Safety in the North and emergency preparedness: a new direction of сooperation between NArFU and UiT

Safety in the North and emergency preparedness: a new direction of сooperation between NArFU and UiT

Sergei Aksenov, director of the Higher School of Engineering, NArFU visited the University of Tromsø, Arctic University of Norway thanks to the grant from the Barents Plus Program to discuss international cooperation in the field of  training specialists in emergency preparedness and response.

Cooperation between NArFU and Harstad campus UiT for "Safety and Rescue Training" was established in June 2019. A delegation from UiT visited Arkhangelsk and presented the launch of a new practice-oriented undergraduate program “International preparedness” in 2020. NArFU was offered to become a partner for teachers and students mobility on international semester during this program.

While in Norway, Sergey Aksenov got acquainted with the scientific and educational profile of the Harstad campus. He also presented some potentially perspective fields for cooperation like risks of industrial activities in the Arctic and emergency response. Representatives of the Higher School of Economics, Management and Law and Department of International Cooperation joined the discussion online. Also, the joint direction of cooperation for NArFU and the campus of Harstad can be the holding of international student exercises Student Barents Rescue using modern simulation technologies and the organization of a summer school for students.

Specialists from both universities are now working on mobility programmes for teachers and students.


The Barents Plus is a grant program awarding scholarships for higher education in Norway and Russia as part of cooperation in the Barents Region. The program promotes development through the mobility of teachers and students.

The administrative director of the Barents Plus program is the University of Tromsø (Arctic University of Norway).

NArFU is a partner of the consortium and annually (2 times a year, in spring and autumn) announces a call for participation. The next application period is on February-March 2020.

This work at NArFU is done by International Academic Mobility Center (contact: Ekaterina Shiman, director, tel. 7 (8182) 21 89 27, e-mail:

Department of International Cooperation

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