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MSTU Participates in IX Russian-Norwegian Border Cooperation Days


Murmansk State Technical University has traditionally been an active participant in international border initiatives in the field of education and science. Norwegian northern universities are among the main partners, and one important tool for supporting border projects is the Kolarctic CBC programme. Natalia Anikeeva shared the experience of international projects implementation with Norway, including those financed by the Kolarctic program.

During the period from 2011 to 2017, 6 projects within the Kolarctic programme framework were implemented at MSTU, in total 16 projects with the Norwegian partners. About 100 million rubles was attracted to MSTU through international grants. This made it possible to purchase modern scientific equipment in several laboratories, more than 80 people participated in international academic mobility and international conferences as speakers. English language courses have been developed for three master 's degree programmes.

Two projects supported by the Kolarctic programme are being implemented at present: "Green Arctic Technologies" and "Cross-Border Innovations in Arctic Aquaculture". Cooperation with new partners is also developing, namely with Professional College in Kirkenes, Upper Secondary School in Maløy.

IX Russian-Norwegian Border Cooperation Days are held upon the initiative of the Murmansk region Government and with the support of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The traditional location was changed and for the third time the cozy "Pasvik" reserve visit-center hosts the event.

The programme of the event included the panel session and a number of thematic sections with the participation of representatives of regional authorities, municipalities, the scientific and business community, diplomatic missions and public organizations of Russia and Norway. Issues of economic, cultural and educational cooperation were touched upon, and the success stories of inter-municipal cooperation were highlighted. The importance of further strengthening cross-border cooperation and developing Russian-Norwegian ties in strategically important areas was noted at the highest level.

At the end of the forum first day there was a solemn ceremony of results announcements of the first competition of children's drawing "In the North to live – with neighbors to be friends," as well as the Arctic Theatre performance "Vykrutasy". The "Second School" Arts Center hosted the evening of good-neighbourliness and the exhibition opening ceremony of graphic artist Vladimir Kusin, a Candidate of Arts Studies, the member of the Union of Russian Artists. The author devoted many works to Norwegian northern cities, each painting is full of deep philosophical meaning.

In addition, the second day programme includes the consular hour "Russia – Norway. Travel Instructions, research workshop "Border Zone: War and Post-War Construction", as well as the round table discussion for exporters.