Anne Borg (61) was today appointed as the new Rector at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Borg thus becomes NTNU’s first female rector. Anne Borg has been Acting Rector since 21 August 2019 and assumes the position of Rector immediately after today’s Board decision. The fixed-term appointment lasts until 1 August 2025.

As Rector of NTNU, Anne Borg will be the chief executive of Norway’s largest university with 42,000 students and more than 8000 employees. NTNU has its headquarters in Trondheim with campuses in Gjøvik and Ålesund.

Anne Borg is looking forward to getting started on the job:
“NTNU has an admirable mission and a fantastic vision: Knowledge for a better world. As Rector, my foremost task is to help realize that vision. NTNU helps to define the agenda for adaptation to a sustainable society. At the same time, we have an important task in contributing to a competitive private sector and a good public sector,” says the newly appointed Rector.

“We are now developing the technology studies of the future as well as tomorrow’s studies in the humanities and the social sciences. These are closely linked, because we need both leading-edge expertise and interdisciplinary approaches to contribute to sustainable global development.

“I am also committed to the University’s responsibility to contribute to an evidence-based public debate. In essence, this is a question of preserving and developing democracy,”says Anne Borg.

«Confident that she is the right person»

The Chair of the Board at NTNU, Svein Richard Brandtzæg, points out that NTNU faces major tasks in the time ahead:

“NTNU is a key player in further development of the welfare state and in contributing to more sustainable value creation, both nationally and internationally. At the same time, it is important to continue at full steam with the efforts to realize the benefits of the merger and to develop a campus for the future. As Chair of the Board, I am very confident that Anne Borg is the right person to lead the organization in this work. ”


«Committed to completing the tasks already in progress»

Anne Borg is a Master of Science in Engineering (sivilingeniør) in engineering physics, with a doctoral degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH, one of NTNU’s predecessors), in 1988. Since 1998, she has been Professor of Materials Science and Solid-State Physics at the Department of Physics at NTNU.

Borg has solid management experience from NTNU. She was Pro-Rector for Education and the Rector’s deputy from 2017 to 2019. Before she became Pro-Rector, Borg was the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV) from 2013 to 2017 and was previously the Vice-Dean for education for eight years at the same faculty.

 A solid management experience

Both as Dean and as Pro-Rector for Education, Borg has had a strong commitment to developing a culture of quality in research and education, and she has been a driving force in promoting women in research.


Anne Borg has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the renowned Lund University in Sweden. She has been and is a member of a variety of national and international committees and panels.