“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.
The Murmansk Economic Zone was presented as a miracle cure for regional development and as key facility for the Shtokman project. Today, five years on, regional authorities put their faith in the fish industry.
Renowned Norwegian actress Gørild Mauseth is in the leading role when actors and producers from the Gorky Dramatic Theatre in Vladivostok come to Harstad to present a unique version of Tolsoy’s classic play Anna Karenina.
Nuclear safety projects in the Murmansk region wouldn’t be the same without her contribution. Finnish European Parliament Member Heidi Hautala is today one of 89 Europeans barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine.
Wistleblower Edward Snowden is winner of this year’s recognized Bjørnson Award, but Norwegian authorities are unlikely to guarantee his safe travel to the award ceremony. The former CIA employee should instead be handed over the award in Pechenga, the Russian borderlands to Norway, a Norwegian university lecturer suggests.