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Morten Kvalvik Won Best Student Award

Photo of winner and awarders
From left: Hans-Erik Berge (DNV GL), Kjell Ivar Bruvik (Sparebank 1 SR-Bank), Tone Røkenes and Morten Kvalvik (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences), Owe Hagesæther (GCE Ocean Technology).

Following a poll among his fellow students, Morten Kvalvik, from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, has been elected "Best Student, Subsea Technology - class of 2016 –2019".

Morten was handed the award "Best Student - Subsea Technology" at the Icebreaker event during the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) in Bergen, 11 June.

Who is Morten

Morten is 24 years old and comes from the Stavanger area. He went to Gand high school where he specialized in sports. Morten has a military background and served in the Stridstren Battalion based in Bardufoss; where he also was a sports instructor.

– During my childhood I was very interested in physics and how things was connected, which gave path to an engineering education. This was fundamental for my decision to choose subsea technology. The study programme gave me a lot of experience especially when it comes to the practical field. During my three years, we had a lot of cooperation with local industry which I see as being most important, says Morten.

Moreover, Morten has been a very social person over the three years he has been at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and has participated in extra-curricular activities that has been taking place outside the University. He thinks that is perahps, the most important place to build good relations with fellow students and others.

Worthy Winner

– Morten is a deserving prize winner. In addition to very good grades and his dedicated attitude, he has also shown great academic skills and an open-minded personality, says Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Ocean Technology who together with SpareBank 1 SR-Bank established the award to contribute to a good study- and learning environment.

– One of his main strengths is that he is always seeking results he can be proud of. However, the most important skill is that Morten is a very caring person who always has a positive attitude when it comes to situations both in a social and an academic context. He is a very worthy winner of this price, says Tone Tone Røkenes, Assistant Professor and Morten’s study coordinator at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL). She has followed Morten for three years.

– Morten has been a student assistant in mathematics over a number of semesters. This position shows that Morten was very helpful and dedicated to his study programme. When he had this role, he demonstrated an excellent report with his fellow students and the lecturers were very happy with his work, Tone concludes.

Contact Information

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Kai Stoltz

Best Student Award

The award "Best Student, Subsea Technology" is granted to a student that has demonstrated excellent academic results and stood out by contributing to the community and helping develop professional and social aspects of the programme.

The award consists of a diploma and 15,000 Norwegian Kroner sponsored by SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, as well as honour and glory.

The award is presented every year at the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC).