The second day of the international conference is gaining pace

The second day of the international conference is gaining pace

Today the assembly hall of NArFU hosted the second plenary session of the international conference «Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region in the Field of Education and Research as a resource for regional development».

The session moderators – Marina Kalinina, Vice-Rector of International Cooperation, Northern (Arctic) Federal University and Britt-Vigdis Ekeli, Vice President of Education in the University of Tromsø – again pointed the main tasks of the conference to the audience: to analyze the history of 20 years of BEAR cooperation and also outline new perspectives for cooperation development.

The keynote speakers of the plenary session made their reports to illustrate different aspects of longstanding cooperation within the Barents region.

Ingvild Broch, Special Advisor in the Norwegian Association for Higher Education Institutions, Honorary Doctor of NArFU was the first to speak. In her speech named«Cooperation in Education and Research in the BEAR - a short overview and some future challenges» she touched upon significant historical moments in the cooperation between Russia and the Nordic countries.

— 20 years ago cooperation with the USSR in our regions was very much limited. The situation was not better for the Soviet citizens. In 1992 during our first visit to Arkhangelsk the students who met us were simply laughing with surprise, tells Ingvild Broch. It was a hard time for cooperation. 20 years ago one had to ask for numerous permissions if he/she wanted to call to Arkhangelsk from Norway. Today all you need is to pick up the phone. Therefore, I believe that in spite of all the challenges that we are still facing we shall be a success and achieve the goals that we set.

Marina Kalinina told the conference participants about international cooperation of NArFU in her «University as a Driving Force of Changes: experience of NArFU».

—One of the primary tasks that we have today is to become a center for training personnel to work at the Arctic projects, which are of the State importance and meant for international cooperation, told Marina Kalinina. The University will be involved in such projects as establishment of an integrated safety system in the Arctic, development and exploration of the Arctic shelf, shipbuilding, development of the Northern Sea Route, and also in the projects related to space monitoring.

The next speaker was H arri Malinen, Senior Expert at University of Lapland and Lapland University Consortium with a report«Riding the EU’s Arctic Wave – Opportunities for Universities». He told about the programs that are available in the EU and where any educational institution can participate.

The final report at the plenary session was presented by Anatoly Smirnov, President of the National Institute for Research of Global Security (NIRGlobS), member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Envoy of the Russian Federation, Honorary Doctor of NArFU. His speech got the title«Information Technologies for innovative and safe development of the region: a view from Russia».

— My topic is rather narrow. Information technologies are a driving force of globalization of all the research, scientific and other processes on the Earth planet, — told Mr. Smirnov. Indeed, a lot of time and money during cooperation is spent to arrange different workshops and conferences. Today they are successfully replaced by online-seminars (webinars), video-conferences and other virtual technologies.

Anatoly Smirnov also presented his book to the conference participants named«Kirkenes Declaration on Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic region: view from Russia 20 years later». The co-author of the book is Yuri Fokin, Advisor to the Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Vice-President of the Foreign Policy Association of Russia, Chair of the Board of Trustees of NIRGlobS.

— Social network of the Barents region could be an on-line interactive platform not only for information exchange, but also for discussions on all aspects of cooperation, it could also bring to life one of its first mottos: «form contacts to contracts», concluded Mr. Smirnov.

After the plenary session the conference participants continued to take part in the parallel thematic streams.

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