Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a public research university located in the city of Norway. NTNU was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Norwegian Institute of Technology, the Norwegian College of General Sciences, the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, the Faculty of Medicine, the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art and the Trondheim Conservatory of Music . NTNU is the second largest of the eight universities in Norway, and it has the main national responsibility for higher education in engineering and technology. In addition to engineering and the natural and physical sciences, the university offers advanced degrees in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine, architecture and fine art. The university consists of seven faculties with a total of 52 departments and has approximately 22,000 students.
The university is home to three of 21 Norwegian Centers of Excellence which are the Centre for Ships and Ocean Structures the Centre for the Biology of Memory and the Centre for Quantifiable Quality of Service in Communication Systems. The Centre for the Biology of Memory is also one of four Kavli Neuroscience Institutes.