University of Tromsø

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University of Tromsø
Universitetet i Tromsø
Romssa universitehta
Seal of the University of Tromsø
Type Public University
Established 1968
Rector Anne Husebekk
Administrative staff
Students 10,100
Location Tromsø, Norway
Athletics Tromsøstudentenes Idrettslag (TSI)
Affiliations EUA, UArctic

The University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway (Norwegian: Universitetet i Tromsø – Norges arktiske universitet; is the world's northernmost university.[1] Located in the city of Tromsø, Norway, it was established in 1968, and opened in 1972. It is one of eight universities in Norway. The University of Tromsø is the largest research and educational institution in northern Norway. The University's location makes it a natural venue for the development of studies of the region's natural environment, culture, and society.

The main focus of the University's activities is on the Auroral light research, Space science, Fishery science, Biotechnology, Linguistics, Multicultural societies, Saami culture, Telemedicine, epidemiology and a wide spectrum of Arctic research projects. The close vicinity of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Polar Environmental Centre[2] gives Tromsø added weight and importance as an international centre for Arctic research. Research activities, however, are not limited to Arctic studies. The University researchers work within a broad range of subjects and are recognised both nationally and internationally.

On January 1, 2009 the University of Tromsø merged with Tromsø University College.

On August 1, 2013 the university merged with Finnmark University College to form Universitetet i Tromsø – Norges arktiske universitet (The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway), thereby adding campuses in Alta, Hammerfest and Kirkenes.[3]

Faculties and other units[4][edit]

The humanities district in Breivika

Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Department of Medical Biology
  • Department of Community Medicine
  • Department of Clinical Medicine
  • Department of Pharmacy
  • Department of Clinical Dentistry
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Health and Care Science

Faculty of Science and Technology

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education

  • Department of Archaeology and Social Anthropology
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of History and Religious Studies
  • Department of Culture and Literature
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Sociology, Political Science and Community Planning
  • Department of Language and Linguistics
  • The Barents Institute
  • Centre for Women's and Gender
  • Research Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø (CPS)
  • Centre for Sami Studies
  • Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Department of Music, Dance and Drama
  • Academy of Contemporary Art and Creative Writing

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Sports, Tourism and Social Work

  • Department of Child Welfare and Social Work
  • The School of Sport Sciences
  • Department of Tourism & Northern Studies

Other units[edit]

Honorary doctors[6][edit]

Notable employees[edit]


The ravens in the university's logo are Huginn and Muninn. In Norse mythology, Hugin and Munin travel the world for Odin, bringing him news and information. Huginn represents thought and Muninn memory. Ravens are an early Norse symbol, used f.ex. on the raven banner.

See also[edit]

Portal icon University of the Arctic portal


  1. ^ Welcome to the University of Tromsø
  2. ^ Polar Environmental Centre
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Navn på enheter ved UiT (bokmål, nynorsk, samisk, engelsk og forkortelser)
  5. ^ Isaksen, Lisbeth (2012-05-04). "Venn i vekst". Dagbladet. p. 73. I dag eies Barentsinstituttet av Universitetet i Tromsø. 
  6. ^ Æresdoktorer ved Universitetet i Tromsø
  7. ^ "Nekrologer". Aftenposten. 2012-06-13. p. 15. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 69°40′49.84″N 18°58′23.28″E / 69.6805111°N 18.9731333°E / 69.6805111; 18.9731333