A Boost for Academic Cooperation in the High North – the Arctic University of Norway Visits China

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11 leading scholars and representatives from UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, led by Rector Anne Husebekk, visited Shanghai and Hangzhou from May 4th - 8th. The aim was to further develop academic and scientific cooperation and exchange with leading universities in China.

UiT is the third largest university in Norway and the northernmost university in the world. Its host city Tromsø is often called the gateway to the Arctic. Because of its location, the university takes special interest in issues related to the Arctic, including polar environment, climate research, oceanography and the exploitation of Arctic and marine resources. The university is an important driving force for international cooperation in the High North.

The high-level university delegation visited several important academic institutions in Shanghai and Hangzhou. First off was the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC). At a signing ceremony on 4 May, the UiT and PRIC signed a memorandum of understanding  (MoU), hoping to strengthen future research collaboration on issues related to the High North.

The UiT delegation also visited Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University including its Polar Study Center, Shanghai Ocean University, Zhejiang University of Technlogy (ZJUT) and Zhejiang University of Science and Technology (ZUST). While in Shanghai, they also met with representatives from Tongji University and Shanghai Normal University. At all these meetings, possibilities for future collaboration and exchange between the universities were discussed. Potential areas for cooperation ranged from ocean and maritime law to biology, fisheries, technology and social sciences. 

The Consulate General hosted a dinner for the UiT delegation and selected academic contacts in Shanghai on Thursday 4 May.

Links:

News article about the UiT China visit (in Norwegian): http://www.itromso.no/nyheter/2017/05/06/UiT-i-Kina-for-%C3%A5-jakte-nye-samarbeidspartnere-14690620.ece

Rector Husebekk’s own video blog (vlog) about the Asia trip: https://uit.no/blogg/blogpost?blogg=185508&p_document_id=517183