Outside events

EdTech Global Foundation

2018-10-16T09:33:17+01:00April 13th, 2015|

UWC RCN has been offered the unique opportunity to form a delegation to attend the third annual conference of EdTech Europe 2015 in London. The conference brings together established learning and education providers, innovators, disrupters, educators, policy makers and investors with an interest in European and global education technology. The 2015 one-day summit will be hosted at Kings Place in London on 18 June 2015.

The UWC (RCN) delegation will consist of Sir John Daniel (Chair of UWC International Board), David Sengeh (Sierra Leone – RCN, Harvard, MIT alumnus), Peter Verhille (UWC Director of International Fund Development), Larry (RCN’s Rektor) and Arne (RCN’s Director of Development). Sir John will be a key note speaker on MOOCs and David Sengeh has been invited to speak about the projects he contributes to – with EdTech Global Foundation partnering in 2015 with Global Minimum to Support Young Innovators in Kenya, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

Thupten Dorji and Zoe HarringtonRCN has been invited to provide two students to attend the conference and to be part of a student panel discussion – Zoe Harrington (Germany) and Thupten Dorji (Tibet) have been selected to represent RCN at the conference and will also be part of the UWC delegation at an event at the Norwegian Embassy with alumni and other London-based supporters as part of our set of events for the 20th anniversary of RCN.

The Newsletter advertising the event can be seen here.

Bergen Conference

2018-10-16T09:33:27+01:00November 27th, 2014|

UWC Red Cross Nordic recently contributed to the eventful annual conference at the Bergen Chamber of Commerce. Second year student Bob Okello and Director of Development Arne Osland joined Marco Elsafadi on stage for discussions about the work being done for and by the young in helping to create a better future.

View a video of their contributions here.

An Experience in China

2018-10-16T09:33:28+01:00November 19th, 2014|

China annually holds a contest called ‘汉语桥’ (Hanyu qiao). In English it’s called ‘Chinese Bridge’. This is a contest for foreign college students, competing against each other, where they have to show their proficiency in the Chinese language. It is broadcast as a reality show on Chinese national television every year. The event is promoted by Hanban, which is the Chinese national office for teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The selection process for competitors starts about half a year before the actual competition in China. Many countries have a ‘Confucius Institute’ which holds the national competition; in March 2014, I took part in the Norwegian national competition in the Confucius Institute in Bergen, and got 1st place. This was very unexpected, as I mostly participated for fun and certainly didn’t aim to win!.

Participants gather before the cameras in BeijingHalf a year later, I went to the actual competition in China along with four other people: another competitor, two observers, and the teacher working for the Confucius Institute in Bergen.

The trip was from the 15th October-3rd November. There were competitors from all over the world, across a wide range of ages – there were competitors as young as 13 years old who spoke fluent Chinese. I thought my skills in Chinese were quite good, but realized that I was probably one of the least fluent. While most competitors had studied Chinese for 3-6 years, I still felt proud to be participating with my one year of study.

The programme they put together over the course of the two weeks was very hectic, but extremely interesting. We visited famous places, such as the Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and many more impressive sights. We were taken to exclusive restaurants serving traditional Chinese food and I got to taste one of Beijing’s specialties, Beijing Roasted Duck. The first five days were focused on sightseeing in Beijing and we later flew to the south of China, to Kunming in the province of Yunnan. It was here that the competition would be held. In the competition, we competed in teams of two.

At the Great WallIt was very interesting being part of this. As I’ve never been part of any kind of reality-show before  a lot of things were very new and unexpected. I can give an example: the first day, when our group arrived at the airport, there were cameramen to film us. They recorded us walking out of the airport, but approached us and told us to go back into the airport and do it again – but we were to act really surprised and curious. We had to repeat this process four times! Another interesting thing happened at the closing ceremony. Together with some other competitors, we were asked to sing at the closing ceremony. Some days before, we recorded our voices in a professional studio. At the actual ceremony, we were given plastic microphones that weren’t real – we were in fact only lip-synching. I found this quite weird, but still very funny.

I feel that this trip gave me many things. All instructions were given in Chinese, so I really had to pay attention. This helped me improve my Chinese, and I can now understand it more easily when hearing Chinese being spoken fast. I also made many new friends, and bonded with people I will remember in the future. After being a competitor in this competition, I’m also eligible for a 6-month long scholarship to study Chinese in any university in China. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity, and will definitely make use of it.

SANMUN 2014

2018-10-16T09:33:29+01:00November 17th, 2014|

It was an honour to attend this year’s 11th Annual Conference of the SANMUN (Skagerak and Nesbru Model United Nations). This MUN happens to be the largest in Scandinavia – Norway through a joint cooperation with Skagerak International School and Nesbru vidergaende skole who organizes this event annually. Many schools from around Norway attend this event with some schools even flying from other Scandinavian countries to attend the conference, to work together in stimulating mind-opening debates and to explore lasting solutions to problems around the world.

From the 8th to the 9th of November 2014, three representatives from UWC RCN attended the conference representing the country of Australia at Nesbru School in Oslo. Members of the delegation were appointed to different committees to discuss issues of importance that are currently stirring debate around the world. This year the main geographic area of focus in each committee was Asia. Therefore the issues at hand included those of major concern regarding this continent – from  cyber warfare to an in-depth examination of the management of natural disasters. The sessions were long and tiring but proved to be very worthwhile. The debating was intense but resolutions were put across –  some were denied, some accepted  – and yet it was all leading to the best solution to the situations at hand.

The United Nations simulation is an insight into how the UN tackles issues affecting  different countries and regions of the world. It is a great opportunity for students to become delegates themselves and deal with the pressure of drafting a resolution that will pass whilst keeping in mind their countries’ interests. It is a stimulating event which, while resulting in exhaustion of the mind also requires maintaining a high level of alertness about what is happening around the world.

The delegation were excellent representatives of the College with Blessing Chirimbani getting the special mention of being the best speaker in the Environment Commission representing Australia.  Indeed the MUN for the RCN delegates of Australia was an educating and awesome experience. It was a chance to mingle with other students from the other parts of Scandinavia and it was definitely a fruitful experience.

Blessing Chirimbani,
On behalf of the RCN MUN delegation (Justina Cizinauskaite and Rachel Leung)