Location of academic disciplines

Who should be where?

Location of academic disciplines

There has been done work on where academic disciplines should be placed in a co-located campus in Trondheim. At the end of March 2019, Rector decided on the overall location of academic clusters once campus has been co-located.

Illustration of future placement of academic clusters.

The main task in NTNU’s campus development is to make sure that the campus becomes a strategic tool for achieving academic ambitions and facilitating the development of NTNU’s core tasks.

Placement of academic disciplines is an instrument to obtain synergies between the academic communities through proximity, integration and interdisciplinarity. The Rector’s decision is a recommendation of the overall placement of academic clusters, and it pinpoints some themes that need to be further investigated.

Read more: Rector’s decision on location of academic disciplines

The specific location of academic disciplines on areas and in buildings has not been investigated in detail, and will to a considerable extent vary over time and with the development of the project and development of the business in general. The recommendation of placement is therefore on an overall level, as a management tool and a guide for further prioritization and work on co-locating campus in Trondheim.

Further work on co-locating campus is based on a principle of further developing academic disciplines in clusters.

Suggested placement of the eight main academic clusters:

Humanities and Social Sciences (HumSam)

The humanities and social science disciplines (HumSam cluster) are thought to be located in the southeastern part of Gløshaugplatået, in the area from Oppredningen/Skiboli to Sentralbygg 1 and Mellombyggene. This requires a combination of new buildings combined with rebuilding in the area.


The aim is to place art, architecture, music and design (KAMD cluster) north, along Høyskolebakken. Together with the relevant academic environments, it will be considered through the development of the co-location project, how KAMD can be realized. NTNU also has a letter of intent with NRK on co-location, and NRK wants to establish itself in the same area as KAMD. Political treatment of future zoning plans will set limits for how much and in what way we can build in this area.

Health and social sciences

Partly located on Øya today. This cluster will be strengthened when our health and social sciences can move from temporary premises at Tunga to Øya through the establishment of Elgesetergate 10 and the Department of Psychology moves from Dragvoll to the Center for Mental Health, which is planned established as part of the co-location of campus.

Teacher education at Kalvskinnet

NTNU’s teacher education already have residence in rented premises at Kalvskinnet, and will stay here within the foreseeable future.

Economy cluster in south-west with innovation center

Large parts of the Faculty of Economics and Management are today located at the NTNU Business School. The idea is to gather the rest of the academic communities at the Faculty of Economics together with other innovation environments. There is also an ambition to develop an innovation center in the link between the economics and management environments at the Business School and the technology environments on Gløshaugplatået.

Natural Sciences

The natural sciences are today concentrated in the area around Realfagsbygget. With some potential adjustments, these academic communities will, mainly still have residence here.

Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, including Mathematics

Located to the west on Gløshaugplatået today. The idea is that these disciplines will continue to be located in the same area.


Located on the eastern side of Gløshaugplatået and down towards Valgrinda today. In principle, the engineering environments will still be located here, but with some adjustments.

Further investigations and responsibility

Further investigations and responsibility

One of the goals of co-location is an urban campus. One means to achieve this can be student housing. There are no specific plans for student housing on campus, so investigating opportunities, consequences of location, scope etc. is an important part of further work.

- Main responsibility: Pro-Rector for Education and Studentsamskipnaden i Trondheim (Sit).

Input on location of academic disciplines from external consultation parties show that an innovation center as an arena for innovation, cooperation and development is desirable. Therefore, it will be further investigated how an innovation center can be established and how it should connect to NTNU‘s other innovation infrastructure.

- Main responsibility: Pro-rector for Innovation.

Cooperation with strategic professional partners in the private, public and voluntary sector is a major factor in how NTNU best performs its social mission. Further investigations must consider space in the clusters for partners.

- Main responsibility: Pro-rector for Innovation.

Sports buildings are part of the student welfare services and is a function that is currently available at Dragvoll. Further planning of moving this function will be considered in the co-location of campus. Input from the consultation also emphasizes this need. Therefore, alternative locations for the sports building at Dragvoll is an element in the further physical planning work.

- Main responsibility: Pro-rector for Education and Studentsamskipnaden i Trondheim (Sit).

Locating the academic disciplines is important, but to succeed with the co-location of campus it is crucial that there is also room for student welfare, student democracy and for student volunteerism. Needs and solutions will be defined in more detail in the future work.

- Main responsibility: Pro-rector for Education.

Administrative services and support functions are also an important part of NTNU’s business and must be considered in a comprehensive and coherent campus. Investigations related to the structure and placement of Central administrative functions are important for facilitating the future.

- Main responsibility: Director of Organization.

The co-location of campus offers unique opportunities to involve NTNU’s many strong academic environments in experimentation, research, innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration. NTNU has some of the country’s best arenas for experimental infrastructure today. Input from the consultation shows the need for assessments of what consequences the construction period and establishing of new buildings will have for operations and activities in existing experimental infrastructure.

- Main responsibility: Pro-rector for Research.

About recommendation

About the Rector’s recommendation

Rector decided on the recommendation on overall location of academic clusters in a co-located campus on 26th of March 2019. The Rector’s decision is in line with Option C as described by the Committee for location of academic functions. The decision is based on reports, proposals for placement from the committee, the comments from the consultation on the committee’s sub-report 3: Location of academic functions in a co-located campus – Main grips, models and solution proposals, as well as discussions in SESAM, discussions in management and NTNU’s board. The recommendation is also based on political frameworks and NTNU’s strategy.