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Winner of the 2010 student blog competition is…

It was difficult choosing a winner this year, given the quality of entries,  but a winner of the Hedda 2010 Blog Competition has been chosen.

However, before we announce the winner we must also thank all of the students who submitted a blog entry, as all of the entries were highly entertaining and creative.

Now to the winner of this year´s competition…1000 NOK prize goes to…

Zhao Chenlong (China), first year Hedda student!!!!!

His post is as follows:
I have included three pictures. I took them at different points in time since my arrival in Oslo. The first one called “Human Activity” which expresses dynamic action regarding two boys enjoying their swimming. The lake in the picture is near my apartment.

The second picture is my favorite one, called “Human and Landscape”. Two seniors were sitting on the long enjoying the gorgeous landscape. They are observing at different sceneries: sky, cloud, boats, trees, mountain, sea as well as buildings and lawn, which compose the whole scene. The human and landscape are harmonious. This picture was taken from the island near Oslo city, therefore it also reflects what Oslo looks like to me.

The third photograph is of my university. That old area is special in my eyes, and I think I am the kind of fan of the old buildings. The image I captured, I believe, is the most beautiful place at our university.

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The following video gives me the chance to share my life in Norway with you. It includes pictures and videos which I took during last three months. I think I had experiences to tell my short story.  So, what you watch is all the things I had done. Last but not least, hopefully all of you enjoy it:

See this year’s runner-up entries…

4th Annual Hedda Student Blog Competition. WIN 1,000 NOK!

2010 Hedda blog CompetitionCalling all Hedda master degree students in higher education!

Here’s your chance to share your story and get paid to do it (if you are the winner!) All you have to do is submit a 200-500 word short blog entry (your story) along with photos and/or YouTube video by November 1, 2010 and you will be entered to win 1,000 NOK (Norwegian Kroner).  All entries will be posted on the Hedda blog.

For more information on how to win…

Here are samples of what your fellow students have produced in the past…

Blog Competition Winner for 2009!

A winner of the Hedda 2009 Blog Competition has
been chosen by a jury of Master’s students at the University of Oslo.
However, before we announce the winner we must also thank all of the
students who submitted a blog entry, as all of the entries were highly
entertaining and creative:

    Now to the winner of this year´s competition…1000 NOK prize goes to…

    Alicia Betts and Norbert Sabic, Second Year HEEM Students!!!!!

    Congratulations Alicia and Norbert!
    Please contact
    Kristi Barcus in order to collect your winnings 🙂

    2009 Hedda Blog Competition Entry #7

    Tdai’s Story
    Erasmus Mundus
    HEEM Graduate, 2006-2008

    Having been an Erasmus Mundus student is one of valuable moments in my life. Lots of things passed my life during my studies in Europe. Many experiences have been added to and broadened my perceptions and perspectives towards things. My Master’s Degree study in Europe – University of Oslo, Norway; University of Tampere, Finland; The University of Aveiro, Portugal – would have not come true without the support of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship. The academic, social and cultural knowledge gained from this programme has embedded in me.

    Besides a strong academic support from this programme, witnessing different worlds of different cultures is remarkably unique. Having had friends from different nationalities and various parts of the world, and having studied in three different universities is awesome, both academically and culturally. My friends learned how to understand my stubborn and childish personality. On the other hand, I learned how to socialize with my friends who came from different all walks of life.

    2009 Hedda Blog Competition Entry #6

    HEEM Places, People and Fun!
    By: Jelena Brankovic and Nino Pataraia

    This entry is not about HEEM studies. It is about the fun part of our HEEM time and what it takes to have it. One of the questions I often get from friends, relatives and other people I bump into here and there is “which one do you prefer, Oslo or Tampere?” Frankly speaking, I don’t have a clue. Maybe if the question was something like where did you have more fun, in Oslo or in Tampere it would be easier to reply – Tampere. Not because Tampere in itself offers more fun than Oslo, but because Tampere came at a different point of our HEEM experience. It is not that much about the city or the country, but it is more about the people and how they interact and evolve, both individually and as a group.

    In Oslo we were all new to each other, everything was new to all of us (with a few exceptions to this), the group was bigger, we were not only HEEM, but also MPhil and NOMA students, the programme was more intense, there were more assignments and exams, and we were all kind of more lost and confused than later in Finland. When we eventually managed to settle down a bit, and establish some sort of rhythm, daily routine and whereabouts, it was time to leave. When I arrived in Tampere in January it was much easier for me to get around, although the city was as new to me as Oslo was when I arrived there. I knew exactly what I had to do, where to go, and which problems might pop up, but I also knew that my friends were there as well and that they were going through the same, and, believe me, this means a lot. Especially when you bear in mind that it is Finland you have arrived to, meaning the temperature is -10 degrees on average, days are rather short and sunlight is a highly appreciated rarity, which can be rather depressing (but after some time we learned about the other side of Finland in winter which is far more charming than we thought). And not to remain unjust to Oslo, I feel that if we had first come to Tampere and then went to Oslo we might have liked our time in Oslo better.

    2009 Hedda Blog Competition Entry #5

    The Long Journey Back to Where I Started
    By: John Fowler, Second Year HEEM Student
    CHE Building.jpgI have been very fortunate to have been given a unique opportunity to spend our “thesis semester” outside of the normal triad of the Universities of Oslo, Tampere, and Aveiro which make up our program. As a result, thanks to the work of Prof. Peter Maassen and the valuable connections to other higher education research centres provided through our program’s involvement in Hedda, I am spending this semester based at the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE )in Germany. In addition to having two members of the CHE as my thesis advisors, I am also gaining valuable practical experience through working 3-4 days a week in an internship capacity.

    This opportunity is particularly valuable to me since among their many activities, CHE is highly involved in my general research area: university rankings. CHE is among the most respected ranking organisations in the world, and their philosophy which focuses on multi-dimensional disciplinary level evaluation and ranking groups rather than numerical ranking positions of entire higher education institutions (HEIs) is hailed as a best practice in the
    rankings industry. CHE has been involved in ranking German HEIs since 1998, and their CHE University Ranking now also includes HEIs in some neighbouring countries (e.g. Austria,
    Switzerland, Netherlands). In addition, an initiative started in 2007, the CHE Excellence Ranking has an even wider scope and is a “Ranking of Excellent European Graduate
    Programmes.” The first round of the Excellence Ranking evaluated graduate programs in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. The next round which is currently underway, is evaluating Economics, Political Science, and Psychology programs. These international elements make the CHE an ideal location for me as well since my more specific research interest is in regards to the impacts of rankings on the choice of HEIs by international students.

    2009 Hedda Blog Competition Entry #4

    My Japanese Experience
    By: Antonio Romeral

    For those who love intensive life, who have an open mind and no fears to meet, share and learn from others Erasmus Mundus program’s life is a walk in the garden!!! Mine started in Oslo then Tampere, after that a fantastic summer in Oberlin University in Japan from there directly to Aveiro and now back to the sun rise land. While I was in Norway and got to know about the chance to go to Japan my goal was set up: to go to discover something really special, exotic, different and for me ¨Unique¨.

    antonio2.jpegJapan gives you many things, but let me go further than what everyone says about the contrast between its old culture and the modern society, the technology, the hard workers with one week holidays a year and do not forget which one of the hardest university entrance examination process. Japan is more than that, welcoming people, but as the same time fearful from foreigners, politely and respectful. Young people being interested in what is happening abroad and struggling to speak English to fulfill their curiosity, kids that cannot avoid looking at my blue eyes and western appearance of a Spanish guy!!!

    2009 Hedda Blog Competition #3

    But What Does HEEM Mean?
    By: Alicia Betts and Norbert Sabic, Second Year HEEM Students
    Words acquire meanings with time and use. Meanings have literal significations as well as connotations. These connotations can come from a group of people who use the term in a specific context and which add a certain meaning to the term. With this in our minds we would like to discuss the various meanings that the word ‘HEEM’ has today, for us, and some related words that have developed from it. 

    Firstly, we must mention some literal meanings for the word ‘HEEM’. It is the acronym for European Master in Higher Education.  It was used for the first time in 2004 with the creation of the Erasmus Mundus master program in higher education of the University of Oslo, the University of Tampere and the University of Aveiro and coordinated by Prof. Peter Maassen. Literally it also means a master program that provides very good scholarships for non-European students, and some (four) good scholarships for Europeans from the Hedda consortium.  HEEM is an academic (and social) journey around Europe (Oslo – Brussels – Tampere – Aveiro) for a lucky group of students that ‘only’ have to take exams, write papers and read a lot on higher education to be in the group and be able to travel. In addition, for European students it also means an opportunity to discover a little bit of the world outside Europe, first through all the fantastic non-European colleagues and secondly through some extra money provided by the European Union to spend a short time in either Japan or Australia. Last but not least, it is an experience that will remain with us for life.

    According to Burton Clark (1983), sagas encourage individual identification with an institution, a group or any kind of organism. The HEEM master program provides students with its own unique saga from the very first moment. This heem saga has some common elements from class to class (oral exam, papers, deadlines, Burton Clark, etc.), and some unique elements which come from each group.

    2009 Hedda Blog Competition Entry #2

    I am loving it!
    By: Ada Leung, a second year HEEM student studying in Aveiro.

    On the 14th February, 2009 (the Valentine’s Day), without any lover to celebrate with me, I decided to celebrate the festival myself.

    After breakfast, I rushed to the train station, getting the train to Coimbra. The weather was so good that deserved me to spare a short day trip for an afternoon. Coimbra is a city in between Aveiro and Fatima, Portugal. It is about 50 km from Aveiro. The regional slow train took nearly an hour to bring me there.

    The city is really amazing, very beautiful. There is actually one thing in my mind that makes me come. A picture is more than a thousand words. See the below pictures and you will understand.

    Guess what is this place?  A palace, right?

    clip_image.jpgGet the answer?
    Believe it or not, it is a university!

    It is the University of Coimbra, the oldest university in Portugal, and one of the oldest in Europe. The university was founded in 1290 by King Dinis in Lisbon. However, it moved between Lisbon and Coimbra in 1537, with new curricular and teaching staff. The University now has seven faculties – Law, Letters, Medicine, Sciences and Technology, Pharmacy, Economics, Psychology and Education.

    2009 Hedda Blog Competition Entry #1

    Erasmus students in our own country!

    By: Inês Proença & Sara Diogo, Second Year HEEM Students

    We are probably the only people, so far, being Erasmus Mundus students at the university where we both graduated. Actually we are friends since the beginning of our bachelor. After working for some time, we decided to apply together for this adventure which would change our lives. Unlike our non-European colleagues, the process since we applied till we were formally accepted was very quick. Indeed, we hardly had time to realise what happened until we were in Oslo!


    Everything was so amazing! We were mesmerised by everything, since the very beginning with the reception at Voksenasen, in Oslo. For us, it was the first time we studied certain topics related to higher education, such as management, governance, history. Clark was a good help! The opportunity to discuss ideas with colleagues from all over the world (even countries that we didn’t really know much about, like Vanuatu…) and to know more about their higher education systems was priceless. Indeed, more than colleagues we all became very good friends and call ourselves “HEEM family” J In the first semester, we had a very nice trip to Brussels, organised by our class representatives. It was very interesting for us, as higher education students, to know more about the activities of the European institutions related with education. But Oslo was just the beginning. We had some more countries to explore! The next one was Finland. We arrived there when it was almost always night and we left when it was almost always day. One could say that for us, it was an experience built in extremes. Coming from southern Europe, it is not very common to us to swim in a frozen lake. In the beginning we were so afraid of having a thermal shock, but now we wish we were there relaxing in the sauna! In Finland the HEEM family got closer and almost everyone lived in the same place: Lukonmäki.