Of the 309 master students, representing 38 nationalities, more than four out of ten come from other countries than Norway - the largest groups being students from Indonesia, Russia and Pakistan.
"This international mix has apparently been an inspiration in your studies and I believe that in addition to representing an excellent and versatile work force you possess the capability to create new jobs and new technologies yourselves" the dean said.
The venue Tjodhallen was teeming with friends, family and staff as the students received their diplomas individually.
"The qualifications that you have earned through your studies here in Stavanger hold a high international level and will certainly be attractive for a number of different companies and organisations in Norway as well as abroad" said Bø.
"I am confident that our computer engineers will facilitate a smarter future with improved IT and health care solutions. I trust that our petroleum engineers will ensure that oil and gas will be produced in a sustainable manner for years to come and that our offshore engineers will also create new activities within fish farming and renewable energy systems" he said.
Bø also expects urban planners and civil engineers from the university to contribute to improved city infrastructure, and that the mathematicians, physicist and chemists will furnish future generations with fundamental knowledge.
"Quite a few of you have in fact already showed your capability to be innovative, to be able to compete and even set up companies yourself, be it the UiS Subsea group competing with self-built mini subs in international competitions, the ION racing group constructing electric racing cars or students collaborating with NASA on solutions for drilling on Mars.
I will also use this opportunity to congratulate our Petroleum students who won the European Petrobowl knowledge championship in competition with 22 other Universities and who will represent Europe in the upcoming world championship in Dubai" said Bø.
"If you want to become a great engineer - go find a big problem and solve it, was industry founder and investor Sjur Svaboe’s advice to the students in his commencement speech. With examples from his own career he stressed that problems always represent opportunities, and reminded the audience that flying, landing on the moon and the ongoing solar powered global flight all have been considered to be impossible projects.
You have an obligation to practice your knowledge and skills" Svaboe emphasized.
During the master ceremony professor Sudath Chaminda Siriwardane at the Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science received the “Best master level lecturer award” - a diploma and 25.000 Norwegian Kroner – for his outstanding performance.
Vlad Haukelid was awarded the Tekna student award 2016 and ABB Robotics was awarded the Tekna educational award.
Master students Yasir Irfan, Trygve A. K. Kjørslevik and Håkon Sunde Bakka were awarded Repsol Energy Best Student Award for their excellent academic performance.
Goedele Taveirne from the Department of music and dance performed on the grand piano.
Text and photos: Lars Gunnar Dahle
(Article first published 17 June 2016)