In anticipation of NArFU’s upcoming 10-year Anniversary the university continues to receive congratulations from all over the world. Researchers from Norway, France, China and Japan have sent video messages with words of gratitude for the joint results already achieved and hope for further successful collaboration.
Professor Anne Husebekk, Rector of UiT-The Arctic University of Norway since 2013, conveyed her gratitude for bilateral collaboration dating back a quarter of a century. Professor Husebekk expressed her confidence that the cooperation in priority fields, such as Arctic research and education, will continue to expand and bring outstanding results in the future.
Professor Alain Brillard, President of the University of Upper Alsace in 2011, shared his reminiscences on the signing of the first agreement between the two universities and its contribution to the establishment of a successful partnership. Professor Brillard also stated that the existing scientific exchanges had become possible through effective joint work on the part of the universities’ administrations, Campus France and NArFU International Cooperation Department.
Professor Gerard Binder, Rector of the University of Upper Alsace and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, made his address in French and highlighted the key role of universities in preserving languages as the foundation of any culture. Professor Binder commended the work of NArFU Rector and faculty and remarked that the Arctic university currently occupied a worthy position among Russian universities drawing inspiration from international context in education and research. In conclusion of his message, Professor Binder noted the significance of the figure of Mikhail Lomonosov for global academia.
In his Russian language address, another friend of NArFU, Professor Gao Tianming, Director of the Center for Russian and Ukrainian Studies at Harbin Engineering University, spoke about the key bilateral projects currently being implemented: the participation of Chinese researchers in the Arctic Floating University expeditions, the creation of a centre for Arctic economy research and a joint lab for Arctic science and engineering. Professor Gao Tianming also emphasized the importance of the establishment of a Russian-Chinese education and research consortium in the framework of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019.
NArFU’s Japanese partner, Professor Yasushi Fukamachi, Director of Hokkaido University Arctic Research Center, wished the Arctic university every success and expressed hope for further effective collaboration in the years to come.