Monthly Archives: November 2017

Davis-Mahindra Intern’l Scholars

2018-10-16T09:31:43+01:00November 30th, 2017|

Each year, RCN is asked to put forward four second-year nominations for the Davis-Mahindra International Scholarship. In essence, this is recognition of an outstanding contribution throughout the RCN programme and something for the CV as RCN receives an annual cheque for investment from the Davis Foundation. The following students have been nominated in the past five years:

2012-3: Christine (Norway) and Tabish (Afghanistan)
2013-4: Nkanye (Zimbabwe) and Augusto (Peru)
2014-5: Elizabete (Latvia), Jasmine (Singapore), Pedro (Angola) and Sara (Sweden)
2015-6: Blessing (Zimbabwe), Dylan (USA), John (Kenya) and Sophia (Denmark)
2016-7: Flor (Argentina), Nikita (Belarus), Ravi (India) and Johanne (Norway)

We have again been invited to nominate four outstanding current second years.

The Selection Criteria is set by the Davis-Mahindra Foundations / International Office and each Davis-Mahindra International Scholar should:

  • Be a proven leader of high character
  • Be a very motivated high achiever
  • Have great potential

Advisors were invited by the university office to nominate students from their advisor groups they felt met the selection criteria. The Education Management Team and the University Office have read and discussed the advisor nominations, students’ testimonials / transcripts and records of progress – and considered the criteria set. It has been a predictably difficult decision given the quality of our student body.

We are pleased to announce that the following students have been nominated this year to represent RCN as Davis-Mahindra International Scholars:

  • Steinar (Norway), Peace (Nigeria), Helen (Germany), Amalie (Denmark),

Mark Chalkley
University Office
November 2017

UWC RCN Boad Meeting

2018-10-16T09:31:43+01:00November 27th, 2017|

Signing the Agreement

Signing the Agreement

The RCN Board met for a quarterly meeting at the SOS Children’s Villages office in Oslo on Friday 23 November. The board members were given a presentation by Bente Lier, Secretary General of SOS CV.

Since 1995, over 50 students from SOS Children’s Villages across the world have studied at RCN – and been supported by the college and Vibeke L’Orsa Mortensen.

On Friday, a Memorandum of Understanding between UWC RCN and SOS Children’s Villages Norway was signed by Bente Lier and the chair of the College Board, Kristin Vinje – signaling both institutions’ commitment to developing the partnership in the years ahead.

The ENOVA Competition 2017

2018-10-16T09:31:44+01:00November 23rd, 2017|

A team of five RCN students – Ilaria (Italy), Jennifer (Hong Kong), Mirandas (China), Sara (Italy), and Yash (UAE) – participated in the county round of the ENOVA competition. The competition, held annually, is for raising awareness about sustainable technologies and renewable energy use. Teams from local high schools compete to come up with an innovative and feasible solution for a certain task. The jury marks the teams on their knowledge in the topic, their level of innovation, their entrepreneurial approach and the quality of the presentation.

Our students had 3.5 hours for the task and came up with a solution for a green ferry system and created a website (available here) about their idea that covers all aspects of a new ferry system, from innovative redesign of boats, through using hydrogen fuels cells to the hydrogen production on docks that made the idea unique and feasible.

The RCN team came the second in the competition. Congratulations to the team for their amazing performance and for the wonderful solution for the task.

The team took the opportunity of being in Forde and visited the Protolab Vest, a small but well-equipped prototype lab built for youth to explore technology and their creativity.

Josh Macfarlane

2018-11-21T11:35:51+01:00November 21st, 2017|

Last week, we were pleased and honoured to share the news that Josh Macfarlane has been awarded the highest honour of the British Red Cross: the Dunant Award.

Josh joined us at RCN in August 2016 as our annual Red Cross EVS volunteer. He comes to us with a wealth of experience and training with the British Red Cross, being an active volunteer since 2012, including his work with the Wrexham Welfare project, which won him and his team the award. The Wrexham Welfare team dedicate their time to serving their community every Saturday, from 10pm to 5am, offering first aid assistance, and general welfare support, which involves anything from psychosocial support to giving out flip flops to women finding it hard to walk in their high heels – and therefore reducing the risk of falling and injuring themselves. The Wrexham Welfare project truly demonstrates the core values of the Red Cross – responding to the most pressing needs of the community and offering help where help is needed in an empathetic, humanitarian and non-judgemental manner. We were so pleased to hear that this important voluntary work with the British Red Cross is being recognised, and hope that Josh passes on our sincerest congratulations to the rest of his team back in the UK

Here at RCN, when he has not been busy in his role as Leirskule assistant, Josh has been working hard on helping us to develop our own Red Cross portfolio. He takes an active hand in helping to manage the RC Youth Group, and has been involved in developing our work with Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross’s Stop the Violence project. Josh also helped to develop our partnership with the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross’ biannual youth camp, which has been extremely popular with the students: a role which is now managed by Josh’s EVS successor Jennifer Griffiths. Josh also assisted with the Red Cross’s Ferie for Alle scheme, which provides holiday opportunities for people in the local area with less financial stability. We are extremely pleased to have recruited Josh now as a member of staff, working full time in the Leirskule department and in the kitchen. Luckily for us, Josh keeps an experienced hand in the Red Cross Youth project, and we look forward to developing more projects with him in the future. Having such an experienced and committed volunteer on board is a great asset, and we hope that his commitment to the core values of the Red Cross will be a source of inspiration to the student body.

Well done on your great news Josh – we are so proud to have you with us.

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