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Trondheim, NTNU [Nov. 21st, 2006|07:19 pm]
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This is a bit of a long shot, but... do any of you happen to have any opinions/own experiences on NTNU, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet? I'm a Finnish university student, and I've been thinking of exchange possibilites recently. Since I'm Nordic, I could use the Nordplus exchange programme to come and study in Norway for a while.

I know NTNU specialises in science stuff, which is not, er... quite my territory ( :p ), but that's the thing: do you know anything about the teaching of Arts, Socials sciences etc. there? Is the teaching considered any good by Norwegian standards? (And I don't mean overly fantastic, just okay.) Do you think NTNU's a fair option for humanists, even if the university does concentrate on science? What about NTNU overall, what kind of an image do you have on it?

Lots of questions there, sorry about that. I'm just excited. I interrailed for some time in Norway this summer, and I fell in love with Trondheim. :) That's why I'm so curious about NTNU especially - I thought it only taught science but today I found out that this is not the case and that I could actually go there and study my own subject - whoopii! Just the idea of spending time in Trondheim puts a huge grin on my face. So - any info/opinions would be appreciated. :)

Takk, ha det!

[User Picture]From: vaeltaa
2006-11-21 05:33 pm (UTC)
I live in Trondheim, and I've only ever heard good things about NTNU. It's supposed to be a really good university, and this city is great for students. I really want to go there myself, when I'm old enough. :)
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[User Picture]From: neppiw
2006-11-22 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That sounds encouraging. :) And about Trondheim being a good city for students... we stayed at the TIRC hostel (in the round red house) with my friends in the summer and that impression is what we got as well. :p
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[User Picture]From: thymeth
2006-11-21 05:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm at NTNU myself, at Dragvoll studying English, and I adore the place. NTNU is, after all, considered one of the better universities in Norway.
I know NTNU specialises in science stuff. According to the uni itself, it doesn't; they claim to focus just as much on the humanists. Do they? Don't they? Who knows. There is a slight rivalry between the two campuses, us at Dragvoll think the science students down at Gløshaugen are geeky and dress badly and the students at Gløshaugen think us at Dragvoll are lazy and a bit freaky. It's all in good humour, though.
But all in all, I recommend NTNU highly.
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[User Picture]From: neppiw
2006-11-22 12:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, another English student! Hello there, colleague, and thanks for replying. NTNU's certainly starting to sound more interesting by the minute. It sounds like a great place - I suppose I'll have to start looking into this properly. :)
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[User Picture]From: pengolodh_sc
2006-11-21 05:46 pm (UTC)
NTNU was created by the merging of NTH (the Norwegian Institute of Technology), AVH (the College of Arts and Sciences), Vitenskapsmuseet (the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology), the Faculty of Medicine (DMF), and the Trondheim Conservatory of Music. While technology and natural science form a big part of the university's courses (it's the only university in Norway to offer master-level education and doctorates in a broad range of technological studies), the humane sciences also are a big part of it.

The museum is spread across several campuses, with technology and natural science concentrated on Gløshaugen (which is basically downtown Trondheim), while the humane sciences are at the Dragvoll campus, which is a bit further away (20 minutes by bus from downtown and 10 minutes by the same bus from two of the major student housing complexes, with (when I was there) at least eight busdepartures per hour each direction during the workday Monday-Friday). Bicycling is also possible.

There is some measure of resentment at Dragvoll over what they perceive as imbalanced spending in favour of Gløshaugen, and according to Universitetsavisa there are some space problems at Dragvoll - many students, and not quite enough workspace for all (each master student is supposed to have a permanent readingplace in one of the reserved readinghalls, but there aren't enough to go around, and there are too few spaces in the open reading halls, too).

My impression of NTNU is generally good, though I studied at Gløshaugen. I did have one subject at Dragvoll, though, and it seemed good enough to me. In my experience, teaching at NTNU is perfectly good, though I think the University in Oslo is considered to be better on international ratings. Complaints seem to be more about the physical nature of the campus - not quite enough space, and the layout of the campus at Dragvoll is somewhat confusing when one is new there.
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[User Picture]From: neppiw
2006-11-22 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the info! I don't find the space problems to be a bad thing if the university otherwise has a good atmosphere, and since I'm not so much into bigger cities, NTNU seems just fine compared to the University of Oslo. I've actually been to Gløshaugen (I took a walk there in the summer and took some photos for my brother who studies in a similar technical university here in Finland). Too bad I didn't know about Dragvoll then, could've gone and taken a look at it. :)
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[User Picture]From: seilduksgata
2006-11-21 11:01 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who did sociology at NTNU and apparently the teaching in that particular subject was really boring...
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[User Picture]From: neppiw
2006-11-22 01:00 pm (UTC)
Well yeah, most teaching is boring here as well... I suppose I'm used to it.
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[User Picture]From: seilduksgata
2006-11-22 02:30 pm (UTC)
If it was me, I think I'd apply and reckon to switch if the course was really unsuitable once I got there. It seems quite easy to move around in the Norwegian uni system. I fell in love with Oslo as a city and decided I HAD to go to the Uni here just because I wanted to live here, and its worked out really well for me.
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