Norsk 101: The University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo)

Language practice with Christie Ericson

University of Oslo

Photo (Foto): Christie Ericson
One of the university’s oldest buildings

Last summer (I fjor sommer) I attended the International Summer School (deltok jeg i den internasjonale sommerskolen) at the University of Oslo (UiO). As a librarian (Som bibliotekar) at the University of Alaska, I was very interested in (var jeg veldig interessert i) learning about universities and libraries in Norway (å lære om universiteter og biblioteker i Norge). While I was there (Mens jeg var der), I spent a lot of time at (tilbrakte jeg mye av tiden på) the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (HumSam-biblioteket) and spoke with several librarians (og snakket med mange bibliotekarer). There are also three more libraries (Det er tre biblioteker til) at UiO: the Medical Library (det medisinske biblioteket), the Law Library (det juridiske biblioteket), and the Science Library (realfagsbiblioteket).

UiO was founded in (ble grunnlagt i) 1811 by King Frederick VI of Denmark (av Kong Fredrik VI av Danmark) and was the first university in Norway (og var det første universitetet i Norge). Originally called (Det ble opprinnelig kalt) Royal Frederick University (Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet), the name was changed to (navnet ble forandret til) the University of Oslo in 1939.

The university’s oldest buildings (De eldste universitetsbygningene)—Domus Bibliotheca, Domus Media, and Domus Academica ­—were built in (ble bygd i) 1852 on University Square (på Universitetsplassen) in downtown Oslo (i Oslo sentrum). The atrium (Aulaen) of the Domus Media was decorated with murals by (ble utsmykket med veggmalerier av) Edvard Munch, and the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded here from (og herfra ble Nobels fredspris tildelt fra) 1947 to 1989.

University of Oslo

Photo (Foto): Christie Ericson
Inside (Inne i) Domus Media, murals by (veggmaleri av) Edvard Munch.

Today UiO has around 28,000 students (I dag har UiO cirka 28,000 studenter) and most departments (og de fleste avdelinger) are located on the main campus at (ligger på hovedcampuset ved) Blindern. UiO offers programs (tilbyr studier) in eight faculties (ved åtte fakulteter): theology (teologi), law (jus), medicine (medisin), humanities (humanistiske fag), mathematics and natural sciences (matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fag), dentistry, (odontologi), social sciences (samfunnsvitenskaper), and education (og utdanningsvitenskap).

The highest academic office (Det høyeste akademiske vervet) at UiO is the democratically elected rector (tilhører den demokratiske valgte rektoren), followed by (etterfulgt av) the deputy rector (prorektoren) and vice-rectors (viserektorer). There are also several academic ranks (det er også flere akademiske stillinger) in research and teaching (i forskning og undervisning): full professor (professor), associate professor (førsteamanuensis), assistant professor (universitetslektor, amanuensis), researcher (forsker), postdoctoral fellow (postdoktor), research fellow (stipendiat), etc. (osv.)

 
This article originally appeared in the September 7, 2018, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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