Dr. Olafur E. Sigurjonsson, associate professor at the Biomedical Enigineering deptartment at RU School of Science and Engineering, is the new president of the Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials (ScSB).
A dynamic talk on constitutional reform in light of the different purposes of constitutions. The speakers will approach the matter from original perspectives seldom presented in Iceland.
The short talks will end with answers to common question which are posed to the lectures being addressed, namely: “Poetry or Prose: What makes a constitution legitimate?“ At the end of the formal lectures there will be an interactive session with audience members and presenters.
Location: Room V102 at Reykjavik University. The seminar is open to the public.
Thursday October 6th, 9am-12:00 pm GMT in Reykjavik University, Room V102
The objective of this event is to build common interests in the Arctic Ocean, considering drivers and risks of impacts in the Arctic High Seas from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders in an inclusive manner.
Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, former President of Iceland, will address the conference.
The RU MBA programme has been awarded the AMBA accreditation, for the second time. AMBA (Association of MBAs) accredits MBA programmes around the world. The aim of AMBA is to increase the quality of postgraduate business education.
This is the second time the quality of the RU MBA is affirmed by the association. There are around 25 thousand MBA programmes taught world-wide but only 200 or so out of this great number has received the accreditation.
VR Jam will be held at Reykjavik University September 29th - 30th, focusing on all things virtual reality. This is a great opportunity for those interested in this exciting technology to come and collaborate with fellow enthusiasts.
VR Jam is held by Junction and Slush PLAY and hosted by RU in the day preceding the Slush PLAY conference held at Austurbær, September 29th - 30th.
Representatives from Parliament and RU School of Science and Engineering have signed an agreement regarding the development and implementation of an open software that is to be used for recording speeches. The aim is to have a speech analysis system, based on artificial intelligence, functional within two years.
Every semester, the International Exchange Office organises the RU International Day, held in the Sun at lunchtime. It is customary for international students at the University to be present for a chat about their home country and offer some traditional dishes.
The annual IceCTF hacking competition was held on August 12-26 by Reykjavik University and Syndis Information Security Company. The goal of the IceCTF is to raise awareness of security in information technology in a fun way.
The week started with a special orienation programme for both international and Icelandic students. During the two days, RU staff introduced the services available, academic rules and resources and organised a game of orienteering that required the students to venture into the far corners of RU's campus.
It is almost time to start University! RU will host two separate orientation programmes for new international students on August 15th and 16th. There is a separate programme for international students and exchange students.
Dr. Pall M. Rikhardsson is the new Dean of RU School of Business. He will take over the position from dr. Thoranna Jonsdottir on August 15th.
RU graduated 641 students this Saturday at Harpa Concert Hall, 443 undergraduate and 196 graduate. Two students graduated with a PhD degree.
Earlier this spring, the students at RU elected a new administration for their Student Union, most often referred to as SFHR. The Union's president for the 2016-2017 academic year is Rebekka Rún Jóhannesdóttir. Skúli Þór Árnason is vice president, Kristinn Guðmundsson is treasurer, Erna Sigurdardottir is student officer, and Íris Björk Snorradóttir is information officer.
Reykjavik University and the Ministry of Industries and Innovation will for the next two years be involved in an international project with MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that aims to create jobs and promote economic growth in Iceland with innovation.
University of Reykjavik partners, Icelandair Group, Isavia, LS Retail and Fisheries Iceland will provide a total of 24 million krona for research at masters and doctoral level in the academic year 2016-2017. Recently, the joint committee of RU and these partners allocated the abovementioned amount for various research projects of masters and PhD students.
First year students from all academic departments form groups during a three-week session each spring after exams to finish a course in startup and innovation. Last Friday awards were given out for the best ideas and for special consideration to social responsibility.
Reykjavik University, SKY (The Icelandic Computer Association) and SI (Federation of Icelandic Industries) organised the annual Girls in ICT day at RU recently. Around 400 girls from the East of Iceland and the greater Reykjavik area visited RU and nearly 20 tech companies.
Kyle Edmunds is a PhD student in biomedical engineering at RU's School of Science and Engineering. At the prestigious Medicon conference held in Cyprus recently, Kyle received two awards, the MEDICON2016 First Place Honorarium and the Springer Scientific Young Investigator Award. The conference is the largest in Europe in the field of medical and biological engineering and computing.
In 1998 substance use amongst adolescents in Iceland was one of the highest in Europe. By 2015, it was amongst the lowest. Dr. Inga Dora Sigfusdottir, Professor, introduced this twenty year success story at the United Nations General Assembly on the world drug problem in New York last week.
Icelandic musician Valdimar has compiled a list of songs for RU students.
A research-team at Mount Sinai hospital in New York has received great attention recently after proving the effectiveness of a simple, effective way to reduce effects of depression and fatigue for cancer patients. Dr. Heiðdís Valdimarsdóttir is a professor of psychology at Reykjavik University and a part of the Icahn School of Medicine research team at Mount Sinai.
Every year RU rewards three members of staff for outstanding achievements in their fields. The awards are given out in three categories: the RU Teaching Awards, the RU Service Awards and the RU Research Awards. The awards go out to employees who are considered to have excelled in development, research, teaching and service to students.
The annual Science Carousel took place in RU recently. The event is organised by RU in cooperation with a primary school each year. The carousel, named Hringekjan in Icelandic, aims to bring science to life for students in the 9th and 10th grade.
The annual University Open Day, held in Reykjavik University, the University of Iceland and Iceland Academy of the Arts will be held on March 5th 2016 from 12pm till 4 pm.
The winning team of this year's Fisheries Challenge visited Thorfish ltd., the challenge 2016 partner, on Monday. They were greeted by Thorfish staff and management in the town of Grindavík in the South of Iceland and introduced to all aspects of the operation.
According to custom, RU put on a fun and informative show at this year´s UTmessa, an annual show dedicated to the latest in Information Technology (IT). The UTmessa is held in Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík and draws a great crowd each year.
204 students were graduated from Reykjavik University on Saturday. The ceremony took place in Harpa concert hall.
Exchange students will invite students and staff to taste delicacies from their home countries. They will also give information about their home universities for RU students interested in studies abroad.
Marta Serwatko defended her master‘s thesis in biomedical engineering at RU's Department of Science and Engineering last week. In her study she measured the effectiveness of a new method to assess respiratory effort during sleep. Marta was among the young scientists who received a grant from Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland for her research in December 2014 and has already introduced preliminary findings at international conferences.
The Iceland School of Energy (ISE) at Reykjavik University aims to train students in the field of clean energy.
The school offers a unique opportunity to study sustainable energy in close cooperation with leaders in the field of renewable energy.
The Arctic is estimated to hold the world's largest remaining untapped gas reserves and some of its largest undeveloped oil reserves. Developing these resources in the harsh Arctic environment will be complex and challenging and could result in far-reaching impacts. At this seminar, three experienced scholars of international law will examine the remedies available if there is damage to the Arctic environment or the people who live in it.
Hnakkathon – or the Fisheries Challenge – will take place at Reykjavik University 21-25 January. The competition is open to all RU students.
Ari Kristinn Jonsson, rector of Reykjavik University, recently visited Vietnam and South Korea as a member of a delegation for the president of Iceland´s official visit to the two countries.
Tufwane Mwagomba, from Malawi, became the first former student of the United Nations Geothermal Training Programme to defend his MSc thesis at Iceland School of Energy (ISE) in December 2015.
Jack James is a professor in the Psychology Department at RU and the author of a recently published book called “The Health of Populations: Beyond Medicine”. According to Dr. James, healthcare is dominated by strong beliefs that biological understanding is the foundation for promoting health and preventing illness. “What this book shows is that despite the importance of biological understanding, health in all societies is more closely related to behavioural and social factors.”
The MPM Master of Project Management course at RU's School of Science and Engineering was recently awarded a certification by the British Associaton for Project Management, APM.
Two students at RU School of computer Science, Hjalti Leifsson and Johann Orn Bjarkason, are in the middle of their exams. At the same time, they are participating in a massive cross-European research project, breaking ground in the new area of citizen science. So how do two undergraduate students get involved in a project of that scale?
In recent years, HR managers in Iceland have established themselves as a part of the executive management teams in companies and public institutions. It seems that their position has not been compromised in the wake of the financial collapse in 2008. These are among the many conclusions that can be drawn from this year´s CRANET-study conducted by the Research Centre on HRM at the School of Business.
The British Embassy and Reykjavik University, in cooperation with the British-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce and SI - the Federation of Icelandic Industries, hosted a well-attended workshop last Wednesday that addressed questions about how countries can succeed in a digital economy and how government can help to foster good ideas
Magnús Már Halldórsson, professor at RU‘s School of Computer Science, has been elected to serve as a member of the Council of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS). The appointment is for four years.
More and more students come to Iceland, in spite of Iceland´s harsh weather and dark winters. This perplexed a journalist from Reykjavik Grapevine, a monthly newspaper published in Iceland in English. The journalist visited Reykjavik University a few weeks ago and asked some of our students: Who are you and why are you here?
This next Saturday SARU invites you, your family and your friends to join us at the annual Reykjavík University Family day. The program will be from 11 till 14 in the Sun.
To help us in SARU host this wonderful day the board members of the 6 student organisation in our school will be inviting us to various beverages and entertainment. Among other entertainment, the Icelandic Circus will have a show. For you can find further information about the agenda via the Facebook event.
The objective of this event is to identify drivers and risks of impacts in the Arctic High Seas from the perspectives of diverse stakeholders in an inclusive manner.
Time and place: Thursday October 15th at 9am-12:30pm in Reykjavik University, room V101
Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavík University presents a forum on Energy Security in the 21st Century.
The forum brings together leading experts from Harvard, Tufts, MIT, Reykjavik University and Brookings Institution, as well as key local experts from Landsvirkjun, The National Power Company of Iceland, and Landsnet, The National Transmission System Operator of Iceland. The forum focuses on current energy security challenges in isolated areas, with a global perspective.
The forum takes place in room V101 at Reykjavik University, on Thursday, October 15th from 1:30 pm – 4 pm.
Equality days' purpose is to connect and highlight the various angles of; diversity, privilege, the history of suppression, gender equality, power, and discrimination. These topics are open for discussion in order to increase understanding, visibility and stimulate momentum for the many individuals who take an active part in working towards equality.
The annual Reykjavík University Mobility Week will be held September 28th till October 2nd. Its goal is to minimise car usage and enable community responsibility.
This semester, Reykjavik University is launching a series of executive training courses tailored to industry managers and executives in the fishing industry from around the world. Combining expert instructors, hands-on visits, and best practice case studies, the new Iceland School of Fisheries covers the latest developments in management, operations and sustainability within the fishing industry.
Henning Arnór Úlfarsson draws complex math.
Joint research project between Reykjavik University, Icelandic Meteorological Office and ISAVIA aims to enhance aviation safety in Iceland
Scientists at Reykjavik University, the Icelandic Meteorological Office and ISAVIA Ltd. the Icelandic Air Navigation Service Provider have set up a joint research project to improve monitoring of weather phenomena in Iceland. The objective is to enhance airport safety at Keflavík airport, in particular in connection with potential volcanic eruptions in Iceland, by implementing the use of scanning Doppler Lidar observations as a part of the meteorological observational system.
This past month the European Commission announced that Spain is the the first country to launch the Erasmus + master loans. The new loans scheme is a new and ambitious initiative that represents a major step forwards for student mobility in Europe. The scheme aims to fund 200,000 Master student loans by 2020, as part of the EU's objective of 20% of its students being mobile by 2020.
RU School of Business recently gained recognition from the UN for its first progress report in conjunction with the PRME-project. The aim of PRME is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and leadership globally. PRME partner universities are in total 600 from 80 countries.
Reykjavik University plans to build 350 new apartments and single rooms, as well as a kindergarten and housing services to the west of Öskuhlíð in a new “University Garden” development. The plans were agreed by the city council last week and construction is planned to begin next year.
Around one hundred 9th grade girls from schools around Iceland were invited to the University and to the premises of four technology companies in Iceland, to mark "Girls in ICT Day". The aim of the day is to introduce girls and raise their interest in the various possibilities in technology education and careers. The project was join collaboration with Reykjavik University Ský and Samtök Iðnaðarin.
Student presents work on geothermal potential in the Arctic in the Rising Stars Panel with Tufts and Harvard
The Warming of the Arctic Conference was held April 13-14 at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. The 4th annual event brought together professionals from the Arctic Council countries, as well as students from the Iceland School of Energy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Leading a new line of studies in project management and finances with the UN University Geothermal Training Programme
Reykjavik University and the University of Iceland sign cooperation agreement for research in neuroscience
Tomorrow, Saturday February 28th, is University Day and Reykjavik University has an exciting programme open and free to all.
"This is great recognition for our research group and what we stand for and the University of Reykjavík as a whole." Said Inga Dora Sigfúsdóttir, professor at Reykjavik University,
This year's UTmessan was held in Harpa from February the 6th – 7th and was attended by 9,000 guest's.The purpose of the UTmessa is to highlight the importance of information technology and its effects on individuals, businesses and Icelandic society alike.
The 40th Annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop took place in Stanford, California, USA this past January. Students had the opportunity to present their thesis work and represent the Iceland School of Energy in various workshops.
Computer simulations is a fundamental tool of the design process in many engineering disciplines including aerospace engineering. However, although high-fidelity numerical models are accurate, they can be computationally expensive with evaluation time for a single design as long as hours, days or even weeks.
Our international exchange students will offer dishes from their home countries and give information on their home institutions, which our part of our extensive exchange network.
A team of researchers at Reykjavik University have been awarded a series of grants for research in 2015 from Rannís, the Icelandic Centre for Research.
RU Orientation Day January 2015 Exchange students + masters- and doctoral students Thursday, January 8th at 10:00 – 14:00 in Room V-101
Operating as a forum for discussions regarding academic policy, teaching and research and RU´s collaboration with industry. The Council has 10 members representing industry, academia and government.
Reykjavik University signed an agreement with the Tokyo Institute of Technology in November. The agreement relates to research in computer science and includes both student and faculty exchanges, which can be used both for teaching and research, and cooperation in the form of joint research projects.
The famous physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking once said that Intelligent Machines could become the greatest invention of all time – but could possibly also herald the end of mankind. In the AI Festival 2014 the focus was on finding the answers to what lies ahead in this huge growing industry.
Reykjavik University hosts Arctic Energy workshop in collaboration with Tufts, Harvard and the Atlantic Council
On Thursday October the 30th, Reykjavik University hosted a workshop held in association with the Arctic Circle Assembly. The event was a collaboration of the Iceland School of Energy at Reykjavik University, the Harvard Kennedy School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
The Energy Master Plan is an ambitious document which shapes the government's future energy policies and future energy projects, all aiming towards sustainable utilisation of Iceland's natural resources.
Yesterday, October 2, current students, alumni and staff of Reykjavik University (RU) celebrated the 50th 50 ára afmæliAnniversary of the Technical University of Iceland (Tækniháskóli Íslands). The Technical University of Iceland and Reykjavik University merged in 2005.
Dr. Kristinn R. Thorisson, Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science, along with his colleagues published a paper at the conference Intelligent Systems & Agents in Portugal last month. The article won the prestigious "Outstanding Paper" award as the best paper of the conference.
Yesterday, Thursday, September 4, the RU International Day was held in the Sun at Reykjavik University. The aim of the international day is to celebrate all the cultures that come together at RU and to promote the exchange opportunities offered by RU to our students.
This week Iceland School of Energy students attended a talk given by Margrét Arnardóttir, the project manager for wind power for Landsvirkjun, as a part of the conference session. Meet the Energy Industry,which will be a weekly event for students in the MSc programmes at Iceland School of Energy.
This autumn semester has seen the largest group of new students ever to enroll at Reykjavik University. In total 1418 students have enrolled for studies at RU, compared to 1300 in the autumn 2013. This semester also saw a record number of applications to study, more than 2,500 in total were received. This is an 11.3% increase in applications compared to last year.
The School of Business at Reykjavik University is looking for a full time faculty member to join our finance and accounting group. Preferred areas of teaching and research can include: Corporate finance, corporate finance including financial management, portfolio evaluation, international finance, risk management, fixed income analysis, equity analysis and financial markets.
This past Saturday the 14th of June, 507 students graduated from the University of Reykjavik.
A record high of 2,500 students have applied for Autumn 2014 admission to Reykjavik University. Applications jumped by 11.3% over last year. Applications to Iceland School of Energy tripled compared to 2013.
The goal of the Innovation Day was to illustrate the buildup and success of the technical and software industries and to illustrate how sponsors, such as the Technological Development Fund, help to create a strong and positive image for companies in the field by creating awareness and highlighting innovation in various companies.
On Thursday the 15th of May a group of students from Reykjavik University successfully launched a rocket they had developed from Mýrdalssandur. The project entitled "Mjölnir" was created as part of the courseT870-INTE Integrated Project at Reykjavik University on the spring semester of 2014.
This Tuesday from 9:00-12:00, students from RU's Computer Game Design & Development class will be showcasing 10 new games that they made in only 3 weeks time. Come and give them a try!
The Health Technology Day was held at the University for the fourth year running this week. The topic of the day was the clinical use of mathematical modelling for treatment of the heart. The Health Technology day is supported by the Medical Technology Association of Iceland, the University of Reykjavik and the National Hospital of Iceland.
Close to one hundred 8th grade girls from five elementary schools in Iceland were invited by Reykjavik University and four technology companies to take part in the first "Girls and technology" day to be held in Iceland.
One of the most prestigious international negotiation competitions, the Negotiation Challenge (TNC), was held at Reykjavik University from the 11th to 12th of April.
Learn more about the Computer Science MSc programmes along with presentations from current and past students.
Last weeks lecture marathon, which brought together 28 professors delivering six minute lectures, was a great success. If you did not manage to make it to the event you can catch up on-line.
This Friday the University will be hosting the annual Lecture Marathon. In total there will be 28 lectures, each lasting 6 minutes. The event kicks off with the first lecture at 10:15 with the final lecture ending at 15:10 in room M209.
A record number of participants competed this year at the programming competition for secondary schools, held at HR last weekend. The competition had three divisions in which contestants have to solve various programming tasks and puzzles.
The six member team of law students from Reykjavik University has been practising intensely these days for the upcoming international speech competition that will take place in Vienna in early April. They will compete in international arbitration law and international credit purchases.
The contest will be held at Reykjavik University over the weekend of March 21-22. The programming contest is a competition open for all students in secondary school who are interested in design, programming and computers.
The University will be holding an Open Evening in English on March 5th, for the International Community living in Iceland, to present our programmes. Reykjavik University has over 20 graduate programmes taught in English in the fields of business, computer science, and engineering and sustainable energy studies.
The Master of Clinical Psychology will begin at Reykjavik University (RU) in August and is accredited by the Ministry of Education in Iceland and satisfies the requirements in Icelandic law for practising as a psychologist.
At a ceremony on Thursday, sixty two students from all four departments at RU were recognised for their academic achievements last semester.
The careers fair held at Reykjavik University yesterday was the 20th time AIESEC, the international students organisation, has held this event.
Reykjavik University invites applications for two faculty positions at the rank of an assistant professor in SCS and for one academic position in Psychology.
This past week Reykjavik University welcomed forty-five undergraduate students from the US, who came to Iceland to learn about and experience renewable energy.