About development of the campus

About development of the campus

Over the next ten years, all NTNU’s academic communities in Trondheim will be gathered from dispersed locations to a single campus in the area around Gløshaugen. The Norwegian State will fund new buildings totalling 92 000 square metres and modernization of up to 45 000 square metres of existing areas at NTNU.

How many people are involved?

The relocation of the campus means that the daily activities of nearly 40 000 students and 7000 employees will take place in the centre of Trondheim. In addition to giving the university a stronger presence in the area, this will improve the basis for business establishment, innovation and collaboration with the university’s partners. It will also pave the way for more shopping and service in the area.

Why are we doing this?

The main aim of the project is to ensure that NTNU’s campus becomes a strategic tool for realizing NTNU’s academic ambitions. For example, strategic positioning of open and inviting buildings will lower the threshold for working across disciplines, so that different academic groups can work more closely together to solve the challenges that our society faces in the years ahead.

The physical setting should provide better conditions for internationally outstanding education, research, art, innovation and dissemination, by creating attractive meeting places as well as future-oriented spaces for work and learning. It should also realize the NTNU campus as a development arena and a laboratory.

Read more: NTNU’s quality programme for campus development (PDF in Norwegian)

What is happening now?

In January 2016, NTNU Campus Development launched the first phase of the project, which involved defining the strategic direction for the future campus. In 2018, the Campus Development project progressed to the second phase: defining overarching needs and potential.

Read more: Phases in campus development

This will be achieved through three sub-projects corresponding to different aspects of the campus development:

Where should we build?

Read more: Proposal for planning programme and physical plan

What must the campus include?

Read more: Mapping and concept development

Where should the academic communities be located?

Read more: Location of academic functions

Construction projects linked with campus development

As well as the studies and planning of new university buildings, there are ongoing construction projects that started before the merger between NTNU and Sør-Trøndelag University College, Gjøvik University College and Aalesund University College. Campus Development is planning and following up these projects as parts of the whole process. The construction projects in Gjøvik and Ålesund are now complete. The construction project in Elgesetergate 10 remains.

Public-sector goal

The Ministry of Education and Research would like the unified campus to become a model for future public-sector development in Norway.

Another stated goal for the new campus is to enable ambitious environmental solutions. A petition resolution from the Storting in the government’s budget for 2017 states:

“The Storting asks the Government to provide for development of the new campus at NTNU with ambitious environmental solutions including buildings that produce more energy than they use, emission-free transport solutions and other infrastructure that can stimulate both new research and new employment opportunities". 

Unification in itself is one of the most important sustainability initiatives. NTNU has leading communities of expertise in energy and sustainability. We are Norway’s largest higher education provider in the performing arts, and we educate 85% of all technology graduates in Norway. NTNU will use the development of our own campus to push the forefront of knowledge forward, and we will use our own expert groups for experimentation, pilots and follow-up research.