• Norway edition
 
Breivik applies to study political science at Oslo University
Breivik in court: Scanpix

Breivik applies to study political science at Oslo University

Published: 30 Jul 2013 08:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Jul 2013 08:24 GMT+02:00

During his trial last year, friends of the far-Right extremist pointed to his decision to drop out of high school before graduating,  despite higher than average grades, as a key turning point in his pathway to extremism. 
 
Knut Bjarkeid, the director at Ila Prison, where Breivik is serving a 21-year sentence, said he would encourage such a move. 
 
"The prison will always try to pave the way for inmates to get a formal education, so that they are able to get a job when they come out," he told Norway's TV 2 channel. 
 
However, several members of teaching staff at the department of Political Science, who wished to remain anonymous, told the channel that they would refuse to teach the far-Right extremist. 
 
Ole Petter Ottersen, the University's Rector, said:  "I understand that there will be reactions. It is human."
 
But he explained that the University would assess Breivik's application on its own merits. 
 
"We cannot refuse anyone the chance of studying at the University of Oslo," he said.  "We have to follow the technical rules for admission." 
 
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, a professor of Social Anthropology at the University, who Breivik demonises as a leading "cultural marxist", said he believed the terrorist should be allowed to study. 
 
"It is Breivik's right to get an education just like everybody else's, but that it should by no means be obvious that he should be allowed to leave the prison where he is incarcerated in order to attend lectures," he said. 
 
Breivik killed 77 people and wounded 242 others when he detonated a bomb in central Oslo and then opened fire at a Labour party youth camp in July 2011. 
 

Richard Orange (richard.orange@thelocal.com)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
100s of flight passengers stranded in Israel

100s of flight passengers stranded in Israel

The decision by Norway's top airline companies to halt flights to and from Israel, left over 400 of their passengers stranded at Tel Aviv's airport on Wednesday. READ  

13-year-old boy dies in farm fall tragedy

13-year-old boy dies in farm fall tragedy

A Norwegian teenager died after he fell through a barn's floor in Budal, Midtre Gauldal on Tuesday night. READ  

Norwegian concerns over Danish pork safety

Norwegian concerns over Danish pork safety

Norway's biggest grocery retailer and wholesaler is considering putting a halt to the import of Danish pork over MRSA concerns. READ  

Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
The vintage tractor ready to travel from UK to North Norway. Photo: Peter Matheson

Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway

A British man is set next month to drive from Scotland to the northern tip of Norway on a vintage tractor to raise money for a cancer charity. READ  

Norwegian and SAS cancel flights to Israel
Israel is out of bounds for travellers on Norwegian and SAS flights. Photo: Panoramic view of Tel-Aviv beach Shutterstock

Norwegian and SAS cancel flights to Israel

Norway's two biggest airlines have cancelled Scandinavian flights to and from Israel, on Tuesday, as fears mount for the security of passengers and staff. READ  

GALLERY: Anniversary of Oslo mass murder
Government ministers gather in Oslo to remember the 2011 massacre victims. Photo: Vegard Grøtt / NTB scanpix

GALLERY: Anniversary of Oslo mass murder

Politicians joined the people of Norway to remember the 2011 terror attack in Oslo and Utøya on Tuesday. READ  

Breivik 'now opposes violence': lawyer
Anders Behring Breivik in court after his sentence announced in 2012. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix.

Breivik 'now opposes violence': lawyer

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik said he does not support the use of violence anymore, on Tuesday, the third anniversary of the July 22nd massacre in Norway. READ  

3 years on: Norway remembers Utøya

3 years on: Norway remembers Utøya

Many people across Norway will honour the victims of the July 22nd 2011 attack on Oslo and the island of Utøya. READ  

Kare Ingebrigtsen signs as new Rosenborg coach
Kåre Ingebrigtsen (left) and Erik Hoftun (right) make up Rosenborg's new managerial team. Photo: Ned Alley / NTB scanpix

Kare Ingebrigtsen signs as new Rosenborg coach

Rosenborg have employed Kåre Ingebrigtsen as their new club manager to replace Per Joar Hansen who was fired on Monday. READ  

Thrill-seekers in carousel ride terror
View from the Air Lift ride in Kongeparken, near Stavanger. Photo: wongsin Flickr

Thrill-seekers in carousel ride terror

A carousel at an amusement park near Stavanger stopped due to an electrical failure, leaving 20 people helpless over 30 meters above ground on Monday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Sport
Norway fan wins big on Suarez bite bet
National
Solberg 'most chatty' leader on Twitter
Culture
British Airways takes 'Slow TV' to the skies
International
Top Norway lawyers back Snowden Nobel
Society
Buy your own Viking warship for just €160,000
Politics
Norway PM beats Candy Crush level 300
Culture
Norway sticks with fårikål as national dish
International
Cold bathing craze leads to teen death
Society
Sweden threatens to 'annex' the ostehøvel
National
Baby squirrels survive cat attack
Society
Norway's 'cushy' prisons spurring foreign cons
National
Half Norwegians overweight: Gates study
International
VIDEO: Jagland doing press-ups in Donetsk
Business & Money
Striking Norway barbers: 'Let your hair grow'
Culture
Rihanna 'hard to please', Norway's Stargate reveal
International
What do Norwegians really think of Swedes?
Culture
'The Scream' appears in a tree stump
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

334
jobs available