“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.
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.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.