In the spring semester 2010 the college started to teach the core circumpolar courses, being supported by the leader of the Uarctic Nordic-Barents Regional Office of Undergraduate Studies, Bjørn K. Sagdahl. Since then the program has had a remarkable growth and more than 200 students have been recruited.
The Bachelor of Northern Studies degree
program is being offered both as a double degree program and as an ordinary
three year bachelor program, and also with a possibility to do only the core
part of the program as a one year study program. Most of the students are doing
the BNS as a double degree bachelor program. These are mostly Russian students,
staying at universities and university departments in Murmansk , Apatity, Kirovsk and Ukhta.
Located rather close to the Russian border,
cooperation with the two state universities in Murmansk has been especially targeted. Local
coordinators have been established both at Murmansk
University and at Murmansk State
The latter mentioned university has even integrated the BNS courses as part of
one of its own programs, making the cooperation close, promising and lasting.
The very first graduates will appear in
June this year. These are students from Canada,
France, Norway and Russia. The number of graduates is expected
to rise for the following years, and graduates will also have the possibility
to apply for access to a master program in Northern Tourism. The college is
thus regarding the new degree program a success and hope that the University of Arctic still will have a strong focus on
the core circumpolar studies program.
Bachelor of Northern Studies at Finnmark University College
Tue, Jun 21, 2011
Finnmark University College is the northernmost of the Nordic member institutions of University of the Arctic. It has been an active member of the organisations since the very start, and was early able to offer a one semester advanced emphasis program on Management of Local and Regional Development as part of the Uarctic undergraduate studies program.