Be part of a historical election!
Johanna and Mario are the first candidates from the faculty of KMD running for the office of the university board! Our goal is a more modern, high tech and forward-thinking university which meets the needs of both today’s students as well as the digitized generations to come.
Mario de la Ossa
I’m currently pursuing a bachelor in art and have been working with the student democracy to advance my fellow students’ needs and priorities. I’m the leader of “Fagutvalget” at the art academy and have been working closely with both the institute and the elected student representatives at the faculty to make our wishes heard. In a short time I have–together with the rest of the “Fagutvalg”–made important changes, including hiring more student assistants to extend the opening hours of the library, establishing a new student gallery, and integrating our expectations and opinions into the restructuring of the academy.
Through the institute council and with the faculty, I have put into motion processes that will ensure clear understanding of what is expected of professors and workshop leaders in terms of communication, presence at the academy, and time management.
The better we work together, the more productive our day-to-day studies will be, leading to high level mastery of our subjects, while also enjoying our time as students. To achieve this productive cooperation, the university must continually modernize and be effective and quick to establish targeted measures.
Johanna Magdalena Engh
I am currently pursuing a masters degree in Music Therapy. Throughout my years at UiB I have been part of a number of decision-making boards, among others: the Student Board at my faculty of KMD (“Kunstnerisk Studentutvalg”), a student representative at the Faculty Board, and a student representative in the board of the Meltzer Research Fund. In these roles I have always prioritized goals to promote environmentally-focused management, and support for environmentally friendly projects, to improve student well-being, and always to improve communication between students and other University groups. Until now I have pursued these topics at the faculty-level, but other departments of UiB need the same improvements! I will prioritize these topics in the university board.
Tools for effective communication and collaboration across departments at UiB are already available. The sudden and complete change the world underwent in 2020 however demonstrated the need to modernize existing systems and also to implement new digital solutions. Students are often unable to find relevant information and miss important messages regarding their studies. It is critical that employees of UiB are highly skilled at using appropriate tools to reach and inform students quickly, easily, and informatively. When now evolving new standards for every-day life it is important to preserve the good systems we have developed while adapting to new challenges. Effective communication is critical for this; modernizing communication tools is thus one of my most important priorities.