University of Oslo

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The University of Oslo (UiO, Norwegian: Universitetet i Oslo, Latin: Universitas Osloensis) is the largest and oldest institution of higher education in Norway. It was founded in 1811 when Norway was still under Danish rule. Today the University of Oslo has approximately 30,000 students and 4,600 employees. Four Nobel Prize winners indicate the quality of the research at the University.

Its web site in English is at

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The university was modelled after the recently established University of Berlin, and originally named after King Frederick of Denmark and Norway. It received its current name in 1939.

The university has faculties of (Lutheran) Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, and Education. The Faculty of Law is still located at the old campus on Karl Johans gate (Oslo's central pedestrian street), near the National Theatre, the Royal Palace, and the Parliament, while most of the other faculties are located at a modern campus area called Blindern, erected from the 1930s.

Currently the university is considered one of the leading universities of Scandinavia. In 2007 the University of Oslo was ranked as the best university in Norway, the 19th best in Europe and 69th best in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Also, in 2005 its faculty of humanities was ranked as the best in the Nordic countries, the 5th best in Europe and the 16th best in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement[2].


Many courses at UiO require the use of web-based services for their course activities. The most common system in use is Fronter, a web based digital learning environment that allows for communication and cooperation among the students. Fronter is used for submitting assignments, sharing information, communicating, discussion, etc. A list of names and email addresses of all the students is provided for each group. As Fronter is a web-based application, students may communicate with fellow students and their teachers wherever they are.

A wiki (based on InterMedia) is used for research and teaching on some courses - see

However, the English version of the current Strategic Plan at does not mention e-learning.

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