WHY CANCELLED? ISS Energy, Environment and Social Change Course

WHY CANCELLED? ISS Energy, Environment and Social Change Course

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Anastasiya Ten started this petition to ISS Energy Course Alumni Network

Dear International Summer School, University of Oslo,

As alumni of the ISS Energy course, directed by Chris Butters for 40 years, we express our great disappointment that this course has been discontinued. With its pioneering, multidisciplinary focus on climate, environment and social change, this extremely successful course is more relevant and important today than ever.

We urge the university to explain the reasons for this action.

We also express strong disappointment that course leader Chris Butters has been retired, at a young age for top academics, also considering that excellent replacements for him are available including several of the top quality course speakers and as suggested by him well before the decision of cancelling the course was taken.

We strongly urge the University of Oslo to reinstate the course, making full use of the experience of Chris Butters, with a suitable new course leader if necessary and with a focus and format similar to that which has been so successfully developed over many years; noting that this petition is not about a person but about the legacy and importance of a unique academic platform.

For 40 years this course has hosted highly qualified participants from no less than 120 countries, many of whom now hold important positions in academia, research, public service and international organisations, dedicated to sustainable development in the world. Given the University of Oslo’s declared focus on the SDGs and Climate issues, it is surprising and regrettable that this course, in particular, should be removed.

The success of the ISS Energy course can be seen in many ways and is expressed by us, the Alumni, who have been deeply inspired by it, and became, as the University surely aspired to, both ISS enthusiasts and ongoing ambassadors for Norway. 

Sincerely,

The ISS Energy Course Alumni.

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