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The University of Tromsø - The arctic university of Norway
UiT Norges arktiske universitet
Established 1968
Endowment kr2.9 billion
Rector Dr. Anne Husebekk
Director Lasse Lønnum
Students 14,551
Location Tromsø, Alta, Harstad, Narvik and Hammerfest, Norway
Affiliations Uarctic
Website uit.no

University of Tromsø (UiT, "The arctic university of Norway") is a university in Norway. The main campus is in Tromsø. It also has campuses in Alta, Hammerfest, Harstad and Narvik. The main campus is located north on the Tromsø island in Troms county.

The university was founded in 1971 by the Norwegian government. It has had four mergers since then:

  • with Tromsø University College in 2009
  • with Finnmark University College in 2013
  • with Harstad University College in 2016
  • with Narvik University College in 2016

When UiT merged with Tromsø University College it became the oldest school in Norway. Tromsø University College was founded on 7 February 1826. It was then called Trondenes seminar.

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