The official opening of the Veterinary Building – and the celebration of a co-located NMBU

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Institute moved into the new buildings during spring this year. Throughout corona restrictions, employees and students have made a great effort and are now getting to know to the spectacular building.

The time has come for the official hand over of the symbolic keys from Statsbygg to NMBU and the Veterinary Institute. This will be celebrated on September 1st.

Her Majesty Queen Sonja will attend the ceremony. Ministers, representatives from the business sector and other partners have also been invited. The ceremony is open to the public, and of course, students and staff are invited.

The official event will be followed up with a big party for students and staff on September 2nd.

Both events (1 and 2 September) are now fully booked, but the text below will be updated with links to live streams where available. 

September 1st

12:00 – 13:00 Open event in the park in front of the Veterinary Building. See the livestream of this program post here

Statsbygg CEO Harald V. Nicolaisen hands over the symbolic keys to the Minister of Agriculture, Olaug Bollestad and the Minister of Education and Research, Henrik Asheim, who in turn will hand over the keys to NMBU's Rector Curt Rice and to the acting CEO of the Veterinary Institute, Jorunn Jarp.

The ministers and leaders of the institutions will give speeches and there will be performances by the artist Myra and different student choirs. Tuva Todnem Lund, head of the Norwegian Student Organization, and former head of student council at NMBU, will lead us though the event.

13.00 – 14.00 Coffee and cakes for students and staff will be served in Bikuben

Because of corona restrictions, there’s a limit of 800 participants. The "first come, first served" principle applies. Those who wish to attend the key handover and participate in the arrangement in Bikuben must register here:

September 2nd

Of course, we must also celebrate ourselves! Our team is united, NMBU is finally co-located, and we now are even better equipped to continue our work towards a sustainable future. Students and staff are therefore invited to a big party on September 2nd.

The celebration consists of two parts. The first one starts at 12.30 pm on “Storplenen”. This event is a mix of academic and cultural elements by NMBU's students and staff. Rector Curt Rice, Dean Anne Storset (VET), and Real Estate Director Kjersti Sørlie Rimer will speak.

Students and scientists will present the research area "One health" and NMBUs five sustainability arenas. The students will show the EIK Lab - Centre for Student Innovation, the Urban Lab and the veterinary clinic. The program will be spiced up with various artistic elements from the students.

Pro-rector for education, Solve Sæbø, and student leader at VET, Magnus Dypvik will lead us through the program.

From 3pm to 9pm: Party for students and staff! 

Food and drinks will be served. Later on, there will be a concert with Trygve Skaug and Darling West. 

We hope all of you will join in on this long-awaited celebration. Finally, we can meet face-to-face after a long period of online meetings. 

You will receive practical information on infection control and other things closer to the event.


Published 17. August 2021 - 17:36 - Updated 31. August 2021 - 20:47