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My story - Curt Rice

Published: July 30, 2017

Image from Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus

I was on staff at Skogfjorden for 3 years, when I worked as credit facilitator in the early 1990s. Tove and I had been hanging out together for a few years. Well, actually, we got married in 1989 and we were going to move to Norway (for a year!) in 1991. I had been working to learn a bit of Norwegian and spending a summer at Skogfjorden helped push me forward on that goal as well as letting me work with some great teachers in the credit program.

That one year that we were going to spend in Norway has -- as of today, in 2017 -- turned into 26 years and my entire career has happened there. I’ve worked in higher education all this time, first at what was then called the University of Trondheim, from 1991-1993, then at the University of Tromsø from 1993-2015 and then at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences since 2015. In that most recent job, I’m the president of the institution, and as a piece of trivia you might like to know that this was the first time ever in the history of Norway that a non-Norwegian has been at the helm of an institution of higher education. Needless to say, that would not have been possible without fluency in Norwegian and a fairly advanced degree of cultural comprehension. That cultural knowledge is something that one can start acquiring at Skogfjorden and for those who don’t choose to live in Norway, it’s at least as important of a take-away as the language skills.