Best Student Award – Class of 2013 – 2016

Following a poll amongst his fellow students, Bent Martin Dyrdal was elected "Best student, class of 2013–2016". Bent Martin has always been intrigued by technology, thus the Subsea Technology Bachelor Programme at Bergen University College felt like a natural choice for him.

Published: 15 June 2016
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From left: Hans Erik Berge, UTF - Tone Røkenes, Bergen University College - Bent Martin Dyrdal, Best Student Award winner - Erik M. Throndsen, Sparebank 1 SR Bank - Owe Hagesæther, GCE Subsea

Bent Martin Dyrdal received the award "Student of the Year, Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance" at UTC on 14 June.

A Worthy Winner

– Bent Martin is extremely sympathetic and helpful, and very popular with his fellow students. He has shown very good academic skills and is therefore a very worthy winner, says Tone Bergset Røkenes, Assistant Professor and Bent Martin’s study coordinator.

Owe Hagesæther, CEO at GCE Subsea congratulates Bent Martin. – He has really earned this award. In addition to very good grades, he has helped create a good learning environment with focus on solidarity and collaboration,  Hagesæther says.

GCE Subsea and Sparebank 1 SR-Bank established the award in 2010 to contribute to a good study and learning environment. – The Subsea Technology Bachelor Programme has one of the best educational environments in the country, Hagesæther continues.

Intrigued by Science

The happy winner of the award, Bent Martin, grew up in Hafslo in Sogn og Fjordane and already at high school level he chose a path with focus on science. – I have always been interested in, and intrigued by science, and my brother and father inspired me to consider studying something related to petroleum technology. Personally, I thought subsea was an interesting field and therefore I chose the Subsea Technology Bachelor Programme at Bergen University College, says Bent Martin.

He states that his expectations for Bergen University College have all been met, and he has enjoyed the good team spirit in his class and the great mix between professional studies and social interaction in the group.

– I feel that the Subsea Technology Bachelor Programme gives a good foundation for working with underwater technology in general, not only limited to oil and gas, but also with other related fields like marine renewable energy, Bent Martin says.

– Due to the current downturn in the market, I have applied for a Master’s Programme in Industrial Cybernetics at NTNU, hoping that the market will have recovered by the time I finish my Master’s degree.


The title "Student of the Year, Subsea Technology – Operation and Maintenance" 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 NOK 15,000 sponsored by Sparebank 1 SR Bank, as well as honour and glory. The award is presented every year at the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC).

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