. They also miss having someone to talk to. School started this week all over the country, and the media is full of stories about students settling in to […]

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 […]