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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, known by its Norwegian acronym NTNU (from Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet), is located in Trondheimmarker. NTNU is the second largest of the seven universities in Norwaymarker, and, as its name suggests, has the main national responsibility for higher education in engineering and technology. In addition to engineering and the natural and physical sciences, the university offers advanced degrees in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine, architecture and fine art.

NTNU has several campuses in Trondheim [32207], with Gløshaugenmarker, for engineering and sciences, and Dragvollmarker, for humanities and social sciences as the main two. Other campuses include Tyholtmarker for marine technology, Øyamarker for medicine, Kalvskinnetmarker for archaeology, Midtbyen for the music conservatory and Nedre Elvehavnmarker for the art academy.

NTNU consists of seven faculties with a total of 53 departments. The university has approximately 20,000 students. Academic and administrative staff contribute 4,300 man-labour years of which 2,500 are in education and research. NTNU has more than 100 laboratories and is at any time running some 2,000 research projects.

NTNU welcomes students from all over the world, and has roughly 300 research agreements or exchange programs with 58 institutions worldwide [32208]. More than 30 of the master’s programmes are taught in English. [32209]PhD programs are open to qualified applicants, and are paid staff positions that give candidates specific workplace rights and benefits under Norwegian law. [32210]

NTNU cooperates closely with SINTEF, the largest independent research institution in Scandinavia and one of the largest in Europe, and with St. Olavs University Hospitalmarker.

NTNU was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Norwegian Institute of Technologymarker (NTH) (1910), 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 merger, NTH, AVH, DMF, and VM together constituted the University of Trondheim (UNiT), which was a much looser organization. However, the university's roots go back to 1760, with the foundation of the Trondheim Society, which in 1767 became the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. A group of Trondheim-based institutions including NTNU will celebrate a 250th Jubilee in 2010 to commemorate this history. [32211]

NTNU was in 2009 ranked 6th in Europe and 54th in the World in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities [32212], highest of the Norwegian universities.

Student organizations

NTNU students have a clear presence in the city of Trondheim. The most famous student organization is the Studentersamfundet i Trondhjemmarker, also known as "the red round house" after its architectural form; every second year it organizes a cultural festival UKA. Another festival organized by students is the International Student Festival in Trondheim ISFiT, which awards a student peace prize and draws internationally known speakers. The student sports organization, NTNUI, has roughly 10 000 members in its many branches [32213], with the largest groups including orienteering, cross-country and telemark skiing, but there are also groups for sports less common in Norway, like American football and aikido. A cabin and cottage organization owns several cabin in the countryside, available for students wishing to spend a few days away. There are also student fraternities, some of which conduct voluntary hazing rituals, which provide contact with potential employers and for social interaction between students. There are also alumni associations; religious and political organizations; clubs devoted to various topics such as innovation, human rights, beer, oatmeal, anime and computers; and The Association for Various Associations, which is a parody of the university's large number of organizations.

Noted alumni


Image:NTNU_Hovedbygget2.JPG|The main building and the institution's first building, on the Gløshaugenmarker campusImage:NTNU_Dragvoll.jpg|View from inside the Dragvollmarker campus structure, which is a series of buildings linked by a glassed-in streetImage:Elektro.JPG|"Elektro". The Electrical Engineering buildingImage:Real1.jpg|NTNU's newest building, for the natural sciences. The building covers 60,000 sq. meters and is the largest building in Trondheim[32214]Image:FakAB-CameraObscura.jpg|1-2-TRE is a academic course for students of both architecture and construction. After a competition during the course, the students design and plan a life size camera obscura on the corner of the canal and the Nidelv river, using 3D cutter technology.

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