Student poll – Quality of education most important
Students at the University of Oslo value quality of education higher than anything else. They have great ambitions and do more part-time work. These are some of the findings in a 2012 survey of the learning environment at Norwegian universities.
This spring, students at UiO were invited to answer questions about their learning environment. The results have now been published in a report issued by public opinion agency TNS Gallup.
75 per cent of the students at UiO have ambitions to perform above the general average in their academic discipline. No wonder then that these students hold quality of education as the single most important factor for their well-being.
The survey shows that students at UiO are on level with their fellow scholars at other universities when it comes to time spent on studies and study progression. Nevertheless, busy Oslo students spend more time on part-time work than their fellow students outside the capital.
Quality of education – a key motivator
83 per cent of the students hold high quality of education as the single most important factor for their well-being. 75 per cent is either happy or very happy at UiO and 69 per cent of the students are very pleased with the quality of their study programme. Vocational programme students are particularly satisfied.
“It gives me great pleasure to know that the UiO student is highly motivated and eager to learn. We know from experience that the most successful students are the ones who are dedicated both on and off campus,” says Rector Ole Petter Ottersen.
Comfort on Campus
The facilities on campus are also important to ensure student well-being and a good learning environment. UiO has gained important knowledge about areas where we can improve, although most students are happy with the physical premises.
“In 2001 Blindern Campus was selected Green Park of the Year by NAML, the organization for Norwegian landscapers. People work hard every day to make this a pleasant environment and I am glad we are succeeding,” says University Director Gunn-Elin Aa. Bjørneboe.
Addressing the challenges
The report also points to some challenges – namely the dissatisfaction of students with physical afflictions. The conditions vary from one faculty to another, and efforts to improve these conditions will be made at the faculties in question.
“UiO is proud of its students. We will use this report in our efforts to maintain our position as a leading European university,” says Rector Ole Petter Ottersen.