Norwegian University of Science and Technology

City: Trondheim
Country: Norway
This is NTNU The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim represents academic eminence in technology and the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine, architecture to fine art. Cross-disciplinary cooperation results in innovative breakthroughs and creative solutions with far-reaching social and economic impact. A brief history of NTNU: NTNU - the nation builder Whether in the oil industry, search engines, or jazz - new standards are being set by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Photo: Oil drilling Plattform Gullfaks C in the North Sea Photo: Paul Sigve Amundsen/NTNU Info Norway is a small country with natural resources that have placed it in a privileged position. When oil and gas were first discovered on the Norwegian continental shelf in 1969, Norway had limited technological expertise in petroleum exploration and production. Extracting oil from reservoirs about a kilometre below the seabed was no easy task. Nevertheless the Norwegian government stepped into the petroleum age. And what is today NTNU was given a vital role in building this new industry. Photo: high-voltage power line Photo: Jens Søraa/NTNU Info Top priority to energy and environmental research Today Norway has become one of the world’s largest exporters of oil and natural gas, and probably has the most technologically advanced industry in the world in offshore production. An important challenge we now face is developing the technology and strategies to prevent CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Energy and environmental research is one of the top priorities at NTNU. The roots of Norway’s maritime technological leadership go back more than a thousand years, when know-how in shipbuilding enabled the Vikings to build colonies and trade throughout the North Atlantic. Norway has 2650 kilometres of indented coastline and deep fjords fed by rivers off the inland mountain plateaus. This provides clean renewable energy – hydropower and electricity to Norwegian offices, factories and houses. Engineers educated in Trondheim have been central in building the infrastructure that makes all this possible. Off the coast there are the abundant sources of healthy food - fish-farms in coastal waters and fisheries on the banks in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea. Energy resources, advanced technology and the fisheries are the three pillars that underpin one of the healthiest economies on the planet. Photo: Researcher at the Department of Civil and Transport Engineering working in the field Photo: Rune Petter Ness/NTNU Info Building the nation Norway's technological advances are deeply entwined with the establishment of the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) in Trondheim in 1910 – the forerunner of NTNU. From the beginning, the country’s potential and existing natural resources shaped this institution’s areas of research and expertise. As it was assigned the national responsibility for education and research in technology, eighty per cent of the country's graduate engineers have been educated in Trondheim. The graduates of our university have literally been building the nation for almost a century. NTNU is renowned for its high international standards not just in energy and environmental R&D, but also in medical technology, materials science, marine and maritime research and information and communication technology. World class research at NTNU and SINTEF - our close partner in contract research - generates products and solutions worth billions of dollars a year.