The University of Oslo says mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to its political science programme, adding that the 36-year-old right-wing extremist would remain in his cell to study.
Rector Ole Petter Ottersen said “all inmates in Norwegian prisons are entitled to higher education in Norway if they meet the admission requirements”.
Two years ago, Breivik’s application was rejected after the university said his qualifications were insufficient. It is unclear why the decision has been reversed.
The submission stirred a debate in Norway over whether someone convicted of such a horrific crime should be considered for higher education.
Breivik is serving a 21-year prison sentence, which can be extended when it expires, for killing 77 people in bomb and gun massacres in 2011.