Stop the Violence

2018-10-16T09:33:30+01:00October 23rd, 2014|

RCN student Mateo Dupleich Rozo leading a Theatre Game activity with our visitorsOn Wednesday we were visited by 48 ninth-grade students from three different schools in Svelgen and Bremanger, a district two hours north of the College. The visit came about through our cooperation with the Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross, who organize events and activities for people to highlight the effects of violence and teach how to develop tools to work locally against violence.

A day of activities was organised for our visitors: there were talks and presentations in the morning about our cooperative projects with Fredskorpset and several of our students, some from our Survivors of Conflict programme, others from areas of conflict, shared their stories with our visitors in a presentation in the Høegh Centre. Later in the day there was yoga, ice-breaker games and Theatre activities led by students. 


Our thanks go to the Red Cross, to our visitors who made the journey to the College, and to our students and staff  who put together such a varied and interesting programme.  As a future development from this visit, we are hoping – in co-operation with Sogn og Fjordane Red Cross – to develop a programme that can be offered to all schools in our region.

RCN students and staff with our visitors

Phil and Amy Geier

2018-10-16T09:33:32+01:00September 26th, 2014|

It was a pleasure and privilege to welcome Amy and Phil Geier this week to UWC Red Cross Nordic. Fresh from the inauguration ceremony at UWC Robert Bosch College, Amy and Phil arrived on campus on Tuesday evening and proceeded to take a full part in College life – from meetings with staff and students to participation in lessons. At the invitation of the Admissions Team at Middlebury, Amy kindly agreed to meet with students on an individual basis to give an introduction to studying at the College in her capacity as a Middlebury Fellow. Phil, as co-founder and executive director of the United World College Scholars Programme, gave a presentation on the history of the partnership between Shelby Davis and the UWC movement alongside an introduction to new projects focused on bridge / gap years including the Semester at Sea Programme and the Global Citizen Year. In the late 1990s, Shelby and Phil started with a simple idea: provide scholarships to talented international students at American colleges and universities, which they hoped would transform those students’ lives and enhance the global diversity of American higher education. This founding aim has blossomed into a strategic objective that now advances international understanding through education built on the following twin principles: 1) that promising future leaders from a broad range of cultures should be afforded greater educational opportunities and serve to accelerate global networking; 2) that these educational opportunities take place at leading US colleges and universities, in the belief that these American schools will become more effective learning communities for all their students by becoming more internationally diverse and globally engaged. In the academic year 2013-4, 5,508 graduates from UWCs (and representing 148 countries) studied at 91 US universities as part of the Davis UWC Scholars Programme. Phil presented to a packed auditorium and responded to a series of stimulating and thought-provoking question from students on the history and future of the programme – and certainly fired the imaginations of those considering studying at US universities.

This was the third time Phil and Amy had visited the College. They were first here in 1995 for the opening ceremony when Phil was the President (equivalent of Rektor) of UWC-USA and then again ten years ago – and we so look forward to welcoming them back to UWC Red Cross Nordic in the future. We wish them safe travels in their European tour which will now take them to the International Office in London, to UWC Atlantic College, to UWC Maastricht, to a short expedition on a Semester at Sea voyage, and finally to the inauguration ceremony at UWC Dilijan. We appreciate and applaud both Amy and Phil for their extraordinary commitment to the UWC movement.


Queen Sonja’s visit

2018-10-16T09:33:45+01:00March 28th, 2014|

Our Patron, Her Majesty Queen Sonja, is visiting the College April 3rd – 4th. Queen Sonja has been a true supporter of our mission to make education a force to unite people, since the College was established in 1995.

Staff and students are eagerly preparing for the event, in co-operation with the Palace and the Office of the ‘Fylkesmann’. Highlights of the event will be the student show on Thursday evening and the Foundation Stone Ceremony for our new visitor centre, UWC Connect, on Friday at 1200.

All members of the public are heartily welcome to the latter event, on the south side of our campus at Haugland, Friday 4th April at 1200.

Attached is a schedule for the visit.

Dyslexia Course

2014-02-03T16:25:32+01:00January 30th, 2014|

On 30th January the College hosted teachers and other education professionals from around the County as they attended a full day of presentations and discussions about recognising Dyslexia in the classroom and the uses of technology software and hardware for helping identified students. Presentations were given by Åsne Midtbø Aas and Lillian Dale – two very experienced professionals.

Staff from the College also attended and were pleased with the way the day had gone.