“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.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.