University of Oslo


About UiO:

The University of Oslo (UiO), is the oldest and largest university in Norway and is recognized as one of Northern Europe’s most prestigious universities. The University of Oslo (UiO) was founded in 1811 and is Norway’s oldest and premier institution of higher education. UiO has contributed substantially to research, innovation, and education in and outside of Norway.

Today the UiO is the country’s largest public institution of research and higher learning. UiO has ambitious goals for increasing its contribution to academic developments internationally, as well as for resolving the challenges facing society today. The overriding goal of UiO’s Strategy 2020 is to strengthen our international position as a leading research university through a close interaction across research, education, communication, and innovation.


As a university with a broad range of academic disciplines, UiO has top research communities in most areas. UiO coordinates ten Centres of Excellence (SFF), two Centres for Research-based Innovation and three of Norway’s foremost museums. Moreover, UiO has a strategic focus on interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy and life sciences, as well as the major initiative to “unpack” the Nordic model. UiO has access to good public funding schemes and offers high-end lab and office facilities, libraries, and technical support.


UiO focuses on research-based education and attracts highly qualified students from all over the world. Students at UiO learn from Norway’s foremost researchers, with excellent facilities in the beautiful city of Oslo. UiO’s Centre for Professional learning in Teacher education (ProTed) has been awarded the title of Centre of Excellence in Education by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).


UiO contributes to innovation directly through commercialization of the research findings of its academic staff and students as well as through cooperation with business partners and the public sector. The most important contribution to innovation, however, is made through the education of degree candidates, excellent research, and the exchange of knowledge with important stakeholders in society.

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President Ottersen

President Ole Petter Ottersen

Ole Petter Ottersen is the University of Oslo’s rector (President) for the
period 20009-2017. Professor Ottersen graduated from the University of Oslo
as MD in 1980, and gained his doctorate in medicine in 1982. He was
Vice-Dean of Research at the Medical Faculty 2000 – 2002, and from 2002 to
2009 he headed the Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, one of
Norway’s centres of excellence. Ottersen chaired  a national Functional
Genomics Program under the Norwegian Research Council, and from 2006 to 2009
he was Chief Editor of “Neuroscience” – the journal of the International
Brain Research Organization (IBRO).  He chaired the Lancet-University of
Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health whose report was launched in
February 2014. Ottersen serves as a board member of the Oslo University
Hospital. Professor Ottersen has received a number of awards for his
research, including the Anders Jahre Medical Prize for young scientists in
1990, The Lundbeck Foundation Nordic Award for Outstanding Research 2005,
and the Anders Jahre Award for Medical Research (main award) in 2008.