Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Exchange of Faculty and Students

Since I arrived to Bergen I have been particularly interested in developing international relations between University and Schools (especially in the field of Media and film studies). I have worked since 1994 in all kinds of exchanges between the International Film School of San Antonio EICTV (Cuba) and the University of Bergen. Some years later we managed to signed an agreement with Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. Over the years we have had fruitful results from several Faculty and Student exchanges with these institutions.

The invitation that Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla extended me to their annual event Catedra Europa in April this year has strengthen my desire to develop more exchanges with them.

We have talked about it and made some provisory plans but today we had come a step forward in our goals. The visit of Reidar Østbye the Honorary Consul of Norway in Barranquilla, Colombia to the International Relations Office of the U. of Bergen has taken place and it resulted in a very nice and friendly dialog. A letter of invitation to Jesus Ferro, the Rector of UniNorte is going to be written. A pleasant atmosphere of good will and desire to extend our relations over the Atlantic is floating on the air. It is a wonderful sunny day in Bergen. A sail boat crosses the fjord. Things look promising.


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