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December 11, 2019

Appointment of new Rektor

2019-12-17T16:57:34+00:00December 11th, 2019|

We have appointed Hege Myhre as the new Rektor for the College, starting in the school year beginning August 2020. There were many well qualified applicants for the position from all over the world. After several rounds with interviews and visits to the school, we are happy to now have Hege Myhre in place. She is currently Rektor at Kongsberg International School and has extensive experience and competence within international education. She is the first woman to be appointed in a permanent position as Rektor at UWC Red Cross Nordic and also the first Norwegian. Deputy Rektor Jo Loiterton will be acting Rektor until Myhre is in place at the beginning of the next school year.

After accepting the position, Hege wrote the following:

Thank you to each and every one in the UWC RCN family for allowing me to join your forces and take part in the myriad of opportunities ahead of us!

Taking on the role of the new Rektor is both a privilege and an honour. Privilege as I know the College houses a highly diverse student and staff body, who both represent resourcefulness and excellence in multitude ways. The level of student agency and student engagement has impressed me in all my encounters with the College, as has staff dedication and motivation. It is a privilege to be asked to build on the strengths already present on campus while seeking out the next steps for development. Further, to push for distinction of the UWC mission and values, which resonate completely with my own set of beliefs, is an honour. The bold idealism expressed in the mission is not only a mere description of hope for the future, but it is a promise and a pledge that I as an educator can commit to and should always see to role-model.

On top of this, the three pillars of RCN are connecting my sincere interests with the passion for international education. Having specialized in holistic education, I am excited about the vast opportunities the collaboration with Red Cross is bringing to the table. A residential, inclusive campus is an amazing starting point in itself for holism, but the ‘Survivors of Conflict project’ is just one great example of how the Red Cross generate additional focus on humanitarian values such as compassion, tolerance and peace. I am looking forward to seeing how the students will shape and develop their personal identity in connection with their community, having the unique opportunity to get a mini sample from the world in the beautiful scenery of Flekke.

Because beautiful it is. Breathtakingly so!

The more I have travelled the world, the more I have learned to appreciate and love the natural environment and scenery of our Norwegian nature. And Flekke with its surroundings are no exception to this admiration. Outdoor life activities in variety is an important aspect of my life, which not only enable me to stay reasonable fit, but also balances levels of stress during hectic periods. Alongside this love of outdoor life and the concern for the environment which this has manifested, and making use of my understanding and experience of this together with the College community is something I am truly looking forward to.

But what I most eagerly await is to meet you all in person. Whether you are a student, staff member, board member, alumnus, member of the national committees, member of the larger UWC family, local partner of collaboration, national or international collaborator, politician, external expert, IB professional, the list could go on. But in short – I am looking forward to meeting all stakeholders to UWC RCN. Your investment and heartfelt care for the college has in unison built the legacy of the college, and so will inform my lead when we together will embark upon the strategic development of the coming period. The excitement of the possibilities coming true is beyond any description.

With all sincerity, Hege

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Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony

2019-12-11T11:42:43+00:00December 11th, 2019|

War is the exemplification of hell on earth for all involved. I know it, because I have been there and come back.

These were the words of the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali in his speech during the ceremony in Oslo City Hall today. It was an honour for our students Edda Iveland (Norway), Leane Ickes (Malaysia), Elin de Wall (Germany), Manuel Macedo Lamana (Uruguay) and Ghulam Ali Doulat (Afghanistan) to attend the ceremony together with our acting Rektor Jo Loiterton.

One of our students said, “It made an impact to hear the laureate talk about his personal background, and to learn he had been a soldier in war. He gave examples of how he was fighting the war, and it gave a less intellectual and more concrete understanding of peace.”

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November 30, 2019

Landmine Free World by 2025

2019-11-30T08:36:14+00:00November 30th, 2019|

Alumnus Edwin Gonzalez from Nicaragua was invited by the Norwegian MFA and Red Cross to attend the Oslo Review Conference, on the prohibition of the use and destruction of personnel mines, which took place between 25-29 November 2019.

While we are still awaiting the final outcome of the event, Edwin, himself a land mine survivor, was uplifted by this experience. “I am impressed with how people from many sectors have come together to tackle the problems created by the garbage of war. It takes a lot of resources, willpower and know-how to take up the battle against these destructive forces. But what encourages me most is to see the shift from a land-based focus to a human focus. After all it is the concern for human beings we are fighting for. I leave Oslo with strengthened hope.”

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International Children’s Day

2019-11-25T10:05:31+00:00November 25th, 2019|

International Children’s Day was celebrated in style in Førde. We contributed with music and rhythms from the stage – and tastes from all over the world in our stalls. Many children had their names written in Chinese. Thanks to the Førde Festival for providing this meeting place for us all.

Click here for some pictures from the day.

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