PetrSU Discusses Cooperation with Norway
Petrozavodsk State University welcomed Dag Malmer Halvorsen the Consul General of Norway in Saint Petersburg. He was accompanied by Ekaterina Lavrinaitis, Head of the Department of Culture and Communication, and Lise Samuelsen, intern of the Consulate.
At the meeting with Marina Gvozdeva, the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of PetrSU, and Vladimir Siunev, the Vice-Rector for Scientific Research, the guests considered prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation between the Flagship University of Karelia and Norwegian educational institutions in education and culture. Namely, the participants discussed hosting the Nordic Weeks in Petrozavodsk. Great attention was paid to joint research on the issues related to the Arctic.
The Vice-Rector Marina Gvozdeva presented the key tasks of the strategic project Soft Security aimed at the development of good neighbourliness in the north of Europe and in the Arctic and highlighted the importance of preservation of national languages and cultures (project Finno-Ugric World). The Consul General said that for the development of cross-border cooperation and efficient dialogue the countries should have experts in the Russian and Norwegian languages and cultures. Mister Halvorsen inquired about teaching the Norwegian language at PetrSU and appreciated the activities of the Linguistic Center of PetrSU in implementing additional educational programs for Norwegian students within agreements with partner universities. Currently, the Linguistic Center of PetrSU has four students from the University of Bergen who took part in the meeting and shared their impressions with the Consul General. At the end of August PetrSU will welcome over 30 students from the Universities of Tromso and Oslo on the programs lasting from seven weeks to one semester. PetrSU students also can study or practice in Norway within the North2North academic mobility program. Annually around 10 students win the scholarship.
Currently, PetrSU has five agreements with universities and organizations of Norway (the University of Tromso – the Arctic University of Norway, Norwegian Barents Secretariat, the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and the University of Bergen). In cooperation with Norwegian partners, PetrSU implements projects within Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020: BRIDGE – Barents Region Initiative for Developing Growth and Employability, and Green Arctic Building, as well as within the Barents Peace Education Network and the Russian-Nordic project of the Nordic Council of Ministers in the area of social integration.