Tuesday 5. July 2011

SIT field student group visits the University Centre

For the fifth year in a row, students from the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont, USA now visit the University Centre. The group will spend two weeks in the Westfjords and their stay is part of an almost summer-long course, Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics in Iceland, which takes place at the School for Renewable Energy Science (RES) in Akueyri, in Reykjavik and here in the Westfjords. Academic Director and responsible for the course is Caitlin Wilson, MSc, who was also in charge last year. Þórður Guðmundsson, master‘s student of Environment and Natural Resources Studies at the Univeristy of Iceland is her assistant together with Julia Brenner, programme intern.


The students will get a number of lectures and introductions while staying here. The Westfjord Power Company will introduce its activites and there will also be other lectures as well as field trips in connection with their studies. An introduction to the history and the culture of the region is also included in their stay. Here focus is on the Saga of Gísli the Outlaw, and the students are introduced to the saga with a lecture, as well as a play and a hike in the saga settings.


At the end of the group´s stay, on July 15, there will be an open lecture where the students will present the findings from individual research assignments that they are required to complete. The exact time for this lecture will be announced later.


The SIT group on a tour around Ísafjörður, here at the Westfjords Heritage Museum.
The SIT group on a tour around Ísafjörður, here at the Westfjords Heritage Museum.