“A Changing Arctic” course offered to NArFU students at the University of Oslo


On 25 June – 5 August 2016 NArFU students take part in the Master course “A Changing Arctic” offered within the joint project between the University of Oslo and Northern (Arctic) Federal University “AwaRE: Arctic Research and Education” (SIU High North Programme). The course is organized on the premises of the University of Oslo as part of the 70th International Summer School.

 “A Changing Arctic” course aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the Arctic natural habitat, including its changes over time and plausible future trajectories, and to increase awareness about how those changes affect legal developments, political tensions, and international governance challenges. The combination of lectures and practical classes is aimed to form a complex understanding of the contemporary transformation of the region.

The teaching staff of the course is comprised of leading Norwegian and international experts on the Arctic governance, politics, international relations, law, earth evolution and environment. Dr Maria Frolova, Associate Professor at NArFU Department of Composite Materials and Environmental Engineering, is delivering lectures on environmental aspects of construction in a cold climate. The topic presented by Maria Frolova is one of the most currently important due to construction peculiarities in the circumpolar region, especially in harsh climatic conditions and permafrost areas, and with minimizing the harm to the environment.

Anna Seliverstova and Ksenia Novikova, students of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University participating in International Summer School 2016, have shared their impressions:

“When we were invited to participate in the Summer School at the University of Oslo, we became very excited, because it is a great chance to broaden your horizons  and deepen the knowledge on the issues of the Arctic region alongside with enjoying the fascinating nature of Norway! When we arrived there, we met a lot of fantastic people from different countries of the world, and it was very interesting to communicate with them, learning about their cultures. Teachers at UiO are always ready to help you, they care a lot about how we work with the material. The University library has a vast amount of sources and literature useful  for the classes and for my research at NArFU. During the trips and excursions, admiring the nature of Norway, we were charmed by the fiords and waterfalls, and by the city architecture. Our impression – unforgettable!”  

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