“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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.