Strategies and other key documents

Knowledge for a better world




NTNU is an important contributor to global knowledge development, and internationalization is integrated in the activity of all our academic groups.

Internationally oriented study programmes ensure diversity and increase quality, international experience and insight into global issues. NTNU facilitates exchange of our own students as well as integration and inclusion of international students.

Our participation at the forefront of international research results in high scientific quality. An increasing share of NTNUs research projects fi nds international funding and involves collaboration with international partners.

Our broad international network of contacts and expertise makes NTNU an attractive partner for companies that operate globally. Systematic collaboration with institutions in low- and middle-income countries contributes to mutual capacity and competence building. 

Development goals

Take better advantage of the EU’s funding for research, innovation and education to ensure high quality and relevance in our activities

Establish strategic partnerships with selected institutions worldwide

Strengthen international recruitment of outstanding researchers and increase the international mobility of our employees

Increase the proportion of full-degree students who spend a study period at an educational institution abroad


Interdisciplinary collaboration

Interdisciplinary collaboration

NTNU values and encourages interdisciplinarity. We facilitate collaboration and a culture of sharing across units.

NTNU has cross-cutting strategic research areas that help to focus and boost NTNU’s research, education and innovation activities in areas especially relevant to society. We have clear commitments to enabling technologies, which make an important contribution to solutions in our strategic research areas.

Disciplinary knowledge is the platform for effective interdisciplinary collaboration, and our core subjects are the basis for the quality of our programmes of professional study. Collaboration with businesses and the public sector helps to ensure relevance in education and research, in addition to meeting the needs of society for innovation and interdisciplinary skills.

The skills of our graduates clearly refl ect NTNU’s distinctive characteristics, and an NTNU graduate is different from other graduates. Our students develop teamwork capabilities. Graduates from NTNU have tools, methods and suffi cient digital knowledge to meet future needs.;

Development goals

Take advantage of strategic research areas and enabling technologies to realize ideas and solve problems in society through interdisciplinary research projects

Develop interdisciplinary study programmes and give students insight into interdisciplinary teamwork through learning activities across subject areas and professions

Encourage a culture of sharing and the use of resources and skills across units

Career and skills

Career and skills

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NTNU is an attractive and professional employer, which offers favourable working conditions and a basis for all employees to develop throughout their careers.

NTNU has recruitment processes consistent with our strategy to ensure high quality in our activities.

Academic staff have several career paths of equal value. NTNU is open to and encourages the use of different career paths.

Academic positions at NTNU are advertised internationally. We have capable academic leaders who generate enthusiasm and pave the way for all employees to develop and use their abilities.

NTNU has well-designed support functions and a highly competent administrative and technical staff.

Development goals

Have an ambitious recruitment policy and effective procedures to achieve successful appointments

Have a systematic dialogue with academic employees about individual goals for academic development and career plans

Develop the leadership role and boost the skills of our managers and employees


Work environment and student welfare

Students showing the environment and student welfare

NTNU has motivated, engaged and skilled staff and students. Everyone at NTNU takes independent responsibility for contributing to an inviting, healthpromoting environment for work and study, and to a workday in which staff and students experience challenges, development, and joy in their work. Managers take a particular responsibility for the work environment and work systematically with health, safety and the environment.

NTNU has active co-determination with strong involvement of staff and students. We practise inclusive leadership and openness, and work in close cooperation with student democracy and employee unions.

We focus on students’ well-being and achievements. Studentsamskipnaden, the student welfare association, is our main partner in taking care of student welfare.

NTNU emphasizes and works towards diversity and gender balance among students and staff. 

Development goals

Integrate health-promoting work in our day-to-day activities

Contribute to an excellent context for learning, through welfare services and voluntary activities on our campuses

Improve gender balance in top-level academic positions


Campus development

Picture of a campus showing the development

Our university campuses are outstanding environments for learning and work, contributing to high academic quality. They gather students and staff within the same subject area, while creating opportunities for interaction across disciplines. Our campuses are living laboratories. They are open and attract collaborative partners. They encourage vibrant student communities with student volunteer activities and student culture.

Development goals

Establish workspaces and learning environments based on research and experience

Develop sustainable technological solutions

Develop a forward-looking, integrated campus in Trondheim that serves as a model for future public-sector development in Norway


NTNUs capacity for development

Computer-flow showing NTNUs capacity for development

NTNU sets priorities for resources to ensure high quality in our core activities, and develops a leading position in our disciplines so that we can meet society’s changes, needs and expectations. NTNU has user-friendly and effective support systems. Future-oriented digital services focused on user needs are available to students and staff. NTNU has robust systems to meet the need for information security, emergency response capacity and protection of privacy..

Development goals

Have resource management that contributes to increased productivity and creates room for manoeuvre in terms of strategic priorities and renewal at all levels

Launch digitalization initiatives and improvements that support integrated, standardized procedures and work processes