Svanhild Ruud, Former Managing Director of ISS, Dies

Svanhild Ruud. Photo: Sissel Drevsjø

Svanhild Ruud. Photo: Sissel Drevsjø

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Mrs. Svanhild Ruud, who worked for the ISS for 36 years. Mrs. Ruud died peacefully on December 6, shortly before her 83rd birthday.

She started her career at the ISS in 1956 as a secretary and gradually took on more responsible positions. She served as managing director for two periods, from 1976 to 1978 and from 1986 until her retirement in 1992.

Mrs. Ruud worked dedicatedly to develop the ISS into an institution of international reputation. She established links between the ISS and prominent experts in different fields to raise and secure the academic standard of the courses. She also worked hard to offer a comprehensive program of social and cultural activities to the students. The ISS still benefits from her endeavors in building the ISS alumni network.

At her retirement, she was awarded the St. Olav Medal by King Harald V for her outstanding efforts to make Norway known abroad, and also to strengthen links between Norwegian emigrants and their native country.

Source: Oslo International Summer School

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