The academic year has begun
Todd Protheroe from the UK and Martin Dreyer from Oslo were among the many new students enjoying the sun during the opening of the academic year August 13th.
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"My first impression of Bergen is that everybody are really friendly. It is also a very beautiful city, with its mix of old and new, and with the closeness to the nature and mountains surrounding the city", says Todd Protheroe.
He was attending the official opening of the academic year Monday.
Protheroe looks forward to get to know his fellow students, the city and the university in the time to come.
The 21-year-old now starts his Master's studies in Geography at UiB. He chose that field of study because he is passionate about the environment and hopes to work with green and sustainable solutions after his studies.
Good study environment
Another new student at the welcome ceremony was Martin Dreyer from Oslo. He will study to be a teacher, and later hopes to find a job as an English teacher at an upper secondary school.
Dreyer just finished serving one year in the Royal Norwegian Navy in Bergen, and thus already know the city.
"You could say I've fallen in love with this city, and that is why I also wanted to study here", he says, adding that he has a good impression of the study environment at the University of Bergen.
"I've heard the study environment in Bergen is one of the best in the country, and so far my impression is that the fellow students are nice, and easy to get to know", Dreyer said, before the welcome programme started with Gaudeamus igitur, by the student choirs Studentersangforeningen and Mannskoret Arme riddere.
The academic year gets underway
"The calibre of new students is the best ever and while it is our task to ensure you receive the highest quality education, it is your task as a student to make the best use of the teaching available", UiB-rector Dag Rune Olsen said in his welcome speech, focusing among other things on the strong international focus of the university.
To the international students, he said: "I hope and believe that you will learn a lot from your stay with us, not just academically, but socially and culturally as well. In return, I hope you will share your knowledge and culture with us".
The Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Monica Mæland, herself a former UiB student, encouraged the new students to work hard, to see the studies as more than just training for a job, and to take care of each other.
"You are not alone"
"Your student years are a wonderful time", leader of the Student Parliament, Nikolai Klæbø said, adding:
"The most important thing you can do to enjoy yourself is to get involved with something other than your studies".
He also underlined that students in Bergen are not alone, if they meet difficult times.
"Some of you will meet challenges that seem hard to handle, and may feel lonely at times. But know that we are right behind you", said the Student Parliament leader.