Safety of Industrial Development and Transportation Routes in the Arctic –collaboration project for research and education of future High North experts

Lead Author Nataliya, Marchenko
Institution Contact The University Centre in Svalbard
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.6 Gaining a better understanding and awareness of the Arctic through education and outreach
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 04:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text The University Centre in Svalbard is the northernmost (78º N) high education institution, providing research-field-based education of next generation of Arctic experts. Arctic Technology department increases understanding of engineering problems in harsh environmental condition, knowledge in the field Ice Mechanics, Applied Oceanography and Marine Technology and gives students unique experience of full-scale tests with sea ice. During several years AT department implements the international collaboration projects, involving students and professors from different countries in joint investigations for sustainable industrial development.
Current project is SITRA (Safety of Industrial Development and Transportation Routes in the Arctic, 2015-2016), sponsored by Norwegian Centre for International cooperation in Education (SIU). This project is a part of a High North Program. It continues the more than 20 years long Norwegian-Russian collaboration in the field of Ice engineering and expands it overseas by means of students and staff/professors exchange and joint field works.

SITRA project raises cooperation in higher education and dissemination of knowledge amongst two Norwegian universities (Norwegian University of Science and Technology and UNIS), a Canadian university (Memorial University of Newfoundland), two US universities (Dartmouth College and University of Alaska Fairbanks) and a Russian university (Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) and the whole scientific society.

Industrial development of offshore and coastal regions, extension of navigational activity in the Arctic enhances the risk of accidents under severe conditions. Deep knowledge of the physical environment and understanding of methods of risk reduction are necessary for technical experts and for young specialists planning to work in companies providing industrial development in the Arctic. SITRA project is focused on the organizing of a multi-international educational network of experts having experience in high north research and on the teaching of Arctic engineering courses for students. The project multiplies understanding and awareness of the Arctic through education and outreach.
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