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In 1996, the current university in Trondheim was formed in a merger of several institutions of higher education, and the name of the new univerisity became "Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet", usually shortened to NTNU. If you translate the name into English, you get something like "Norwegian University of Technology and Science", however the official English name of the university is "Norwegian University of Science and Technology". Almost since I became a student here in 2002, I have been wondering if they changed the name because they thought it sounded better, or because they wanted to avoid the unfortunate acronym.

Yesterday, I happened to meet a former rector of my University in the elevator, and I used this opportunity to ask if he knew the history of the English name. He laughed a bit, and confirmed that the English name had been "Norwegian University of Science and Technology" from the beginning, and that the reason was the acronym. So now we know.

-Tor Nordam

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Camilla,  12.02.11 20:38

that the direct translation would be more accurate, especially in acronym form.
Finn Arne,  12.02.11 21:47

Som en som faktisk var der i gode gamle dager må jeg legge til litt til historien. Det hadde seg nemlig slik at nettverksgruppa NVG registrerte domenet nuts.edu like etter at det nye universitetsnavnet ble kjent etter sammenslåingen av NTH og UNIT. Men da universitetet ville registrere domenet ntnu.edu fikk de nei, ettersom en institusjon kun kan ha ett .edu-domene. Så da ble det bråk, såvidt jeg husker.
Ole Petter,  20.02.11 22:26

www.nuts.edu var faktisk ganske interessant i gamle dager:
http://web.archive.org/web/19990125101724/http://www.nuts.edu
(jeg anbefaler å sjekke ut "fakulteter og sentra")
Tor,  20.02.11 22:40

Der var det mange institutter jeg godt kunne tenkt meg å tilhøre. Institutt for eksperimentell etikk, for eksempel.

Ole Petter,  20.02.11 22:43

Min favoritt er Institutt for utopisk fysikk, men jeg ville nok vurdert å ta noen vekttall hos institutt for suspekt kultisme.
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