Time to vote!

From april 19 - 26 we will organize the Student Parliament Elections. With this, we encourage you to vote and make a difference!


The Student Parliament is the highest level of student democracy at the University of Oslo. Our aim is to improve the academic and social life for our students. In Norway, students have the right, by law, to have at least 20 percent representation in every decision-making body at the University. At the University of Oslo (UiO), students are represented in every board and governing body, from program-level and all the way up to the University Board. In these boards, students who are representing you fight for a better education, and more environmental and egalitarian university.

Five students are elected to work full-time for a year, to act as the Student Parliament’s executive committee. One of our victories this year is the upcoming Student Ombudsman, whose role is to make sure students’ rights are upheld. Other victories include digital examinations, and prolonged opening hours all over campus.

In short, we make sure that your interests as a student at UiO are maintained.  At our offices in Villa Eika, we work with organizations such as the International Students’ Union (ISU), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and, of course, the Moose. We would like to see Norwegian and International students in the same group of friends. One way to achieve this are the buddy groups with Norwegian buddies. We would also like to offer courses in Norwegian to as many of our international students as possible, facilitating communication with Norwegian students.

The Student Parliament also elects the students representing UiO in the Welfare Council of Oslo and Akershus. We discuss health services for students – how much should it cost, and for whom ? Should there be student gyms, and how much should you pay for a meal in the cafeteria? This is also where we fight for guaranteed student housing for international students. It is important to us to that our incoming student experience a decent standard of living, especially considering the challenges involved for international students to get part-time jobs in Norway.

The right to free education in Norway must not be a privilege reserved for Norwegian students. We consider this to be a right for all students studying in Norway, which is why we fight to maintain free education and equal opportunities for all. This is done through active participation in the national Norwegian Student Organization.

This election guide is in the current version of The Moose, so that you can contribute to the student democracy. Read carefully, and vote for the ones that you think will represent your interests in the best way possible. Even though you might be here for only one semester, your vote can affect the experience of future international students. Remember the bottom line: If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

Happy Elections! 

By Knut Ulsrud
Published Apr. 18, 2012 1:13 PM - Last modified Apr. 18, 2012 1:15 PM
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