Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 15, 2017

IB Places in Sogn og Fjordane

February 15th, 2017|

As a partnership between Sogn og Fjordane Fylkeskommune and UWC Red Cross Nordic in Fjaler, we are offering two places on our International Baccalaureate (IB) programme for entry in August 2017.

If you are interested in studying in English alongside 200 students drawn from over 90 countries, please click here.

For further information as to the application process, please contact Leonie Merts-Koning on admissions@rcnuwc.no or 57 73 70 04. You are welcome to visit our campus. Selection will be in the form of a written application and interview conducted by admissions staff and UWC Norge (which helps to select 40 students per year to study at the 17 UWCs across the world).

This is an exciting opportunity to study at UWC RCN alongside ten other Norwegians in your year group, students from across the Nordic region and to experience the whole world in Sogn og Fjordane – diversity is our strength. UWC RCN focuses on the promotion of humanitarian and environmental concerns and Nordic values.

The academic (IB) programme prepares you for university. As a UWC RCN graduate you will be eligible for a scholarship to study in the US on the Davis United World College Scholars Program – a partnership with 94 US universities and colleges and it is the largest international scholarship program for undergraduates in the world.

Application is on VIGO, with a deadline of March 1. Applicants must be residents in Sogn og Fjordane – day or residential places are available.

Hari Bahadur Tamang (’16 – ’19)

February 8th, 2017|

Hari Bahadur Tamang says he was born twice. As soon as he was born, he faced challenges. From a small village in Chitwan in southern Nepal, he had 11 siblings, and his parents were poor, and could not look after all the children properly, so all of them were sent out to work at a very young age. Hari went to work as a dishwasher in a hotel 10 hours from his village. He was 7 years old. One day a bus he was traveling on was caught by a bomb blast, and 53 people lost their lives. Hari was one of the 71 people who survived.

After this traumatic experience Hari’s perspectives changed. He was lucky to be alive, and he knew it. He appreciated life and was fortunate to gain supporters – individuals and organisations who provided him with a small amount of financial relief and work opportunities in homes and on a farm. He went to school again, but when his mother passed away in 2007, he returned home to look after his father. Eventually, thanks to the support of a sponsor, Hari applied for a UWC scholarship, and with the assistance of the Nepalese National Committee he was accepted to the Survivors of Conflict programme at RCN – a programme which the College runs in tandem with the Red Cross and the Rehabilitation Centre on our campus.

Receiving an RCN scholarship filled Hari with hope and excitement. Finally, he thought, he could just focus on his education and take control of his future. However, coming to a new country and the RCN community brought new challenges. English was the most difficult problem of all. In the beginning, everything was hard, but gradually, Hari relaxed, and the friendly, supportive RCN environment brought out his natural friendliness and curiosity. He realized that RCN is not just about academics and started participating in activities such as Norwegian folk dancing and sports.

The Foundation Year Programme is making a huge difference in his life, he explains. He is getting familiar with the IB Programme, the UWC movement, the Red Cross and the RCN community. He is becoming more confident and feels he is receiving a great deal of moral support. He is building his foundation to tackle not only the IB, but also other challenges. With smaller class sizes and a special focus on developing both basic and academic English, he feels well supported and motivated. His language skills are going from strength to strength, and his days have become much easier.

“My life has been challenging, but these challenges have taught me to never give up, to have hope, ask for help, grab opportunities and work harder.”

Written by Sonam (Nepal) and Angie

For profiles and news of other students and alumni, click here.

Alumni at Case Western

February 3rd, 2017|

As well as our biennial reunions on campus, we have also organised reunions for alumni and other supporters in London, Helsinki, Malmö, Reykjavik, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Oslo, Stockholm, in recent years and are planning an event in Costa Rica this April. The RCN University Office is an important part of our alumni engagement – supporting graduating students in choosing the right course and university and then staying in touch with them. Mark, our Senior University Counsellor, was recently visiting Case Western Reserve University – a partner university in the Davis UWC Scholar Program – along with other UWC university counsellors. Mark took the opportunity to meet up with recent alumni Akinola (Daniel) Akinbote (Nigeria – 2013-15) and Aya Bahij (Palestine in Lebanon – 2013-15).

Akinola is majoring in Polymer Science and Engineering with a Bio Materials track, which is essentially a minor Bio Engineering. He has already taken advantage of Case Western’s undergraduate research opportunities having done some research into breast cancer in his first year. Over that summer, he worked with the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. Next summer he will be doing stem cell research alongside regenerative medicine.

Aya is majoring in Chemical Biology with minors in Cognitive Science and Economics. Aya has also joined a sorority at university, through which she does a lot of volunteering. Building on her personal experiences on arrival, she has taken the lead in the implementation of airport pickup for students, improving the international orientation, a Middle East Club and a discussion group on the human rights of Palestinians.

Den Kulturelle Skulesekken

February 2nd, 2017|

Thanks to Den kulturelle skulesekken, our first year students had the opportunity to connect with local students in Dale and to experience great music. The College brought more than a hundred students to listen to Thea Hjelmeland who surprised all present with her original sound and creative lyrics. The singer herself complimented the audience for their positive and welcoming attitude and several students chose to dance to the inviting rhythms. We are very grateful for all the opportunities we get to connect with Norwegian students and performers thanks to Den kulturelle skulesekken.

(The picture was taken from DKS’s website)