Monthly Archives: April 2018

April 30, 2018

The New College Signpost

April 30th, 2018|

The College’s signpost – first planted on the grass between the Admin and Andresen Buildings in 2003 with arrows pointing to cities across the world – has over the years taken on a real significance at RCN as both a visual reminder to us all of the world beyond and also destinations our graduates head towards. Photographed with snow on it and caught in summer sunshine, we use it again and again to illuminate what the College stands for; it sits proudly in both our Strategy 2020 and our formal agreement with the Norwegian Red Cross.

Over the years, the weather has taken its toll on it.

This spring – Jelena (a teacher from the founding generation), Alf Magne (Head of Maintenance) and a team of students – Freddy (Cameroon) and MJ (Thailand) – set about restoring and redesigning it with some help from Nynke and Olivier (The Netherlands) and the Bio Lab team.

New locations of outstanding natural beauty and significance were selected across the home planet Earth for our directional arrows. In addition, the team added a lower set of arrows to our UWC sister schools and colleges across the world and the distance in kms from the signpost.

It was reinstalled and unveiled on Friday 27th April by the design team, with an introduction by Jelena, in front of first year students, interested staff members, members of the RCN Council and other guests.

Thank you to all those who, over the years have contributed to the original design and repair work – with special mention to our former Head of Maintenance, Vidar Jensen.

It was a very special occasion and we are delighted to introduce you to our new signpost.

RCN Council Meeting

April 30th, 2018|

It was a pleasure to welcome the members of Council and other guests from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th April 2018 for the annual UWC RCN Council meeting here on campus. Our Council members continue to act as our supporters, our bridge-builders, and our voice across the Nordic region.

The Council gathers once a year on campus and the Board four times a year, alternating between College visits and other locations throughout the Nordic region.

In advance of the Council Meeting, the UWC RCN Annual Report – a printed encapsulation of our work and reflection on the year gone by – was released. Please see here for an electronic copy.

Beyond the formal Council meeting, we designed this year’s programme in a way that provided members with concrete opportunities to engage with students and staff, through careers workshops and focus groups on areas of strategic importance. For the latter, we set up some Focus Group Meetings (UWC Nordic Short Course, Fundraising, Campus Development, the RCN Educational Model, and Regional Impact) on Friday afternoon – open to Council members, Education and Support Staff and the newly elected Student Council members.

Student performance

Staff performance

The Council Meeting was followed by a themed dinner, ‘Valhalla’, coordinated by our Events Management students and staff team in the Høegh – with a set of performances by students and staff for after dinner entertainment.

Tonje (Norway) and Flormari (USA), two of our second year students, ended the day with a wonderful introduction to gammaldans – with the help of local musicians, Jan and Andreas. Over sixty of us took to the dance floor.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the programme for our Council members and guests.

For an album of pictures, please click here.

First Prize in Competition

April 28th, 2018|

Our second year Swedish student Herman (left in photograph) has been awarded 1st Prize in the Young Scientists Competition 2018 for humanities research. The title of his research is ‘An Investigation of the Economic Consequences of Immigration’.

The central question he investigates is how immigration influences salary levels in Sweden. The question was addressed by sending out a questionnaire to employment offices. One finding is that development has been less positive for those with a low salary than those with a high. The Norwegian research Council has honoured Herman with a special prize, which is to participate at the London International Youth Science Forum in London this summer.

Congratulations Herman!

Marking Earth Day 2018

April 24th, 2018|

Judit, Børje Møstre and Jelena

To mark Earth Day this year, we have had a special focus on plastic pollution.
The day started with a lecture by Børje Møstre about In The Same Boat, a programme where young volunteers from all around the world live on a boat for a period of time to clean the west coast from plastic and other trash.

The documentary Before the Flood was screened and created lively discussions. With locally grown seaweed pesto as a snack, together with fresh cinnamon buns, we managed to create a cozy atmosphere in spite of the environmental dangers we are challenged with and had been discussing.

For the session on creating natural face masks, one of the organisers (Daniel from Denmark) took a quick jump into the fjord to take mud to provide some of the necessary ingredients, to which were added fruits and honey.

We also had a photography session – looking at nature combined with a tree hugging competition! It was a day of reflection and fun activities – linked to the urgency of providing a sustainable future for our earth.