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Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland successfully hosts nation's first ever oil and gas key stakeholder dialogue

Close to 100 attendees representing government, industry, community leaders, academia, and NGOs took part in the first ever Greenlandic oil and gas key stakeholder dialogue designed to discuss and address key issues regarding oil and gas development in Greenland. UArctic's Thematic Network 'Energy in New Time' was involved with the successful stakeholder dialogue meeting in Nuuk, Greenland, and has plans for similar events that will also include PhD courses. The aim is to hold another meeting in Newfoundland in fall 2012.
The two day dialogue, September 24-25 sponsored by Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland in Nuuk,; the University of Nordland - Bodø, Norway; and HBW Resources, highlighted the social, economic, environmental and technical challenges and opportunities regarding the emerging off-shore oil and gas sector. Participants strove to find common ground for solutions that will pave the way for a development program that will benefit all Greenlanders. The result was both a greater understanding of Greenland's developmental future and how it might impact the nation's societal needs as well as a deeper insight into the different stakeholder approaches.

Topics discussed included: capacity building; educational requirements; health, safety and the environment; social and cultural impacts; economic opportunities and impacts; cooperation among stakeholders and improved communication between governments, corporations, NGOs and other stakeholders. Recommendations were given as to how to maximize the capabilities of the public consultation process so it is inclusive and reflective of all segments of Greenlandic society.

This effort was part of the broader Arctic Dialogue series which brings together Universities, academics and stakeholders around the circumpolar region. The dialogue series fosters new social sciences research to find development policy solutions in the area of Extractive Industries as well as help train the future Arctic leaders.

The dialogue concluded with a facilitated workshop on September 26 entitled: "priming the roadmap, sustainable development focusing on Greenland's oil and gas industry." Participants representing 15 stakeholders agreed upon several actions needed to ensure a safe, environmentally responsible, economically beneficial, and broadly publicly debated and widely supported oil and gas program for Greenland's future. A major focus was the need to match the skills held by current and future Greenlanders with the needs of a growing oil and gas industry.

Martha Abelsen, Chair of the Association of Greenlandic Municipalities, KANUKOKA: "We need to make an effort to establish education adapted to the needs of the new industry. And the public administration must be willing and able to fulfill the role as "midwife" for local initiatives - simply by encouraging the willingness to adapt to new circumstances, education, willingness to work hard and entrepreneurship."

Aqqaluk Lynge, President of Inuit Circumpolar Council, ICC: "This meeting between participants representing the Greenland Government, the industries and the various NGO's made it clear that a continuous dialogue is necessary to provide a proper balance in the development of the oil and mining industry. It was broadly accepted that resource development in Greenland needs to live up to the best international standards regarding environmental and social impacts through a higher degree of transparency and democracy in the processes. It was also reiterated that Inuit are the original stewards of the Arctic and must continue to be so in the future. Attention was called to ensure a development pace, which will balance benefits and risks with prevention as the main focus, so that Inuit can be the primary beneficiaries of resource development on their own lands. In that regard a better democratic infrastructure needs to be developed in Greenland to ensure free, prior and informed consent."

Birger Poppel, Research Project Chief and conference convener, Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland: The University is proud that it could play this leading role in gathering together the important Greenlandic institutions and other stakeholders in collaboration with other Arctic Universities and researchers. This historic dialogue will be remembered as a first public forum including a large number of stakeholders discussing the role and concerns of the Greenlandic community regarding its future oil and gas industry and priming a roadmap for an oil and gas industry that will be benefit all Greenlanders.

For more information contact:
Birger Poppel: +45 2374 9042 or +299 556266

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Adventure Knowledge
Program NameAdventure Knowledge
Description Are you an adventurer? Do you love a challenge? Can you imagine the thrill of ascending the blue ice of Svartisen Glacier or kayaking the crystal waters of Nordland's beautiful rivers?
This semester package is designed for students who want to learn about Northern nature by experiencing it first hand. As an interdisplinary programme, Adventure Knowledge also gives students insight into Northern Norwegian cultural heritage - arts, literature and the nature connection. The package provides a perfect interlude in domestic studies for adventurous exchange students.
LevelBachelor
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Aquaculture and Ecology
Program NameAquaculture and Ecology
Description Have you studied biology for 1.5 years or more and want to learn more about Aquaculture and Ecology in Northern Norway? Try our semester package for international students!
​The semester package in Aquaculture and Ecology is for students with a background in biology (e.g. ecology, aquaculture, environmental or agricultural science), wishing to gain valuable knowledge of modern aquaculture on site in Northern Norway. The semester package consists of one obligatory 10-credit course: Norwegian Aquaculture, as well as two elective 10-credit courses.
LevelBachelor
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Field Of Study Agriculture, forestry and fishery
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Last Updated9/10/2013 10:53 AM
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Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies
Program NameBachelor of Circumpolar Studies
Description Do you want to learn more about the environment and sustainability in the High North? Are you interested in indigenous issues, social conditions and politics in the Arctic regions? Do you want an international bachelor’s degree with a solid interdisciplinary foundation and the possibility for exchange to an international university?
The bachelor degree in Circumpolar Studies arose from cooperation between University of Nordland and the University of the Arctic. The programme is comprised of a core component worth 90 ECTS as well as electives. The core component is taught entirely online and the programme offers otherwise flexible progression for mobile students. Elective courses can be taken at University of Nordland, at another home institution or with one of our exchange partners. The specialisation in Northwest Russian Relations includes one semester in Arkhangelsk.
LevelBachelor
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:05 AM
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Bachelor of Science in Biology
Program NameBachelor of Science in Biology
Description This study programme provides basic knowledge in biological topics including ecology, evolution, biodiversity, botany, genetics as well as basic chemistry, mathematics and statistics. In some courses the students must participate in lab and field activities. It is possible to continue with an MSc in Aquaculture or Marine Ecology after finishing this Bachelor's programme in biology.
The county of Nordland offers amazing opportunities for the study of biology. Species including killer whales, sperm whales, sea-eagles, Atlantic puffins and seals make up just a part of the huge range of wildlife present in the region. Field observations of such species are a compulsory part of the study including a whale safari around Andøya.
LevelBachelor
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Field Of Study Life sciences
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Ecology and Northern Wildlife
Program NameEcology and Northern Wildlife
Description Are you a biology student interested in ecology and marine biology who wants to experience the nature in Northern Norway? Apply for our semester package in Ecology and Northern Wildlife!
This programme provides you with a comprehensive understanding of current topics in ecology and marine biology, giving a solid background for future studies in different aspects of ecology and biology. The programme combines traditional teaching on campus with exciting excursions where you experience the spectacular views and sounds of killer whales, sea eagles, Atlantic puffins, and the peculiar organisms in the ocean.
The student may choose three of the following 10 credit courses: Marine Biology, Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology, Molecular Ecology and Marine Mammals.
LevelBachelor
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Field Of Study Other
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:08 AM
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Marine Ecology and Genomics
Program NameMarine Ecology and Genomics
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Are you interested in learning more about ecology and genomics and at the same time get the possibility to directly continue on a MSc in Marine Ecology?
If you hold a bachelor degree in biological sciences, you are welcome to apply for our semester package in Marine Ecology and Genomics.
This programme provides up-to-date insight in central ecological and environmental principles as well as the basic scientific methods used in the field. The semester package includes courses in evolutionary genetics, biophysical interactions as well as scientific communications and research methods. The package is equivalent to the first semester of the Master in Marine Ecology at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, University of Nordland, where all three courses are compulsory.
LevelMaster
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Field Of Study Other
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:13 AM
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Master in Social Work - with a Comparative Perspective
Program NameMaster in Social Work - with a Comparative Perspective
Description The Master in Social Work at University of Nordland gives students in-depth knowledge in the field of social work in a national and international perspective, and qualifies for research and development work, as well as for the PhD study programme. The lectures may be followed on campus or over the Internet.
Master in Social Work provides a thorough understanding for the special subject's theoretical basis as well as national and international challenges in the practical work of social science. Social science is a subject that is directed towards understanding how cultural, political, social and economical conditions create problems in people's living conditions and way of life as well as improving the individuals', families', groups' and local communities' life situations. In today's societies social problems often arise across local societies and nations. The Master study in social work will therefore focus especially on the combination between local and global perspectives and strategies. Through the study the students shall analyze and critically reflect on central issues in the subject area, applying others research and plan and carry out an individual research project.
We cooperate with Nordic countries, EU, Russia, Canada and Australia concerning the teaching. To deepen the perspective of social work in the High North, parts of the study are developed within the organization University of the Arctic. There will be a particular focus on social work with indigenous people.
LevelMaster
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:03 AM
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Master of Science in Aquaculture
Program NameMaster of Science in Aquaculture
Description If you have an interest in biology or aquaculture, we can offer you an exciting program in an international environment. You can immerse yourself in physiology, fish welfare, reproduction, seafood quality or molecular biology.
The main aim of the master's programme is to provide students with scientific and practical skills crucial for the development of the aquaculture industry. The students can specialise in reproductive biology, fish health and welfare, nutrition, seafood quality, or molecular biology/genomics. Furthermore, students develop attitudes and skills strengthening their ethical consciousness and ability to interact with other people.
LevelMaster
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Field Of Study Other
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:15 AM
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Master of Science in Energy Management
Program NameMaster of Science in Energy Management
Description Do you dream about joining Norway's biggest industry? Graduates holding master degrees in Energy Management from Bodø Graduate School of Business and MGIMO University in Moscow have good prospects for an exciting career.
In close co-operation with the supply industry and the oil, gas and energy sector, Bodø Graduate School of Business offers the Msc in Energy Management study programme. This programme provides students with a broad range of subjects as well as presenting relevant international perspectives. This specialized competence is in great demand.
Norwegian and Russian students study together during the third semester in Moscow, Russia.
LevelMaster
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:18 AM
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Master of Science in Sustainable Management
Program NameMaster of Science in Sustainable Management
Description Would you like to help firms run their business in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way? Are you ready to meet the world's climate and environmental challenges as a newly qualified Master of Sustainable Management graduate? These are the main focus areas for this tailormade master programme.
The potential for further growth in this field is considered to be large, and not least with respect to upcoming exploitation of natural resources in The High North region.
LevelMaster
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Field Of Study Other
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:16 AM
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Northern Scandinavian Politics and Society
Program NameNorthern Scandinavian Politics and Society
Description The semester package Northern Scandinavian Politics and Society focuses on the Nordic countries, emphasising the northern resources, politics and features of the Nordic societies.
International relations, politics, welfare systems, natural resources and sustainable management, rights and indigenous peoples are some of the key words of the programme. The study programme will be of special relevance to students wishing to combine a one-semester social science programme with a shorter stay in Norway, included in their bachelor program as electives or as a minor. The courses will also be of relevance for Norwegian students, who want to experience a foreign student learning environment and to learn more about international relations, politics and northern societies.
The courses are designed as advanced emphasis courses for the programme Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies and for exchange students studying with the University of the Arctic. They are also relevant for all social science students seeking to build competence about the circumpolar north.
LevelOther
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Field Of Study Other
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:11 AM
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Northern Studies
Program NameNorthern Studies
Description Are you intrigued by the wild and icy regions of the High North? Are you interested in the history and living conditions of indigenous peoples? Do you want to know more about the unique arctic environment and its natural resources as well as contemporary political debates around social, cultural and environmental issues?
The Northern Studies programme provides students with a broad introduction to social, environmental, cultural and political topics relevant in the High North. It provides a solid foundation for further High North studies or can be taken as an independent unit for those who just wish to learn more about the region. The programme is taught on-line using the teaching management system Fronter.
LevelOther
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Field Of Study Other
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:10 AM
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Norwegian Language and Society
Program NameNorwegian Language and Society
Description Would you like to learn the Norwegian language and gain insight into Norway's culture, political environment and history? Would you like to qualify to study a Norwegian-taught degree at Bachelor or Master level?

Norwegian Language and Society covers topics from the welfare state to Norway's literary traditions. Students develop both language skills as well as understanding of the cultural, political and historical contexts which have shaped modern Norwegian society and Norwegian language.

Graduates who complete the programme with an average grade of B or higher qualify for entry into Norwegian-taught full-degree programmes.
LevelBachelor
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Language English
Field Of Study Other
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Last Updated9/10/2013 11:06 AM
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