Tuesday 21. April 2015

Former University Centre student’s thesis gains national attention

The best recommendation educational establishments can get is the success their students achieve after their courses finish. It is, therefore, always pleasing for the University Centre to be able to publicise the successes of its former students here on the website.

The major Icelandic news website Vísir.is last week spoke with economist Sigurbjörg Benediktsdóttir—a student on the preparatory program for university studies which the University Centre of the Westfjords offered in January 2008. In the Vísir.is interview, Sigurbjörg talks about her thesis on the possibility of Iceland becoming a cashless country. Sigurbjörg points out that it is very much possible from a technical point-of-view and that a cashless economy in Iceland would be beneficial for many reasons, including cracking down on illegal cash-in-hand employment.

As mentioned above, Sigurbjörg was among the group of students which embarked on a preparatory program locally at the University Centre of the Westfjords in January 2008, offered in conjunction with Reykjavík University. Sigurbjörg was one of three students who completed the preparatory program two years later and she then went on to study economics at the University of Akureyri.

Sigurbjörg completed her economics studies in spring 2014 and has recently started working at an accountancy firm in Keflavík, where she has lived since 2012. When asked, she says her experience of studying at the preparatory program at the University Centre was good: “My experience of the program was nothing short of brilliant: brilliant teachers everywhere, each and every one of them.” She points out that the University Centre took very good care of the group. “It was also very enjoyable to be part of the first group to finish the program in Ísafjörður and it was a very good preparation for ongoing study,” Sigurbjörg says, adding that she may very well go back into education in the future. “A course in accounting could come in handy.”

Sigurbjörg Benediktsdóttir.
Sigurbjörg Benediktsdóttir.