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The University of Oslo ( , ) is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in Norwaymarker, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslomarker.

History

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 Berlinmarker, 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 gatemarker, near the National Theatremarker, the Royal Palacemarker, and the Parliamentmarker, while most of the other faculties are located at a modern campus area called Blindernmarker, 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. 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. 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. In 2008, the university was ranked as the 177th best by Times, with the Faculty of Social Sciences ranked the 104th best in the world.

Until the founding of the University in 1811, the University of Copenhagenmarker 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.

Units



Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law
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 [5564]
  • Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages [5565]
  • Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas [5566]
  • Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages [5567]
  • Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies [5568]
  • Department of Media and Communication [5569]
  • Department of Musicology [5570]
  • Unit for Digital Documentation [5571]
  • Centre for Ibsen Studies [5572]
  • Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature [5573]
  • The Norwegian University Centre in St. Petersburg [5574]
  • The Norwegian Institute in Rome [5575]
  • Centre for French-Norwegian research cooperation within the social sciences and the humanities [5576]


Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences



Faculty of Dentistry

  • Department of Oral Biology
  • Institute of Clinical Dentistry


Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Department of Sociology and Human Geography [5591]
  • Department of Political Science [5592]
  • Department of Psychology [5593]
  • Department of Social Anthropology [5594]
  • Department of Economics [5595]
  • Centre for technology, innovation and culture [5596]
  • ARENA - Centre for European studies [5597]


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





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.

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.

Trivia

On the 2009 THE–QS World University Rankings list, the University of Oslo was ranked inside the top 200 for the sixth consecutive year.An overview of the last years:
Year Rank (Change)
2004 101
2005 138 ( 37)
2006 177 ( 39)
2007 188 ( 11)
2008 177 ( 11)
2009 101 ( 76)


See also



References

  1. http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2007/ARWU2007_Top100.htm
  2. Uniforum nett no - HF-fakultetet er i verdstoppen


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