Student and staff mobility as an instrument for developing human capital in the North

Organized by University of the Arctic 13. September 2017

Creating networks for coordinated and cooperative problem-solving is vitally important for further sustainable development of the Arctic. Student and staff mobility between the institutions of higher education constitutes an important opportunity for dissemination and exchange of knowledge, ideas, experience and skills. 

Saturday, October 14, 08:00 - 09:00
Location: Akrafjall, Fourth Level

Mobility is a targeted, efficient, and cheap way to secure quality, mutual learning and respect in the circumpolar North. The University of the Arctic, which unites all Northern Higher Education Institutions, has mobility as one of its priorities. There are many institutions and stakeholders that would see mobility as a relevant instrument for achieving their goals. Some of them have Arctic specific ambitions; in other cases the North is a side element of their focus. In the session UArctic invites key actors to discuss how we, through collaborative action, could seek to further develop student, faculty, as well as business to business mobility for the good of developing the region.


  • Pål Markusson, Vice-President Mobility, University of the Arctic: The role of Uarctic in circumpolar student and staff mobility
  • Eirik Sivertsen, Chair, Delegation For Arctic Parliamentary Cooperation, Norwegian Parliament “Stortinget”: Student and staff mobility in the North: a Norwegian perspective
  • Erling Kvadsheim, Vice chair, Arctic Economic Council, Director for international affairs, The Norwegian Oil and Gas Assoc: The North needs northern business leaders
  • Ditte Nissen Lund, Ministry of Education in Denmark: How institutions in the Kingdom of Denmark utilizes the UArctic North2North mobility programme
  • Katri Kulmuni, Chair of the Finnish Arctic Parliamentarians group: Finnish chairmanship of the Arctic Council – visions for student and staff mobility


  • Pål Markusson, Vice-President Mobility, University of the Arctic