Mikkel Berg has spent a lot of time thinking about what brings southern students ‘north’.
Fri, Sep 19, 2008
Berg, a UArctic Student Representative on the Board of Governors and member of the GoNorth Program Team, shares some insight into what he thinks are some of the opportunities and advantages southern students have when studying in the north, including UArctic’s GoNorth program
”Firstly, many of our institutions offer courses and programmes that are simply not available down South. Secondly, if you’re going to study the issues of a certain region you should live there at least for some time – there’s a certain kind of intuitive knowledge that you pick up by experiencing [the area] first hand. Thirdly, studying the North from the South may make students see the North as a peripheral ´object’. Going North forces the realization upon students that there are people to whom the North is not the periphery but the centre, the realization that there are communities and individuals whose lives are deeply affected by the events they study - events that in turn may be impacted by the students’ later academic production and other activities in the spheres of politics and economy. And finally, I have talked to many students from the South that moved to the region because they were drawn to the landscape, the climate and the culture up here.”