A globally engaged university

UiO aims to make a significant contribution to the knowledge base that is needed in order to address the major global challenges of today.

How UiO contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a broad and ambitious framework for creating a sustainable future for all. If we are to succeed, we need to develop new knowledge. UiO works to contribute to this within everything we that do: education, research, innovation, dissemination of knowledge, as well as the running of the university. International cooperation is pivotal. Global challenges require global solutions.

Strategic research initiatives

UiO has set up three interdisciplinary strategic research initiatives to help tackle the global challenges.

Centre for Development and the Environment - SUM

The Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) is a vibrant international research institution at the University of Oslo which promotes scholarly work on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable Development.

Global governance

The Oslo Academy of Global Governance is the University of Oslo's spearhead in developing knowledge for global governance in a rapidly changing world.

Scholars at Risk

UiO is a member of the international university network "Scholars at Risk" promoting academic freedom and human rights of scholars.

Students at Risk 

UiO is host for students admitted as part of the Student at risk program (StAR). 


UiO is part of the InSPIREurope project to support researchers at risk of persecution

Universities against the death penalty

UiO is part of the Universities against the death penalty, a worldwide network.

Concluded projects:

Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR)

NCHR is a part of the Faculty of Law, and is internationally recognised as a leading research institution in the field of human rights. Here you find qualified researchers in the fields of law, political science, philosophy and social anthropology. The Centre has international expertise and focus on different topics and geographic regions.

Center for Research on Extremism: The Extreme Right, Hate Crime and Political Violence - C-REX

The Center for Research on Extremism, C-REX, is a cross-disciplinary center for the study of right-wing extremism, hate crime and political violence. It is a joint collaboration with five of the leading Norwegian institutions on extremism research. Internationally, the center will collaborate with three strong institutional partners.


The Health Information Systems Programme - HISP

HISP is a global cooperation between Health sciences and informatics which started up with a small capacity building project in South Africa in 1994. Their open source software, DHIS 2, is developed and distributed globally. The software is used in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


ARENA Centre for European Studies

Today ARENA is internationally recognised as an important research community engaged in the ongoing exploration of the processes of political change in Europe. ARENA is a multidisciplinary centre of basic research at the University of Oslo studying the evolving European political order.

Centre for Gender Research (STK)

STK is engaged in several bilateral research projects, are part of several international networks and have agreements for scholarly exchange. In addition the centre gives an international master degree in gender research.

Centre for global health

The Centre was established in October 2014 with the aim to strengthen collaboration in global health research at the Faculty of Medicine.