A joint agreement on a Joint Arctic Agenda was signed a year ago between Luleå University of Technology, the Arctic University of Norway in Tromso, Lapland University in Rovaniemi, University of Oulu, and now also includes Umeå University. Cooperation takes place in the fields of energy, mining and health, and will now also cover regional development, learning and issues related to Sami / indigenous peoples.
– The main purpose of our cooperation is to ensure that we together are strengthened internationally in matters concerning the Arctic. Now we also include regional development in order to include business and politicians in a natural way, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Pro Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.
For two days, university representative and researchers from Luleå University of Technology, Umeå University, University of Oulu, Arctic University of Norway in Tromso and Lapland University in Rovaniemi, have had workshops about how to develop the cooperation further.
– How can we work better in different courses and programs at our universities? And how can we collaborate around our labs, an infrastructure that is costly and demands financiers. How do we get an attractive arctic society that safeguards the interests of indigenous peoples, industry and tourism? These are issues we discuss, says Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn.
The Arctic, is a sensitive natural area of great importance to the whole world. With an increasing climate crisis and challenges with sparsely populated areas, research related to climate, renewable energy and social development will be strengthened.
– If we gather the expertise in our Arctic region, we also contribute to the global knowledge of the Arctic countries.Much of what we do in the Arctic is relevant to the rest of the world, says Dieter Möller, Head of Research, Postgraduate Studies and Collaboration in Social Sciences and Humanities at Umeå University.