Marking grief and compassion

The opening of the academic year at the University of Bergen will highlight the solidarity, grief and compassion after the terrorist attacks on 22 July.

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At the opening of the academic year on Tuesday 16 August, there will be a ceremony to commemorate the cruel and horrible terrorist attacks in Oslo and on Utøya island on 22 July. On the day when the university gathers to greet our new students it is only fitting also to mark our sorrow and compassion, and our denunciation of this act of terror. We wish to show that students and staff at the University of Bergen stand united.

Before officially declaring the start of the new academic year, we shall remember those who were killed and give our unstinting support to the survivors and the bereaved.  In particular, we will remember one of our own talented students, Tore Eikeland, who was one of the many killed on Utøya island.

After this ceremony the new academic year will begin and together we will show that terrorist acts do not scare us into submission. Instead we shall reinforce our work to promote human rights, equality and democracy.

Students and staff are all welcome to a joint memorial service and opening of the new academic year on Tuesday 16 August at 13.00 to 14.00 in Muséplass in central Bergen.