A Nordic University Hub is a long-term partnership between Nordic universities, universities of applied sciences and university colleges that forms a consortium which will provide a framework for expanding cooperation in the Nordic region. The overall objective of the new funding instrument is to strengthen international competitiveness and facilitate the development of world-leading Nordic research environments. The new instrument will provide funding for high-quality activities that facilitate cooperation within selected areas, promote excellence and create Nordic added value. The new instrument will allow Nordic universities, university colleges and universities of applied sciences to use Nordic cross-border cooperation as a tool for achieving their own strategic objectives, thereby building long-term institutional capacity. This will be done by making top funding available to Nordic university consortia as an incentive to promote Nordic university cooperation and capacity building.
Nordic universities, universities of applied sciences and university colleges that perform research are eligible to apply for funding.
Read more on Nordforsk website.
A heathy diet is linked to better reading skills in the first three school years, shows a recent study from Finland. Published in the European Journal of Nutrition, the study constitutes part of the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children Study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland and the First Steps Study conducted at the University of Jyväskylä. University of Eastern Finland is a member of Northern Dimension Institute.
Read more about the study on UEF website.
The Call for proposals for the Nordic Master programme is now open until 22nd September 2016. The Nordic Master (NM) is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding programme, which offers financing for joint Nordic Master’s programmes based on research, excellence and high quality.
Read more from UArctic Research website.
NordForsk will soon launch a call Education for Tomorrow: Inclusive Education Across Borders: Research projects oriented towards practice and policy. Please note: the call will be launched tentatively December 2016, pending funding can be obtained for the call. Application deadline: April 2017 (tentatively).
The objective of this call is to broadly explore the many and various research questions related to inclusive education.
NordForsk is administering the call in collaboration with the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO, which is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO).
Applications should be for projects with a duration of three years. All applications must be submitted via the NordForsk online application portal. The call will be on the portal tentatively December 2016.
For more information, see the call pre-announcement.
Source: UArctic website.
The first University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in September 12th-16th, 2016. The Congress is hosted by Saint-Petersburg State University, and it will feature Science and Meeting sections. Key UArctic meetings include the Council of UArctic, UArctic Rectors' Forum, Student Forum, and Thematic Network leaders.
Registration to the Congress ends in August 21st, 2016.
Find more details about the Congress and registration here.
Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.
The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.
In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.
For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat
In the publication "Northern Lights on PISA and TALIS", scholars take a closer look at the PISA 2012 and TALIS 2013 studies. The authors represent almost all the Nordic countries and carry with them their different insights and perspectives. As the former editions in the Northern Lights series, this publication has received financial support from the Nordic Council of Ministers.
To read the publication, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers webpage.