The University of Bergen is 70 years old

The Norwegian Parliament founded the University of Bergen in 1946. The event will be marked at the semester start ceremony.

Bildekarusell 70 år

Arnt Brandseth

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The Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) agreed to found the University of Bergen (UiB), as the second university in Norway, in April 1946.

“We are delighted that Stortinget decided that  the University of Bergen became Norway´s second university 70 years ago. It is a decision that has served society well as a whole,” says UIB-Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

“70 years may seem young in a European context, but we are really proud of our history,” Olsen says.

Seventy-Year-Old of great value

According to the rector, educational institutions like the UiB are the most valuable of institutions in society.

“Education is important for you as an individual, but indeed, it is also of the highest degree of importance for society as a whole,” Olsen points.

Marked at semester start

UiB marks its 70 years birthday at the semester start ceremony, Tuesday16 August.

“The students are the life nerve of the university. We hope the students that start their higher education with us today, are feeling that they are becoming a part of our proud history,” says Rector Dag Rune Olsen.