February 4, 2019

Parafootball and Deadline Day

February 4th, 2019|

For many years our students have had the pleasure of being involved with football activities in Fjalerhallen under the term “parafootball”.
This is made in co-operation with the culture section in Fjaler Municpality. Jon Magnus has been a mainstay in this activity over the years.

Smiles, hard work and skills at display every week in the season. And the fans are anxious at deadline day for international football transfers.
Will the big clubs turn up?

Award for Mark Chalkley

February 1st, 2019|

Our Senior University Counsellor, Mark Chalkley, has been chosen one of the nine 2019 Counselors That Change Lives, the only international counsellor to receive the award this year – and we think the first UWC counsellor! This honour is given in recognition of Mark’s dedication to the college counselling profession and for promoting and supporting a student-centred college search process.

From their website:

“Dare to Fail.” The tattoo on Mark Chalkley’s arm is an outward symbol of his approach to helping UWC Red Cross Nordic students navigate their futures. Each year, Mark’s caseload includes approximately 100 seniors who come from 80+ countries with a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and an equally eclectic assortment of post-secondary aspirations. He assists every one of them by finding the best match for their skills and interests in locations all over the world, frequently with no funding from home. More often than not, RCN students choose an opportunity abroad, sight-unseen. However, Mark’s careful counseling throughout the process also instills students with confidence in their abilities to transition to another culture and succeed in college. Originally from the UK, Mark Chalkley has been living on campus as the college counselor at Red Cross Nordic for over a decade, and his continued dedication to students is more than deserving of this honor.

Congratulations Mark!

January 30, 2019

Focus on World Religions

January 30th, 2019|

Last week was World Religion Week at UWC RCN, with focus on interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding and philosophy of religion. We welcomed two visitors for the event, Hugh Rice of the University of Oxford, who led workshops on arguments for and against the existence of God, and Rev’d Canon Philip Lambert, who led TOK classes on faith as a way of knowing.

In his sessions Mr Lambert talked about the meaning and importance of religious rituals. History students and others interested talked with civil rights leader and president of the Raleigh Apex NAACP, Gerald D Givens Jr. about the role of religion in the US Civil Rights Movement. Our star team of student organizers led a range of cultural sharing events, including a Q&A on the role of women in religion, an evening of sharing about different religious practices on campus in the form of a “speed dating” event and a meditative conversation about prayer in the silent house. We rounded off the week with a team quiz and on Sunday a wonderful concert of religious music from some of our talented students and staff.

Infographics displayed in the Kantina:

December 14, 2018

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony 2018

December 14th, 2018|

The International Community taking a Stance against Wartime Sexual Violence

In Oslo City Hall for the ceremony

This year the College had the honour of being represented at the Nobel Peace Prize Awards in Oslo with the following students and staff attending: Jordanella (Sweden/Dem Rep of Congo), Olivia (Norway), Mariana (Mexico), Otto (Norway), Sidnie (Philippines) and Rektor Guðmundur (Iceland).

Our team gathered in the Icelandic embassy before the event, before heading to Oslo City Hall. In their speeches the two laureates called on the world to protect victims of wartime sexual violence – a brave and moving appeal for everyone listening. They were also invited to take an active part in the Al Jazeera interviews with the prize winners, Denis Mukwegea and Nadia Murad.

In this link (16:35-) you can see Jordanella, with her family background in the Democratic Republic of Congo, asking Dr Mukwege what we, as an international community, can do.