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Academic program for Smart Cities


There is an increasing debate about smart cities and communities and the sustainable development of different regions all over the world. However, while smart city initiatives are growing, the concept itself was developed outside the High North and the Arctic. This means those areas require local knowledge and competence building.

Increase of cooperation​​

Together with several other partners, High North Center at Nord University Business School, is now starting a new project called "EduSmart: Education and Knowledge Development for Smart City Governance and Performance Management in the High North."

EduSmart is a project that will promote education and disseminate knowledge about smart city governance and performance management in the High North. We do this by increasing our scientific cooperation with international strategic partners in Russia and China.

Specifically, during 2021-2023, the project activities will include:

– A series of workshops with practitioners, educational and research partners from Norway, Russia and China

– The development of one master and two PhD courses held annually from 2021 to 2023

– Student and academic mobility for workshops, organised courses, and guest lecturing across partner institutions

Millions in funding​

Project dissemination, including the development of two research papers and the publishing of two young researchers’ series on smart city governance and performance management in the High North, as well as project promotion at relevant conferences

Through these activities, we will educate a new generation of managers and public officials so that they will gain the knowledge, skillset, and general competence for smart city governance and performance management in the High North.

The project is funded by Research Council of Norway as part of the INTPART programme. EduSmart received 4 445 000 kroner in funding. The total budget is 6 216 000 kroner.


​​EduSmart has several partners within academic and public authorities. Academic partners include the High North Center at Nord University Business School (Norway), NORSK UTENRIKSPOLITISK INSTITUTT (Norway), Murmansk State Technical University (Russia), University of Tyumen (Russia), Moscow State Institute of International Relations-MGIMO-University (Russia), North-West Institute of Management, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Russia), School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University(China) and The Arctic Institute Center for Circumpolar Security (USA).
Public partnerships: Nordland County (Norway), Bodø Municipality (Norway) and Gatchina Municipality Administration (Russia).

The roles will be distributed in such a way that the partners complement each other with respect to academic fields and academic programmes, experience and qualifications.


​The High North Center will handle administration, contribute to development of the curriculum, address legal issues and do marketing. They will also prepare and organise courses in Bodø and take care of students and the academic mobility. When it comes to research and educational expertise, HNC will contribute perspectives on governance, smart city performance, public administration and knowledge of the High North.

RANEPA, MGIMO, MSTU and TSU have been institutional partners with HNC for many years, and they will contribute to the project with strong expertise in public administration, management and the High North.

ECNU, representing China, who are increasingly interested in the Arctic and smart cities, will bring its expertise on global management and governance.

In addition, the partners have strong connections with public authorities and experience in retraining programmes, thus increasing project capacity to develop both research and practice-based education.