50th birthday celebration
Yesterday, October 2, current students, alumni and staff of Reykjavik University (RU) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Technical University of Iceland (Tækniháskóli Íslands). The Technical University of Iceland and Reykjavik University merged in 2005.
All former pupils from RU and the Technical University were invited to the birthday celebration, that was held in the Sun, the main university hall. Ari Kristinn Jónsson, president of the university, welcomed guests. Following this, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, the President of Iceland, gave a speech, and then Dagur Eggertsson, the mayor of Reykjavik spoke to the audience.
The University and the future
After the opening ceremony a brief seminar on higher education in Iceland in the present and future was held. The main speaker for the session was Donald Sadoway, a professor at MIT and a pioneer in the development of teaching and teaching methodology. His lecture was called "Sustainable Future - the role of the university." He described the development of new technologies that he works on together with his students at MIT. Donald also spoke about the role of universities; development of new technologies, assistance in formulating regulatory framework and how the business environment can contribute to a more sustainable society.
50th anniversary: a remarkable milestone
The establishment of the Technical College, 50 years ago, led to the beginning of technical education in Iceland, which then developed into a larger scope of technical training that was previously only available abroad. In 2002, the Technical College became the Technical University of Iceland and in 2005 the school was merged with the University of Reykjavik. The merger founded the School of Science and Engineering. Today, the department is the largest in the country and graduates two-thirds of those completing technical training in Iceland.