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ND Newsflash No. 1/2014 (Nov)

Integration Potential of Logistics in the Global Economy

Integration Potential of Logistics in the Global Economy

NDI coordinator St. Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) organized a conference "Integration potential of Logistics in the global economy" on 25 September 2014. The Conference brought together researchers, business and policy makers to discuss issues ranging from logistics corridor developments to the need of integrated solutions to increase the efficiency of logistics in Russia. The impacts of the current trade restrictions on supply chains were in focus.

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How to communicate effectively in CCI projects

Communicating projects in cultural and creative industries is complex. The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) and Have Communications have published a manual to assist CCI project managers in project communication. The manual gives advice in the navigation through an increasingly complex media landscape; in picking and shaping the right stories; and in laying out a fruitful path towards as far-reaching and relevant communication as possible of each given project.

Communicating CCI projects – A Manual

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Internship Opportunity at the NDPHS Secretariat

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) Secretariat has announced an internship programme position. Applications are invited from university graduates with interest in health and social well-being policies and co-operation in the Northern Dimension area, who want to gain hands-on experience in a dynamic work environment. Complete applications must arrive at the NDPHS Secretariat no later than 01 December 2014.

Click here to download the internship announcement and the application form.

For more information, visit NDPHS website.

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Joint Master's Program on eHealth

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Aalborg University and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas have developed a Joint master's Program on eHealth (JMP eH). The program has been developed in the former EU-project ICT for Health – Information, Communication, Technology (2009-2012) and is on a good way to start in 2015.The partners havebuilt the curriculum and are now starting the joint accreditation process.

The JMP eH invites students with background in e.g. nursing, economy, medicine or informatics to study this innovative and job market-oriented master in three universities located around the Baltic Sea.

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Tightening links between education and business

Tightening links between education and business

One of the critical issues for firms’ competitiveness is the availability of skilled labour. In Russia, both domestic and foreign companies are constantly plagued with the shortage of skilled labour. This is due to the profound changes in the Russian education system and the declining interest of school graduates to primary and secondary level vocational education. The demographic decline in Russia further escalates the problem.

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Article: E-Commerce in Russia: Rapid Growth (Temporarily?) Challenged

Young sectors, such as e-commerce, have grown considerably in recent years in Russia. Online retail has witnessed a huge 25 % annual growth, but is now stagnating – at least temporarily – due to a range of reasons.

Huge growth during the past five years

Internet penetration has been growing rapidly in Russia during the past few years reaching now 59% of the adult population. With over 70 million people using internet monthly, Russia has the biggest online audience in Europe. Also online retail has been growing at least 25% annually. Globally, Russia ranks ninth in total e-commerce turnover (EUR 15,5 billion in 2013, after e.g. USA, China, Japan, Australia, UK, France and Germany), and is the number one emerging e-commerce country in Europe ahead of e.g. Spain and Italy.

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A new tool to assess off-shore wind power logistics costs

Logistics is an important competitive factor for the offshore wind industry. With a share of up to 20% of total cost, logistics expenses have a significant impact on the profitability of a wind farm. However, compared to other industries, the wind energy sector is still far away from transparency in logistics costs. A particular challenge for the maritime supply chain results from the effects of disturbances such as the influence of weather conditions, which considerably complicate the planning of a holistic logistics concept.

Innovations based on tight co-operation between researchers and industry are required to tackle problems like this. A good example of such cooperation is the Offshore Logistics Diagnostic tool developed by the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL), Fraunhofer IFF, and Logistics Service Agency Bremerhaven. It was used in practice with the energy supplier EnBW to simulate maritime logistics processes for the construction of the offshore wind farm Baltic 2. It is the first offshore logistics planning tool based on dynamic simulation technology that has been successfully used in practice. The tool supports the planning of logistics concepts as well as the verification of previously proposed concepts for the construction of offshore wind farms. It can therefore support all actors involved, including logistics service providers, energy suppliers, manufacturers, shipping companies, port operators, engineers, or banks and insurance companies.

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ND needs practical cooperation and discourse

ND needs practical cooperation and discourse

The mission of the Northern Dimension is to bring together partners in the Northern European area to achieve common practical goals in a number of areas important to us all. Academic cooperation has been a part of the Northern Dimension framework since 2009 when the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) was set up. This autumn marks major new steps to reinvigorate the work of the NDI.

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Bridging firms, policies and academia for the benefit of the Northern Dimension

Bridging firms, policies and academia for the benefit of the Northern Dimension

The Northern Dimension (ND) is a mosaic of diverse histories, traditions, strengths and challenges. ND area has a lot to gain from taking advantage of the diverse capacities within the region. Furthermore, in times of geopolitical tensions, economic problems and social challenges, joining forces for the joint benefit is increasingly pivotal. We have a lot to gain from tackling common problems and pinning down the potential of freely flowing people, goods and ideas.

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