UiO cooperates with China on subjects ranging from sinology to photovoltaics, law, gender studies, cancer research and greenhouse gas emissions. Chinese students represent the second largest international student body and the fourth largest group of international PhD-candidates at UiO.

Water sampling on the YuQiao reservoir, as part of the SinoTropia project. Photo: UiO Professor Rolf David Vogt.

Long-standing academic relations

UiO's long-standing academic relations with Chinese higher education institutions have resulted in a broad portfolio of research agendas with Chinese partners and on Chinese topics, involving all UiO's eight faculties and most of UiO's units.

UiO has a strong Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) offering excellent research within Asia Studies and education in the Chinese language and culture in close collaboration with Peking University. This has opened doors for UiO's broad and fruitful collaboration with Chinese partners in many areas.

Chinese partners

The University of Oslo has collaborated for more than twenty five years with China's  leading research and higher education institutions, including jointly co-founding the Nordic Centre in Shanghai with Fudan University and group of Nordic partners; and the China Programme at the Faculty of Law with a network of Chinese partners. In recent years UiO has developed strong research collaboration with Tshinghua University particularly within solar energy and cancer research, with Zhejiang University within environmental humanities and with Chinese Academy of Sciences within environmental biology. 

Today UiO cooperates with most of China's leading universities and research institutions, including:

  • Peking University
  • Tsinghua University
  • Fudan University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Nanjing University
  • China Agricultural University
  • Wuhan University
  • The Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
  • The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) 

In the period 2013-15 there were 754 co-publications between UiO and Chinese institutions within a range of subjects, mainly in the Sciences. 

Research on plague, air pollution and renewable energy

 UiO also has a long-standing collaboration with CAS within interdisciplinary environmental research,(miljøvitenskap lenke) as well as cooperation with Chinese partners within research and education for example on environmental issues and renewable/Solar energy: Sino-Norwegian Alliance in Photovoltaics (SiNorAPv with Tsinghua (University), and  SINENSO with Zhejiang University (hyperlenke).   


UiO's Faculty of Humanities have a joint research project with Zhejiang University on the effects of air pollution on society, AIRBORNE.

Student Exchange

Chinese students at UiO represent the second largest international student body, with almost 400 fulltime students enrolled in regular degree programmes in the period 2010-2016, in addition to large numbers of exchange students. Many Chinese students find their way to our International Summer School.

UiO has Chinese doctoral students at all faculties, mostly connected to ongoing research collaboration with Chinese partners. The majority are enrolled at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

Did you know that...

  • UiO has developed an international MOOC, "What Works", in collaboration with China Agricultural University (CAU), University of Malawi in Africa and Stanford University in the USA?
  • UiO was a founder member of the Network for University Cooperation Tibet-Norway, a research and education network (1994 - present) of higher education and Research institutions in Norway and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)?

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