UW Board Member Becomes a Special Commissioner of Marine Issues

Jóhann Sigurjónsson, director of the Marine Research Institute and longtime board member of UW, has been appointed a Special Commissioner of Marine Issues for the Icelandic government.

Jóhann Sigurjónsson.
Jóhann Sigurjónsson.

Final Exams Underway

The autumn semester final exams are now underway as can clearly be seen on the hallways of the University Centre. The exam period began on November 30 and will conclude on December 18. Distance learning students from most universities in Iceland will take over 200 exams at the University Centre during this period.

Distance learning students are busy studying for the final exams these days. Photo: Ágúst Atlason.
Distance learning students are busy studying for the final exams these days. Photo: Ágúst Atlason.

Seminar on EU and the Arctic Region postponed

Due to unfavorable winds the seminar on the European Union and the Arctic Region sceduled today has been postponed until Monday December 14th. Matthias Brinkmann, Head of the EU Delegation in Iceland, was sceduled to fly in this morning to give his lecture on the EU's perspective on the Arctic Region and the Union's main objectives in the region. As stated above the seminar is sceduled to take place on December 14th and it will be open to all interested.

The American research vessel Knorr by the shores of Greenland. Photograph: Sindre Skrede
The American research vessel Knorr by the shores of Greenland. Photograph: Sindre Skrede

New UW Library Facilities

On Friday, November 13, the University Centre of the Westfjords formally opened new facilities for its university library. Having a special location for the library has been on the agenda for a while now and both students and staff are happy about the result.

Project Manager Pernilla Rein (left) is a librarian and takes care of the library, here she is on the opening day with some Coastal and Marine Managment students.
Project Manager Pernilla Rein (left) is a librarian and takes care of the library, here she is on the opening day with some Coastal and Marine Managment students.

Environmental Issues - Franlkin University Field School

This morning the University Centre welcomed the second field school group from Franklin University Switzerland, an American liberal arts institution located in Lugano. These undergraduate students visit Iceland to participate in a field course, 'Understanding Env Issues: Iceland'. In this course several case studies are used to explore the interdisciplinary nature of today’s environmental issues.

Environmental issues and sustainability is the focus of the field school from Franklin University.
Environmental issues and sustainability is the focus of the field school from Franklin University.

Productive Seminar on Sea Angling Tourism

Saturday‘s seminar on Sea Angling Tourism in Northern-Norway and the Westfjords of Iceland turned out to be a useful platform for discussions between stakeholders in the field and academics. The seminar was held by the University Centre of the Westfjords in cooperation with the Arctic Studies Program.

Speakers along with Sigríður Ó. Kristjánsdóttir, the seminar moderator and Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre.
Speakers along with Sigríður Ó. Kristjánsdóttir, the seminar moderator and Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre.

Stories from the Countryside Education in Rural Areas

On Saturday a new radio show began on the National Public Radio RÚV called Stories from the countryside. The focus of this first show was on education in rural areas. The show visited the University Centre and made an interview with the director Peter Weiss.

Peter Weiss discussed the various education offered at UW on a new show on RÚV this weekend.
Peter Weiss discussed the various education offered at UW on a new show on RÚV this weekend.

Successful CMM Field Trip

On Monday September 1 a new cohort of Coastal and Marine Management masters students went on a field trip to Jökulfirðir (in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve) and Ísafjarðardjúp fjord system. The field trip was a part of the introductory course Iceland’s Environment and Natural Resources that has been ongoing the past couple of weeks.

This year’s cohort is one of the biggest we have seen with 23 students plus one exchange student that joins the group on Monday.
This year’s cohort is one of the biggest we have seen with 23 students plus one exchange student that joins the group on Monday.

The University Centre welcomes distance learning students

The University Centre of the Westfjords would like to invite all distance learning students in the area to an introduction to the services that the University Centre offers. The introduction will take place Thursday September 4th, starting  at 18:00.

Work space at the University Centre
Work space at the University Centre

Icelandic Courses in Full Swing

These days a large number of students are attending the Icelandic Courses at the University Centre of the Westfjors. These courses have been held since 2008 and so this is the eighth year that such courses are on offer. This year there are eight courses on offer, ranging from beginners courses to advanced courses. The number of students is around 80 and the teaching takes place in Ísafjörður, Suðureyri and Núpur in Dýrafjörður.

The group of students that finished their course on Friday with Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre and teacher Ragnheiður Margrét Guðmundsdóttir.
The group of students that finished their course on Friday with Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre and teacher Ragnheiður Margrét Guðmundsdóttir.
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