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University of Oslo
(The Royal Frederick University)
Universitetet i Oslo
(Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet)
Seal of the University of Oslo
Latin: Universitas Osloensis
(Universitas Regia Fredericiana)
Established 1811
Type Public university
Rector Professor Ole Petter Ottersen (2009-)
Faculty 2,800 (2007)
Staff 4,600 (2007)
Students 25,617 (2008)
Location Oslo, Norway
Campus Urban
Affiliations EUA
Website www.uio.no

The University of Oslo (Norwegian: Universitetet i Oslo, Latin: Universitas Osloensis) is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

It was founded in 1811 as The Royal Frederick University (in Norwegian Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet and in Latin Universitas Regia Fredericiana). The university was modelled after the recently established University of Berlin, and originally named after King Frederick of Denmark and Norway. It received its current name in 1939.

The university has faculties of (Lutheran) Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, and Education. The Faculty of Law is still located at the old campus on Karl Johans gate, near the National Theatre, the Royal Palace, and the Parliament, while most of the other faculties are located at a modern campus area called Blindern, erected from the 1930s. The Faculty of Medicine is split between several university hospitals in the Oslo area.

Currently the university has about 27,000 students and employs about 4,600 people. It is considered one of the leading universities of Scandinavia, and is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 or top 200 universities. In 2007 the University of Oslo was ranked as the best university in Norway, the 19th best in Europe and 69th best in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[1] Also, in 2005 its faculty of humanities was ranked as the best in the Nordic countries, the 5th best in Europe and the 16th best in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement.[2] In 2009, the university was ranked as the 101st best in the world by Times Higher Education[3].

Until the founding of the University in 1811, the University of Copenhagen was the only university of Denmark-Norway. After the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian union in 1814, close academic ties between the countries have been maintained. The University of Oslo was the only university in Norway until 1946, and hence informally often known as simply "The University".

The University of Oslo is home to five Nobel Prize winners, with one of the Nobel Prizes (the Nobel Peace Prize) itself being awarded in the city of Oslo, close to the Faculty of Law.

Contents

Units

King Frederick of Denmark and Norway was the founder of the university

Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Law

  • Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) [1]
  • Department of Criminology and the Sociology of Law [2]
  • Department of Private Law [3]
  • Department of Public and International Law [4]
  • Section for Information Technology and Administrative Systems (SITAS) [5]
  • Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law [6]
  • Centre for European Law [7]
  • Norwegian Centre for Human Rights [8]
The Faculty of Law
Central campus of the university, where today only the faculty of law is located. These buildings were inspired by the famous buildings of Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel in Berlin.
The new library building at the Blindern campus, houses the Library of Arts and Social Sciences.

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Humanities

  • Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History [9]
  • Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages [10]
  • Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas [11]
  • Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages [12]
  • Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies [13]
  • Department of Media and Communication [14]
  • Department of Musicology [15]
  • Unit for Digital Documentation [16]
  • Centre for Ibsen Studies [17]
  • Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature [18]
  • The Norwegian University Centre in St. Petersburg [19]
  • The Norwegian Institute in Rome [20]
  • Centre for French-Norwegian research cooperation within the social sciences and the humanities [21]

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Department of Biology [22]
  • Department of Molecular Biosciences [23]
  • School of Pharmacy [24]
  • Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics [25]
  • Department of Physics [26]
  • Department of Informatics [27]
  • Department of Geosciences [28]
  • Department of Chemistry [29]
  • Department of Mathematics [30]
  • Department of Physics of Geological Processes [31]
  • Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
  • Centre of Mathematics for Applications [32]
  • Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis [33]
  • Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology [34]
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship [35]

Faculty of Dentistry

  • Department of Oral Biology
  • Institute of Clinical Dentistry

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Department of Sociology and Human Geography [36]
  • Department of Political Science [37]
  • Department of Psychology [38]
  • Department of Social Anthropology [39]
  • Department of Economics [40]
  • Centre for technology, innovation and culture [41]
  • ARENA - Centre for European studies [42]

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Teacher Education and School Development
  • Department of Special Needs Education
  • Institute for Educational Research
  • The Autism Unit
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in New Media and Communication Technology

University Library

  • Library of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Library of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law Library
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Library

Units directly under The Senate

Oslo's central pedestrian street, the Karl Johans gate, seen from the Domus Media building of the Faculty of Law

Museums

Museum of Cultural History

  • The Historical Museum
  • Collection of Coins and Medals
  • Ethnographic Museum
  • The Viking Ship Museum

Natural History Museum

People

Rectors

Nobel laureates

Five researchers at the University of Oslo have been awarded Nobel Prizes:

Faculty

Alumni

Seal

The university seal as of 1842

The seal of the University of Oslo features Apollo with the Lyre, and dates from 1835. The seal has been redesigned several times, most recently in 2009. The former design dates from the 1980s.[4]

Student life

Like all public institutions of higher education in Norway, the university does not charge tuition fees. However, a small fee of 420 NOK (roughly 65 USD) per term goes to the student welfare organisation Studentsamskipnaden i Oslo, to subsidise kindergartens, health services, housing and cultural initiatives, the weekly newspaper Universitas and the radio station Radio Nova.

Rankings

Academic Ranking of World Universities

Year Rank
2003 63
2004 68
2005 68
2006 68
2007 69
2008 64
2009 65 (best in Norway, 3rd best in the Nordic countries, 18th best in Europe)

THE–QS World University Rankings

Year Rank (Change)
2004 101
2005 138 ( 37)
2006 177 ( 39)
2007 188 ( 11)
2008 177 ( 11)
2009 101 ( 76) (best in Norway, 5th best in the Nordic countries, 40th best in Europe)

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities

Year Rank
2007 48
2008 50
2009 55 (2nd best in Norway, 3rd best in the Nordic countries, 7th best in Europe)

See also

References

  1. ^ http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2007/ARWU2007_Top100.htm
  2. ^ Uniforum nett no - HF-fakultetet er i verdstoppen
  3. ^ http://www.uniforum.uio.no/nyheter/2009/10/uio-femte-beste-i-norden.html
  4. ^ http://universitas.no/nett/54264/universitetet-i-oslo-far-nytt-design/

External links

Coordinates: 59°56′23.77″N 10°43′19.43″E / 59.9399361°N 10.7220639°E / 59.9399361; 10.7220639


Simple English

University of Oslo
(The Royal Frederick University)
Universitetet i Oslo
(Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet)
Established 1811
Type Public university
Rector Professor Ole Petter Ottersen (2009-)
Staff 4,600 (2007)
Students 25,617 (2008)
Place Oslo, Norway
Campus Urban
Website www.uio.no

The University of Oslo (Norwegian: Universitetet i Oslo, Latin: Universitas Osloensis) is the oldest and largest university in Norway. It is in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The university began in 1811 as The Royal Frederick University (in Norwegian Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet and in Latin Universitas Regia Fredericiana). The university was modelled after the recently established University of Berlin, and originally named after King Frederick of Denmark and Norway. In 1939 it changed to the name it has now.

The university has faculties of (Lutheran) Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, and Education. The Faculty of Law is still located at the old campus on Karl Johans gate, near the National Theatre, the Royal Palace, and the Parliament. Most of the other faculties are at a modern campus area called Blindern. The Faculty of Medicine is split between several university hospitals in the Oslo area.

Currently the university has about 27,000 students and employs about 4,600 people.








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