Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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The main building of the Gløshaugen campus
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View from inside the Dragvoll campus structure

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, known by its Norwegian acronym NTNU (from Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet), is located in Trondheim and is attended by about 20,000 students. It is one of six universities in Norway, the other five being the University of Oslo, the University of Bergen, the University of Tromsø, the University of Stavanger and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

NTNU was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), the College of Arts and Sciences (AVH), the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology (VM), the Faculty of Medicine (DMF), and the Trondheim Conservatory of Music (MiT). Prior to the 1996 merge, NTH, AVH, DMF, and VM together constituted the University of Trondheim (UNiT), which was a much looser organization.

NTNU is located in several campuses in Trondheim, the two main being Gløshaugen, for engineering and sciences, and Dragvoll, for humanities and social sciences. Other important campuses include Tyholt for ship building and Øya for medicine. There were recently talks about unifying the university in the Gløshaugen area, but the huge price tag on such a massive transfer of facilities has sparked an ongoing debate on the opportunity of such an investment.

Student organizations

The city of Trondheim has a significant presence of students, and this has given a clear mark on the city. The most famous student organization is the Studentersamfundet i Trondhjem, also known as "the red round house" after its architectural form; Studentersamfundet organizes every two years Norway's most important cultural festival, UKA, arranged by students. A large student-driven cottage, Studenterhytta, lies outside town just beside Gråkallen hill. The sports organization, NTNUI, has many members in its many branches, the main ones being orienteering, cross-country and telemark skiing.

External link

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