On 11-12 October 2023, the Norwegian Deputy Ambassador and Counsellor for Research and Education visited Durham to explore how we can increase further research and education collaborations with Norwegian institutions.
During the visit, the Norwegian Embassy representatives met amongst others our Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research). As well as academic colleagues from our Department of Geography, DurhamARCTIC, Durham Energy Institute and the Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy.
We have a strong history of working with Norwegian institutions to address global challenges including climate change, energy and sustainability. We were the first English University to join the University of the Arctic (UArctic) alliance in 2013.
Colleagues at Durham, along with our Director of DurhamARCTIC and UArctic Chair in Political Geography, have undertaken collaborative research on the impact of change on the melting of glaciers; sea-level rises and low-carbon energy transitions. The Norwegian Embassy also learnt how our researchers are working with Norwegian institutions on areas such as coastal heritage, mental health and foreign and security policies.
Following the UK’s announcement on 7 September 2023 to associate to European Commission 2021-2027 Horizon Europe research funding programme, the visit by the Norwegian Embassy provided further opportunities to explore strengthening further research collaborations between Durham and Norway.
We have three student exchange partners in Norway: University of Bergen, University of Oslo (music) and MF Norwegian School of Theology. These partnerships offer student exchange opportunities across our faculties of Social Sciences and Health, and Arts and Humanities. We have also agreed to undertake a three-year pilot exchange programme with Norway’s largest University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU Trondheim).
Our Centre for Foreign Languages Study offers Norwegian language courses, Bokmål is the variation of Norwegian spoken at Durham.
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