Finnmark and Arkhangelsk signs university cooperation
Marks the beginning of a partnership in educational and exchange programs between Finnmark University College and Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU).
“NArFU has a strategic priority for the developments in the north and will be an important partner for Finnmark University College,” says Rector Sveinung Eikeland. The University College is the northernmost in Norway, located in Alta.
Senior advisor of Finnmark University College and NArFU Rector Elena Kudryashova singed the cooperation agreement at the conference on education and research in the Barents Region taking place in Arkhangelsk this week.
“Murmansk and Arkhangelsk universities are the most important partners for us in Russia. I would like to bring forward cooperation in the fields like language, tourism, economics, social works and management of natural resources. And the most important sight of this cooperation is perhaps student and academic exchange,” says Ingvar Hauge.
Cooperation between universities in the Barents region is a priority for both Norwegian and Russian authorities. Norway’s Barents Ambassador Sverre Stub participated at the conference.
“Cooperation gives us an opportunity to normalize relationships between the countries in a small amount of time. The most important thing is that this cooperation has been gradually developing and involves more and more people. Contacts between people becomes the main basis of the Barents region and turns out to be the greatest achievement,” said Sverre Stubb.