Congratulations to MPP students Harshada Karnik & Erik Sande who were awarded the Smaby Fellowship for study in University of Oslo International Summer School in 2012.
Information about the program, which runs June 23 to August 3, 2012 can be found: http://www.uio.no/english/studies/summerschool/
Philip C. Smaby was proud of both his Norwegian immigrant heritage and his life-long commitment to building global business relationships that encouraged economic stability and supported a more peaceful world. A 1942 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Smaby wished to reflect these deeply held values in a gift to his alma mater to endow a graduate fellowship the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs to inspire and engage students to pursue academic studies at the world-renowned University of Oslo International Summer School in the fields of world peace, social justice, conflict resolution and human rights. A biography of Mr. Smaby can be found at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=119311647.
From the ISS web page:
The ISS is an academic center for learning in an international context, and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. It aims at developing and conveying knowledge and at promoting understanding between people from different cultures. This dual purpose is reflected in the ISS motto: "Six Weeks of Academic Achievement and International Good Will".
The first summer session for English-speaking foreign students at the University of Oslo was organized and held in 1947. It was offered for American students only, as an expression of gratitude for educational opportunities provided for Norwegian students in the USA during and after World War II. In the 1950s the number of non-American students increased steadily, and in keeping with this development, the name of the school was changed in 1958 from the "Summer School for American Students" to the "International Summer School".
Since 1947 more than 26,000 students from more than 150 countries have attended. In recent years the student body each summer has consisted of around 550 students from roughly 90 countries. Through its entire history the ISS has played an important role in the efforts of the University of Oslo to reach out internationally.
University of Oslo
The ISS is proud to be part of the University of Oslo, which is the oldest university in Norway. It was founded in 1811 and is the largest university in the country with a student population of slightly less than 30,000. The Blindern campus is located in pleasant surroundings, ten minutes from the city center by subway-to-surface rails and only minutes away from the lakes and wooded hills of Nordmarka.