Welcome to the new SUM students!
What are the local and global challenges we face in creating a more sustainable world? This is one of the overall questions our new students will explore.
The students enrolled in this year's master's programme come from thirteen different countries, including Ghana, USA, Mexico, Peru, Iran, Nepal, Romania, Swaziland, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, Hungary and Norway.
This week, the new SUM master's students have been welcomed by the staff and faculty at Nydalen, and have started getting to know each other through social events with their second year Buddies.
This is a particularly interesting year to be a student at SUM, as we will be making major revisions to our master's programme. It is now even more timely and up-to-date on current research, and the integration of research with teaching has been enhanced. We have also increased the job relevance of the programme, both through our internship module, and by amping up teaching of advanced academic skills, says Kristian Bjørkdahl, director of SUM's master's programme.
The aim of the master's degree Development, Environment and Cultural Change (DECC) is to provide students with knowledge and critical insights into the socio-cultural, political and scientific challenges of achieving sustainable development at both the local and global level.
We are excited to welcome the students to our new location in Nydalen! We think the new facilities will be inspiring to both the students and the teaching staff, as well as bringing the teaching even closer to the center's research activities, says programme coordinator Anne-Line Sandåker.
Christina Tamang and Sindre Cottis Hoff have just arrived at SUM and are ready to begin their first master’s courses next week. They both emphasize the challenges related to sustainability in the world today as a main motivation for studying at SUM.
Sindre from Norway holds a BA degree in political science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He also has extensive international experience, from studying at the National Autonomous University in Nicaragua and at the University of California, Berkeley, in addition to conducting an internship at the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok. Sindre is now looking forward to spending time at SUM in Nydalen.
I find the small and close-knit environment of SUM especially appealing. It seems to be a good place for both personal and academic growth, says Sindre.
Christina from Nepal holds a BSc. degree in biology with a minor in environmental science and psychology from the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh. During her studies, she was able to develop her skills in and interest for interdisciplinary research, combining subjects from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, she also became interested and engaged in humanitarian work. After her studies, she worked for several years in the NGO sector of Nepal.
During my time at SUM, I look forward to learning more about the methods that can be used to come up with sustainable solutions, says Christina.
We wish Christina, Sindre and the rest of the students welcome to SUM!