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Staff Exchange Made Great Impression and Brought Promising Results


- Murmansk State Technical University according to its new development program is interested in expanding its contacts and cooperation in the Arctic. Therefore, it is logical that the University Centre of Svalbard (Spitsbergen, Norway) drew the attention of the university as one of the prospective partners, – comments Natalia Anikeeva.

During her internship, which was made possible by a grant for staff exchange within the framework of international scholarship programme Barents Plus, Natalia Anikeeva had a series of productive meetings with the leaders and representatives of the University Centre of Svalbard, the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, Nansen Center for Environmental and Remote Sensing (Bergen, Norway).

Such areas as navigation, environment protection in the Arctic, marine and Arctic biology generated special interest for international cooperation by the Norwegian party. Various forms of cooperation were discussed ranging from joint international schools for PhD students and PostDocs to serious scientific research. It was mutually decided for the short-term perspective that research camp on board the legendary sailing ship "Sedov" (which is to go on an unprecedented voyage along the Northern Sea Route in 2016), will be jointly discussed, organized and coordinated by the interested parties.

The internship work plan included, in addition to meetings, participation in the Interdisciplinary PhD and Post-Doc summer school 2015 "Arctic Ocean Governance as a Multifunctional Challenge" as an independent observer, study visits to the abandoned Russian settlement Pyramid, visiting Svalbard museum of local history, hiking on the top of one of the mountains.

– Such internship experience is very important for any professional, specialists in international activities are not an exception. In addition to personal contact, which often affects the rate of interaction development and response to proposals, such visits provide a rare opportunity to discuss the details of the organizational process of universities international activities, to better understand the necessary internal procedures, especially cross-cultural interaction between different countries, institutional and regional priorities, – summed up Natalia.