Wednesday, December 12, 2007

U is for University

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says:

Main Entry: uni·ver·si·ty
Pronunciation: "yü-n&-'v&r-s&-tE, -'v&r-stE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
Etymology: Middle English universite, from Middle French université, from Medieval Latin universitat-, universitas, from Latin universus
1 : an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees; specifically : one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor's degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may confer master's degrees and doctorates
2 : the physical plant of a university
That should say what it is. As an example, I have of course chosen the local one (I have after all spent some time there): University of Bergen:

The University was founded in 1946, but was a continuation of Bergen Museum (see picture) that started in 1825. One of the most famous scientist working at the museum was Fridtjof Nansen - famous explorer and diplomat.

The University has chosen an owl on top of Bergen's seven mountains as a logo.

If you want to see a real owl (and chosen as the word of the day in Norwegian ("Ugle") - look here.

16 comments:

Ida said...

Great photo from the univeristy! :)
Thank you for the facts and the history also.
You have spent some time here, i understand.

If you want to, i recommend you to look at one of my post`s from July.
From the same area. ;)

http://surfida.blogspot.com/2007/07/bergen-museum.html


http://surfida.blogspot.com/2007/07/bergen-museum.html

hpy said...

U för Uggla! Det här hade lyckats också på svenska. Ja, också med Universitet, förstås. För många långa år sedan träffade jag några oljeshejker från Bergen i Helsingfors. Det var kanske inte du då det inte var vid Universitetet utan vid en Högskola?

RuneE said...

Ida: Thank you for your suggestion. You have really captured the Botanical Garden. Vey nice!

HPY: Takk for det. Jeg har vært i Helsingfors, men jeg rt nok ikke oljesjeik ;-) . Vi har dog både universitet og høyskole i Bergen. Fagområdene er til dels ganske forskjellige, men noe overlapping er det.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Wow that looks like you used a really wide lens.

Have a Happy Wednesday!

Jim Baker said...

OH! university... why didn't i think of that one... this is a great shot... did you have to sew it together or is it just one shot?

jim baker

RuneE said...

Digital Flower Pictures & Jim: I must admit that it is a cropped panorama picture. I cannot remember how many pictures I used initially (taken in January this year), but I have become better at it now - I hope.

The Oswegan said...

I like the wide angle view. Very nice.

~Oswegan

GAWO said...

Liker fotoet med vidvinkelen på Universitetet. :-)
At de har Ugle som sin logo er veldig bra. Passer perfekt synes jeg.

Jeg prøvde selv å komme på noe lurt med U`n.... men det ble ganske så Umulig! Tror ikke jeg er flink kandidat for ABC-foto. Men du er virkelig dyktig :-)

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the architect of the building. Love it when there is history behind it

DigitalShutterMania said...

This is a wonderful ABC Wednesday post. Great story and photo from the University ; )

Cheers
DSM

AVCR8TEUR said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog and commenting. I guess we just discovered each other's ABC Wednesday posts. I'll add you to my ABC Wednesday Blogroll which is really growing.

I was thinking of University too, but misplaced those photos somewhere. I like yours better anyways.

kml said...

Great photos!

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

Hello, that wide angle or fish eye lens makes a good picture of the building. Good 'U' post

Annie said...

I like Universities and libraries and reading rooms. The world is a better place because of them, each and every one.

photowannabe said...

Good U post Runee and informative too. I never thought of university.

Neva said...

What a great "U"! Thanks for stopping by. I will add you to my list!