The Marine Technology Centre (MTS):
- is the workplace of about 250 specialists in marine technology (teachers, researchers and engineers) and 500 students
- is an advanced resource where academic teaching and contract research in marine technology go hand in hand
- has numerous advanced laboratories and excellent computer facilities
One of the main facilities is the Ocean Basin Laboratory, which is used for studying basic and applied ship and offshore problems. The Ocean Basin measures 50 x 80 metres with an adjustable bottom, enabling the water depth to be varied from 0 to 10 metres. There are also other hydrodynamic laboratories, structural testing and machinery laboratories available at the Centre. In addition, the centre offers excellent facilities specifically for use by students.
Each student has his/her own desk, in rooms for eight people. There are also a cafeteria and a large marine technology library with a reading room.
The city of Trondheim was founded in 997, and holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture. Situated by the Trondheimsfjorden, it is surrounded by forested hills with the Nidelva river winding through its centre. West of the city is the outdoor eldorado called Bymarka.
The University is one of the city's largest employers. With altogether 30 000 students in Trondheim, the city abounds with student activity. Trondheim is not only a city for students, it is also the home of the Rosenborg football team. In addition, the city has a theatre, concert hall, and numerous other cultural facilities.
Far away is close at hand
Trondheim's airport, Værnes, has frequent connections to Oslo and direct connections to Copenhagen and Amsterdam. There are also good roads, rail, and sea connections to the rest of Norway.
Gulf Stream climate
The weather in this region benefits greatly from the fact that Trondheim is on the receiving end of the Gulf Stream. This warm ocean current results in a coastal climate that is similar to Scotland. Snow usually falls from mid-December until mid-March. The long, light days of summer are unforgettable at this latitude, about 500 km south of the Arctic Circle.
The ocean industries are international. This also characterizes the Department of Marine Technology, which:
- Hosts the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems AMOS, a Centre of Excellence.
- Cooperates with large international oil companies.
- Jointly organizes large international conferences (PRADS, etc).
- Annually receives PhD-level students, scholars and visiting professors from a number of countries each year.
- Works closely with other leading universities and has cooperative agreements with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of New Orleans amongst others.
- Exchanges students with leading European universities as part of the European Commission's Socrates programme.