February 15, 2017

Jubilee Fund – Support Us

February 15th, 2017|

September 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of UWC Red Cross Nordic and provided us with the opportunity to celebrate the history of the College and its commitment to peace and a sustainable future. As part of the celebrations we established an RCN Jubilee Fund with a view to providing financial support for some key projects.

Larry, our Rektor, and Tøve Veierod, the Chair of the Board, have written to all our friends and supporters. Please find below the text of their letter and also a short video introduction by Arne Osland (Director of Development) to the purpose of the Foundation Year Programme:

Re: UWC Red Cross Nordic Jubilee Fund and the Davis-UWC Impact programme

Dear UWC RCN supporter,

This year is UWC Red Cross Nordic’s 20th anniversary year and it provides us with opportunity to celebrate the history of the College and our commitment to peace and a sustainable future. Following on from the annual Council Meeting in April 2015, we have decided to create an RCN Jubilee Fund.

We have been encouraged and inspired by the genuine enthusiasm for RCN and its future that is shared by alumni (circa 1900 worldwide), parents, former staff and supporters. Members of the RCN family are our ambassadors across the world, our network, our voice beyond the fjords. Indeed we meet so many engaging and engaged supporters – often asking how they can give back in a tangible and helpful way.

At the heart of the new design for RCN’s Strategic Plan is financial sustainability. As the College moves into its third decade, we need to lay important foundations for the future development of this College. Each UWC has its own distinctive identity, character and atmosphere – and it is important that we work together to ensure the future of the unique educational opportunities RCN offers to students from across the world. All this, however, comes at a cost and the reality is that, as a College, we receive in income from the Nordic region less than needed to offer a first rate educational experience to the next generation of students.

At an event in Hong Kong last November, a parent of a former student kindly gave the Rektor an envelope with a cheque inside and asked him to direct the donation to something special. After consulting student representatives, we decided to spend the money on buying Christmas presents for all students unable to go home for December and who were on our Winter Programme. The Christmas before, the College received a card from a Malaysian alumna with some Norwegian bank notes tucked inside with a note saying: ‘note for alumni: don’t forget what RCN gives you and try to give back when you grow up’. Both examples illustrate the willingness of our network to support the College and its projects – but it is imperative that we enable financial support of the College by providing a coherent and coordinated fundraising programme.

With this in mind, we are establishing an RCN Jubilee Fund with a view to providing financial support for some key projects. Marianne Andresen, a dedicated supporter of the College since it was founded, has generously offered to launch the Jubilee Fund by donating a building to partner the Silent House as part of the ‘Nordic Tun’ on the south side of the campus; this building will contain a baking oven and will be an educational resource – and a source of enjoyment – for our students, Red Cross summer camps, and other visitors.

Every gift makes a difference and is vital to our success. Your support will have an immediate impact on the lives of our students. All donations will be attributed to the RCN Jubilee Fund with the option for donors to be acknowledged on the Jubilee website and in the next edition of the RCN Annual Report. Our current fundraising priority is:

Provision of Jubilee Scholarships: financial support for a Foundation Year for those from conflict / refugee backgrounds who are unable to complete the IB programme in 21 months due to disrupted learning and / or language difficulties;

Your donation whether it is a regular or a one-off gift, combined with those of others, makes a significant impact upon the quality of the RCN experience of current students and is much valued and gratefully received.

UWC International announced at the beginning of August a USD $15,000,000 funding boost through a gift by American philanthropist, Shelby M C Davis. Mr Davis’ gift acknowledges the continuing appeal of UWCs’ internationally recognised education model, which has deliberate diversity of the student body and education for community leadership at its heart. In practice for RCN, under the Davis-UWC Impact programme, new and increased charitable donations from alumni, parents and friends up to the value of one million dollars will be matched dollar for dollar, thereby doubling contributions. The programme is designed to stimulate a significant increase in giving from supporters to UWC boosting our capacity to meet the demonstrated financial needs of gifted students from financially less advantaged families and further increase the socio-economic diversity of our UWC campuses.

We value the engagement with our supporters and we have lifted our level of connection through the development of our Facebook page, website, a monthly newsletter and regular alumni events. Over the past three years, we have held events in London, Helsinki, Malmø, Reykjavik and Hong Kong, and we are planning further events in London, Stockholm and Oslo before the end of this Jubilee year.

Please find attached our Annual Report – a printed encapsulation of our work which serves both as a reflection on the year gone by and the direction in which we are going – and please follow us on the newly launched Jubilee website. There are clear instructions on the Jubilee and College websites as to how to donate.

We sincerely hope that, for the years to come, you will continue to contribute to the architecture and future of RCN and, in the spirit of both the founders of the UWC movement and RCN, you help to enable the next generation of students to benefit, in turn, from the stimulating and challenging education we hope you received at this College.

Thank you.

With best wishes

Richard D A Lamont                                Tove Veierød
Rektor                                                      Chair of the Board

Our current fundraising priority is:

Provision of Jubilee Scholarships: financial support for a Foundation Year for those from conflict / refugee backgrounds who are unable to complete the IB programme in 21 months due to disrupted learning and / or language difficulties.

Here, Director of Development Arne Osland explains the purpose of the Foundation Year Programme.

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 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.

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)

Neil Davis Friluftsliv PBL

February 1st, 2017|

We drove into the mountains looking for snow to build a snow cave. Our little international band of students, headed by a South African (who really can ski) scanned the landscape excitedly. The five of us came from Belarus, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark and the US and have various experience with skiing and this diversity in nationality, skiing ability and personality, made for a wonderfully positive working – and playing – dynamic.

As soon as we arrived in the snow, many small challenges arose. Firstly, how do we carry all the sticks and branches we’d brought with us to build a shelter? And how do we use them to make a solid home for the next two days? The less-than-ideal conditions called for us to create unconventional solutions given our limited resources. We found that the ingenuity that came forth, especially in our roof and the overall design for our snow cave-ish structure, to be a big part of the learning experience. We even had time to make the most epic snow slide in Norway.

Building the shelter took all of our hands, but eventually we had a new temporary home. It was a great feeling! Then came the problem of finding drinkable water. Alistair enjoyed pointing out the irony of this situation, as we were surrounded by frozen water. Once even Nik was full of noodles and soup, we fell asleep awaiting the next day of skiing.

SunsetIt was a long day of skiing. The wind stung our faces and Nikita gave us perspective on the beautiful, harsh landscape, remarking that the wind was like smoke flying through the valley. The icy conditions made for plenty of humbling falls. Although Alistair’s ski decided to break, we still made the best of the day exploring and jumping around the snow cave.

Certainly something we will remember from this trip are Alistair’s long tales of Norwegian epics in the outdoors, as well as personal stories of adventure. We would like to make it clear that the imperfect circumstances we experienced by no means made this PBL any less meaningful or enjoyable! It was a trip which cleared our minds, giving us greater perspective on the daily hustle and bustle. In an entirely different context to the usual classroom: we learnt by doing, about teamwork, practical skills and the philosophies of friluftsliv. All in all we are thankful for the opportunity to connect with nature through friluftsliv!

(Report written by Nik Schelling and Faith Isham ’15 – ’17)