Filled with excitement and big expectations thousands of new students flocked to the university campus on Ullandhaug Monday, 15 August.
This autumn UiS welcomes 5000 new students, among them around 600 international students. The first morning in the new academic year all new students were invited to free breakfast. Afterwards, students, employees, and guests filled the big tent at the Fadderfestival area, where soul artist Beharie kicked off the official semester opening ceremony.
The fire of curiosity
Author Tore Renberg was master of ceremony and main speaker. He emphasized the importance of the hungry mind and urged the the students to keep the flame of curiosity alive.
– If we let the flame of curiosity die out, our civilized society will collapse and nothing can stop ignorance and false claims, Renberg said.
Don’t be silent
In his opening speech, rector Klaus Mohn encouraged the students to get involved and express their opinions.
– You are welcome to let yourself be carried away, especially now during the Fadder festival. But for goodness’ sake don't get carried away too much! Stop if necessary. Feel free to be contrary. Stand your ground. Show yourself. Speak out, and don't be silent!
Welcome to Stavanger
Deputy mayor Dag Mossige welcomed the students to the city of Stavanger, a city where openness and diversity are highly valued, and a city of culture and knowledge, surrounded by stunning nature.
– I was once a student studying far from home and am familiar with the expectations and excitement about being in an entirely new location. The best advice I can offer you is to choose to participate in the community around you, deputy mayor Mossige said.
– During your studies, seize every opportunity you can. Explore the unknown. Be curious. Ask critical questions and engage in various arenas. As we like to say here in Stavanger: enjoy yourselves and dare to take chances!
Be part of a supportive student community
Leader of the Student organisation (StOr) Sara Beitz hopes everyone will engage and contribute to a supportive student community at UiS.
– At UiS we have more than 70 student associations and societies. Get involved, you will gain a lot, Beitz said to her fellow students.
Award and Festival
During the semester opening ceremony, Professor Marie Smith-Solbakken received the University Fund’s Presentation and Community Involvement Award for her work with Norwegian oil history, in particular for presenting new insights into the Kielland North-Sea oil platform disaster. President for the enrollment week festival Alva Eide declared the Fadderfestivalen 2022 open, and the ceremony ended with a mini concert with Beharie and band, joined by the Stavanger Student Singers.
Photos: Elisabeth Tønnessen