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A sunny welcome to new students

The sun shone as 5,000 new students were welcomed to the University of Bergen in autumn 2016. Students from more than 100 countries are among the new faces.

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 A SPIRITED START: Thousands of students from more than 100 countries gathered in Nygårdsparken in Bergen city centre to celebrate the start of the new academic year.  Photo: Emil Weatherhead Breistein, University of Bergen
A SPIRITED START: Thousands of students from more than 100 countries gathered in Nygårdsparken in Bergen city centre to celebrate the start of the new academic year.
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Emil Weatherhead Breistein, University of Bergen

“As rector at an international research university I am proud that we have students from more than 100 countries. Internationalization is of critical importance to higher education,” said Rector of the University of Bergen (UiB), Dag Rune Olsen, in his welcoming speech on Tuesday 16 August.

More than 5,000 students begin their academic careers at UiB this autumn, many of them from other nations than Norway.

In his speech, the rector advised the international students to seize the opportunity to take part in the global sharing of knowledge.

“As international students you are in a foreign country, in a town previously unknown to you and at a new university. Yes, this can be overwhelming, but also a unique opportunity - an opportunity to learn, to make new friends, to broaden your horizon. Knowledge is - and should be – a global public good,” Olsen said.

The welcoming ceremony was held in Nygårdsparken, one of Bergen’s central parks.