Norwegian Institute of Technology

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Hovedbygningen, the main building of the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) Hovedbygget ntnu.jpg
Hovedbygningen, the main building of the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH)

The Norwegian Institute of Technology (Norwegian: Norges tekniske høgskole, NTH) was a science institute in Trondheim, Norway. It was established in 1910, and existed as an independent technical university for 58 years, after which it was merged into the University of Trondheim as an independent college. [1]


In 1996 NTH ceased to exist as an organizational superstructure when the university was restructured and rebranded. The former NTH departments are now basic building blocks of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

NTH was primarily a polytechnic institute, educating master level engineers as well as architects. In 1992 NTH had 7627 master and doctoral students and 1591 employees; it graduated 1262 chartered engineers (master level), 52 chartered architects, and 92 Dr.Ing. (PhD). The operating budget was equivalent to US$100M, and the total premises amounted to around 260,000 m2 (64 acres).

Since the merger, it forms a part of the university campus commonly known as Gløshaugen, from the geographical area in which it is situated.


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Seal of the Institute

The decision to establish a Norwegian national college of technology was made by the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, in 1900, after years of heated debate on where the institution should be located; many representatives felt that the capital Kristiania (now Oslo) was self-evident as the place for this nationally important seat of learning. However, eventually Den Tekniske Høgskole was located in the geographically central city of Trondheim, based on an emerging policy of decentralisation as well as the city's existing and highly esteemed technical college, Trondhjems Tekniske Læreanstalt. [2] [3]

Hovedbygningen, the building of Norges tekniske høgskole was designed by architect Bredo Greve. It was built of granite block construction in the National Romantic style of architecture. [4]

Five academical departments were originally present in the parliament's resolution of 31 May 1900:

This section is in its early stages; more will be written as time permits. This will at least entail: 1) early years, pre-WWII history, incl Samfundet; 2) NTH during WWII; 3) possibly some info on each decade until '96, incl SINTEF, RUNIT, PVV, etc.; and 4) end of independent NTH

Academic faculties

The academic structure of NTH during the last years before its inclusion in NTNU was as follows:

Notable alumni

Commercial impact

The following companies, or divisions of international companies, have been created directly or partly from NTH research and influence, including its contract research arm SINTEF with spin-offs:

Related Research Articles


  1. About the establishment of the University of Trondheim (Norwegian)
  2. "Norges tekniske høgskole". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  3. "Trondhjems Tekniske Læreanstalt". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. "Bredo Greve (1871–1931)". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. "Paal Kibsgaard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Schlumberger Limited". Schlumberger. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  6. A majority share is owned by the SINTEF Group

Coordinates: 63°25′10″N10°24′9″E / 63.41944°N 10.40250°E / 63.41944; 10.40250