Students learn about aquaculture on site

“I did not realize the scale of this” said Katrina Lang from Estonia, one of the participants on the University Centre’s field course on Innovation in Aquaculture after a visit to the hatchery in the innermost Tálknafjörður. The aquaculture branch’s volume and the massive investments were something that “you have to see it to believe” to quote another participant.

The group of participants on the Innovation in Aquaculture field course.
The group of participants on the Innovation in Aquaculture field course.

Possibilites in distance learning at university level

Spring graduates from junior colleges throughout the country are now contemplating the next steps towards higher education. To many distance learning might be an option, especially for those who are not ready to move away from home or are for some reason unable to attend schools in other parts of the country. This week the University Centre of the Westfjords is introducing the various services the Centre has to offer for distance learning students.

Distance learning students and students of CMM with Peter Weiss, director of the UW Centre and  Stefáni B. Sigurðsson, former rector of University of Akureyri during graduation from the UW June 17th 2012.
Distance learning students and students of CMM with Peter Weiss, director of the UW Centre and Stefáni B. Sigurðsson, former rector of University of Akureyri during graduation from the UW June 17th 2012.

New Climate Field School group arrives

This morning 17 American university students flew in to Ísafjörður to participate in a field school by the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont USA. As a part of their university studies the students will spend spring semester studying in Ísafjörður and other places of Iceland as well as in Greenland.

During the past ten summers the University Centre of the Westfjords and the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont, USA, have engaged in a successful collaboration. The Centre has welcomed a new SIT renewable energy field school group each summer. In 2012 the collaboration was extended as homestays were introduced and have been offered to SIT students since.

The SIT students at their arrival at the University Centre this morning.
The SIT students at their arrival at the University Centre this morning.

Diploma in Preschool Teacher Education

In cooperation with the University Centre and Ísafjarðarbær Municipality, The University of Iceland is interested in offering better access to the distance learning program for a diploma in Preschool teacher education in the Westfjords.

Sólborg one of the preschools in Ísafjörður.
Sólborg one of the preschools in Ísafjörður.

Sustainable Transitions Workshop

Last week researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, Southern Connecticut State University and the University Centre of the Westfjords met at the University Centre for a workshop focused on identifying research opportunities related to sustainability transitions in the coastal zone.

The group that participated in the Sustainable Transitions Workshop.
The group that participated in the Sustainable Transitions Workshop.
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Seeking host families for American field school students

The University Centre of the Westfjords is now seeking host families in the Ísafjörður area willing to invite American university students  to stay in their homes for three weeks, beginning next month.

The students are participating in a field school organized by the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont in cooperation with the University Centre. This is the fifth year  the Centre is a mediator for the housing of the SIT students coming to Iceland, mainly in the summertime. So far it has been successful and the students have returned to their home with a better knowledge of Icelanders and  their culture.

The students arrive for the home stay in the Ísafjörður area on February 20th and they leave March 13th

For further information on the project please go here or contact Pernilla Rein, project manager at the University Centre, tel. 820-7579 or pernilla@uw.is. Also there is a Facebook group for the project:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SITfjolskyldurVetur2017/

SIT students in fall of 2016 in Kaldalón by Ísafjarðardjúp. The glacier Drangajökull in the background.
SIT students in fall of 2016 in Kaldalón by Ísafjarðardjúp. The glacier Drangajökull in the background.

Coastal Erosion Master‘s Project in the News

Coastal and Marine Management student Brian Gerrity is currently working on his master’s thesis on solutions to fight coastal erosion in his home town of Half Moon Bay in California. Last week the local paper Half Moon Bay Review did a piece on his work and the coastal erosion problems that threaten the area.

Brian Gerrity in Ísafjörður spring 2016. Photo: Kristin Weis.
Brian Gerrity in Ísafjörður spring 2016. Photo: Kristin Weis.

One Week Icelandic Crash Course

This week six students have attended the one week Crash Course in Icelandic language offered at the University Centre. The course has been offered in January the past few years but it is also on offer in May and August.

Students and teacher Ólöf Bergmannsdóttir during class.
Students and teacher Ólöf Bergmannsdóttir during class.

Call for papers for a Conference on the Cruise Ship industry in Iceland

The University Centre of the Westfjords is now preparing an interesting conference that will take place in Edinborgarhúsið in Ísafjörður April 3rd-4th 2017. There, speakers and other participants will try to shed light on the question „Where is the cruise ship industry in Iceland heading?“ The industry is one of many fast growing branches within Icelandic tourism and the harbor of Ísafjörður is the third largest host of cruise ships in the country, following Akureyri second and Reykjavík first.

At the conference scholars, institutions, politicians, tourist companies and local people will bring their views to the table and discuss the next steps that should be taken with sustainability in mind.

We are now calling for papers. Those interested in participating with a lecture please send an abstract to Birna Lárusdóttir, birna@uw.is  project manager at the UW Centre no later than January 15th 2017. Each lecture is about 20 minutes in length and the abstract should be no longer than 200 words. Further information can be obtained with Birna at the same e-mail or mobile 896-3367.

Call for papers for a conference on cruise ships held by the UW Centre in Ísafjörður April 3rd-4th 2017.
Call for papers for a conference on cruise ships held by the UW Centre in Ísafjörður April 3rd-4th 2017.

Exams begin and Lunch lectures take a break

The yearly December exam period at the University Centre offically starts tomorrow. Due to that the weekly Lunch lectures on Fridays take a break through the remainder of the year. The first lecture of the new year will take place Friday January 13th.

Around one hundred students, who are working on their university studies through distance learning, receive services through the University Centre this year. Of those at least half is undergoing exams this December, anywhere from one to seven exams. According to schedule the last exam will take place on Friday December 16th.

The University Centre by Suðurgata in Ísafjörður. Photo: Ágúst G. Atlason.
The University Centre by Suðurgata in Ísafjörður. Photo: Ágúst G. Atlason.
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