- NMBU’s ambitions are impressive and deeply important, and it’s bold to pursue a position as the university for sustainability. NMBU can succeed at this because of its strong academic hubs and how the university is working together with its surroundings. The goals are explicit and challenging and require everyone to do their best together. I am very much looking forward to leading this work and to strengthening NMBUs position and contribution to society together with colleagues and students, says Rice.
- Knowledge is key
In 2015 Rice was appointed rector at Oslo and Akershus University College. During his leadership the institution gained university status and changed names to Oslo Metropolitan University. Rice is a professor in linguistics, and from 2002 he was the founding director of Centre for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics at The University in Tromsø. In 2008 he was appointed prorector at UiT. Since 2018 he has chaired the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research.
- Through these and other experiences, I have become seriously dedicated to research and higher education as a foundation for the development of society. Because of this, I am thrilled to become rector at a university with the professional scope to contribute heavily in solving humanity’s greatest challenges, says Rice.
Realization of the co-location in Ås
- The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is finally co-located with the rest of the university at Campus Ås. During the next period, NMBU will start its important work on realizing the benefits of the co-location in terms of resources and academic possibilities. NMBU has been assigned a great and explicit social mission; To realize the potential and execute the political expectations that form the basis of the decision to move the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to Ås and invest in a modern and future-oriented building. This calls for determination and clear internal priorities, and not least of all purposeful cooperation with partners at Campus Ås and elsewhere. The groundwork is laid for further interdisciplinary ventures, which supports NMBUs ambitions for sustainable development. Rice’s background and experience shows that he is capable of executing major extensive development projects and improving a large academic institution at the same time. Rice’s predecessors have laid a solid groundwork for NMBUs strategic mission. Rice is the right person to lead NMBU as we take our next big and important steps, says chair Siri Hatlen.
Thanks to outgoing rector Sjur Baardsen
- On behalf of the entire board I would like to give out a big thank you to rector Sjur Baardsen who took on the responsibility when Mari Sundli Tveit resigned in the middle of her last term. Sjur has been a steady and reliable leader for NMBU during almost two years – a period characterized by the pandemic and extensive work related to the completion of the new building and the co-location of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Ås, says Hatlen.