First class of ITEPS graduates

ITEPS graduates. Photo.
From left: Nanthikarn Khetcharatsaeng, Ina Ruckstuhl, Linnea Tainter, Sofia Kukkula, Kata Nemeth, Elisa Lehtonen.

The first class of International Teacher Education for Primary Schools (ITEPS) has graduated from USN. The ITEPS program is a four-year teacher education fully in English, aiming to educate teacher for international schools all over the world.


On 22nd of May staff, administration, friends and family gathered to celebrate the first graduates at campus Drammen. 

Tone Strøm, department head of the Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies, led the celebration. She thanked the pioneering ITEPS class on behalf of the university and faculty. This first group of students has been actively engaged in developing and improving the programme, to the benefit of future ITEPS students and staff. She reminded the students that the life of a teacher is a journey of lifelong learning and of responsibility for future generations:

“In spite of all this, and in spite of your graduation, you have just started your professional development. As teachers, you will have to embrace the concept of lifelong learning, to keep abreast with the future. You six are now ready to take the first steps of your professional journey, a journey that will hopefully last until you retire approximately 50 years from now after teaching generations of children all over the world, and making a difference for them all.”

USN congratulates the first graduates from ITEPS and wish them all the best of luck for the future!