Oslo University may have to spend half a billion Norwegian kroner over the next decade on renting space for medical students and researchers.
According to a statement by Iselin Nybø, Norway’s research minister, the university will have to find at least NOK50 million (€5m) a year to rent laboratory space. This follows a government decision to cease funding the full rent for Oslo University Hospital, which is moving to new premises.
The research ministry will continue to compensate universities for the cost of renting space, but only up to 75 per cent of the total cost. Oslo University Hospital pays around NOK200m in rent annually.