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Grand opening of the University Hall

The opening of the University Hall is one of the biggest events in the history of the University of Bergen (UiB).

State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad (left) hands the key to the hall to Dag Rune Olsen, rector of the University of Bergen.
HANDING OVER THE KEY: State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad (left) hands the key to the hall to Dag Rune Olsen, rector of the University of Bergen.
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Thor Brødreskift

"This is a fantastic day. We have been waiting a long time for this hall and it is wonderful to see it in all its glory. It is a pride for the city of Bergen, for the University, and it will be a pride for the Western part of Norway,” said Rector at UiB, Dag Rune Olsen, at the opening of the University Hall.

In his speech he expressed his gratitude to the government of Norway for funding the hall, and wished the audience welcome.

”I am looking forward to all the great events the city and the university will arrange in the new hall,” said Olsen.

Although the hall had its official opening on 2 September 2015, it had already been used twice in the preceding weeks: the doctoral promotion on 28 August and the Bergen Students Society’s autumn opening meeting 29 August.

The rector reminded the audience that cooperation between academia and the rest of society was at the core of Wilhelm Friman Koren Christie’s idea when founding the Bergen Museum in 1825.

”Based on the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment, Christie wished to build the nation of Norway and improve upon the public conversation. The new hall reinstates the university and the museum as a place to meet, and we honour Christie’s grand intentions,” said Rector Olsen.