On 29 March 2017 the delegation of Iceland headed by President Guðni Jóhannesson visited Northern Arctic Federal University and met with its administration.
In his welcome address the President noted that he was happy to participate in the Forum “Arctic: Territory of Dialogue” and learn more about the university.
«We value cooperation in the Arctic and believe that we can learn a lot from each other through dialogue. I am glad that our experience in Arctic exploration is growing from year to year and I will happily spend the next two days in Arkhangelsk», remarked Guðni Jóhannesson.
Rector Elena Kudryashova told the guests about the university’s history as a leading research and educational center in Northwestern Russia tasked with scientific and professional support for Russia’s geopolitical and economic interests in the Arctic via the creation of a life-long learning system, integration of education, science and industry, strategic partnership with business and the international community.
NArFU Vice-Rector for Strategy and Cooperation Natalia Kukarenko elaborated on the university’s international activities focusing on projects involving partners from Iceland. A successful example of such initiatives is the international project “MARPART: Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North”.
The representatives of the university administration also mentioned NArFU PhD graduate from Iceland Paul Sigurdsson and the participation of Icelandic researchers in the Arctic Floating University project. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, talked about NArFU’s collaboration with researchers from Iceland in the framework of the UArctic consortium. NArFU officials also expressed interest in the enhancement of cooperation with Icelandic universities and research centers in such spheres as Arctic law, history, natural sciences, civil engineering and IT.
President Jóhannesson also admitted to having a great interest in the academic matters due to his background in teaching and research at the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University and expressed his willingness to support the development of academic partnerships between Icelandic universities and NArFU.
At the meeting’s conclusion President Guðni Jóhannesson made an entry in NArFU Book of Honorary Guests and was presented with a miniature bronze statue of Mikhail Lomonosov.