Season’s greeting from the Rector

By Øystein Thøgersen, rektor

19 December 2019 15:44

Season’s greeting from the Rector

Dear Alumni – we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Rector Øystein Thøgersen. Photo: Hans Jørgen Brun
Rector Øystein Thøgersen. Photo: Hans Jørgen Brun

2019 is coming to an end – and it has been a year with more alumni activities than ever before. There have been more events and activities both in Norway and abroad.

The Alumni Conference in Oslo had an attendance record for both the day- and the evening programme. Gathering 600 alumni was very gratifying, but the long-term goal is to keep on growing. One day we will fill Oslo Spectrum!

We have organised events in several new places this year. Singapore, New York, Trondheim and Stavanger are new additions. Of course, we have also been in the established “NHH-cities”: Bergen, Oslo, London and Paris.  

A new concept has been “Visiting alumni..” where alumni have opened the doors to their own companies. In 2019, we visited Norwegian Rain in Paris, De Bergenske, Salto of Norway and Avo Consulting. Please contact us if you would like to invite NHH alumni to your company!

Another milestone in 2019 has been piloting the first mentor programme with 24 pairs made up of an alumn and a student working together for six months. We also repeated the success of mentor-for-one-day in the Welcome Week in August. We need mentors for both these projects in 2020, so let us know if you are interested.

NHH are proud to note a nice advancement on three of the Financial Times rankings, and as always NHH has the highest ranked full-time master’s programme in the country. These rankings are especially important as a tool to increase awareness abroad. The most important contribution from you is to answer and submit the questionnaire from FT when you receive it approximately three years after graduation. Every reply is important to NHH!

“Together for sustainable value creation” is NHH’s new mission statement and this is something we will strive to fulfil. I emphasize the importance of “together”.  Faculty and staff at NHH alone make up a research institute. Together with students, business and society – and of course our many alumni – we all contribute to make NHH a powerful institution. An institution we can all be proud of.

The Campus in Bergen is currently undergoing a rehabilitation process where the buildings from 1963 are being totally renovated. When the project is finished 1 January 2021, we will have new and modern learning arenas better suited to today’s requirements when it comes to participant-centered education. Among other things, we will increase the use of case-based teaching.

We thank all alumni for following us in 2019. We also thank those who have participated and contributed to our different events, those who have volunteered as mentors, companies co-hosting events and members of the alumni board.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!