University of Tromsø

The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (Norwegian: Universitetet i Tromsø – Norges arktiske universitet; Northern Sami: Romssa universitehta – Norgga árktalaš universitehta) is a state university in Norway and the world's northernmost university.[2] Located in the city of Tromsø, Norway, it was established by an act of parliament in 1968, and opened in 1972. It is one of ten universities in Norway. The University of Tromsø is the largest research and educational institution in Northern Norway and the sixth-largest university in Norway.[3] The University's location makes it a natural venue for the development of studies of the region's natural environment, culture, and society.

University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway
UiT – Norges arktiske universitet
UiT – Noregs arktiske universitet
UiT – Norgga árktalaš universitehta
Seal of the University of Tromsø
TypePublic University
RectorAnne Husebekk
Administrative staff
AthleticsTromsøstudentenes Idrettslag (TSI)
AffiliationsEUA, UArctic

The main focus of the University's activities is on 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[4] 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 1 January 2009, the University of Tromsø merged with Tromsø University College. On 1 August 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.[5] On 1 January 2016, Narvik University College and Harstad University College merged with UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. As of January 2016 the university now has six campus locations in northern Norway, the main campus being Tromsø.

Faculties and other units[6]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

  • Department of Physics and Technology
  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Engineering and Safety
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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 unitsEdit

Honorary doctors[8]Edit

Notable employeesEdit

Notable alumniEdit


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, for example, on the raven banner.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "UiT Figures and Facts". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ About UIT UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. September 22, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2020
  3. ^ The largest study locations in Norway Statistics Norway. March 23, 2018. Retrieved June 12, 2020
  4. ^ Polar Environmental Centre Archived 2005-12-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Navn på enheter ved UiT (bokmål, nynorsk, samisk, engelsk og forkortelser)
  7. ^ Isaksen, Lisbeth (2012-05-04). "Venn i vekst". Dagbladet. p. 73. I dag eies Barentsinstituttet av Universitetet i Tromsø.
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ Thuen, Trond (2010). "Robert Paine (1926-2010)". Acta Borealia. 27 (2): 237–238. doi:10.1080/08003831.2010.527540.
  10. ^ "Nekrologer". Aftenposten. 2012-06-13. p. 15.
  11. ^ Beau Riffenburgh (2007). Encyclopedia of the Antarctic. Taylor & Francis. pp. 1095–1096. ISBN 978-0-415-97024-2.

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