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Published: 09 Dec, 2021

Visiting colleagues from Rovaniemi

NEWS This week four people from the University of Lapland in Finland visited Umeå university accompanied by three people who participated digitally. A meeting took place at the Arctic Centre at Umeå University (Arcum) to discuss cooperation between the two universities' Arctic Graduate Schools within the framework of the Arctic Five.

Text: Anngelica Kristoferrqvist

Late on Wednesday evening, Suvi Lakkala,Education Specialist; Harri Malinen, Director of Arctic Five; Jaana Severidt, Education Specialist; and Virpi Nurmela, International Advisor, arrived in Umeå to visit Umeå University and meet colleagues on Thursday.

They come from the University of Lapland in Finland, which together with Umeå University are members of the Arctic Five, a Nordic collaboration between five universities in Finland, Norway and Sweden to promote and share knowledge, education and innovation for the development of a sustainable Arctic.

The day started with a visit to Helena Gradin, International Strategist, at the International Office, where they discussed international mobility cooperation and Erasmus+.

After a walk across the campus, they were met by Linda Lundmark, Head of the Arctic Graduate School with a focus on Sustainable Development, and Anngelica Kristoferqvist, Project Assistant at Arcum and Communications Manager at the Arctic Five, to talk about cooperation between the Arctic Graduate Schools. Digitally, Annukka Jakkula, Graduate School Coordinator;  Juha Himanka, Chair of the doctoral programme; and Johanna Ikävalko, Director of the Arctic Centre, also attended the meeting.

Arcum and the University of Lapland presented their respective Graduate Schools, and then opportunities for cooperation between Umeå University and The Arctic in a Changing World (the cross-disciplinary Doctoral Programme at the University of Lapland) were discussed. Like Arcums Graduate School, it has recently started, but earlier. Arcum has just opened its first call, while the Arctic in a Changing World opens its second international call today.

After lunch, they met Lars-Erik Lauritz, Anna Lindqvist, Eva Lindgren and Boa Drammeh from the School of Education and representatives of their graduate school, Kirk Sullivan and Carina Rönnqvist, to discuss collaboration in research and teaching. On the agenda is, among other things, the advanced course offered by the Arctic Five next semester. The day ended with dinner together with Vice-Rector Dieter Müller.

Anna Lindqvist
Other position, associate professor
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Anngelica Kristoferqvist
Other position, project assistant
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Boa Drammeh
Head of faculty office
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Carina Rönnqvist
Research coordinator
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Dieter Müller
Professor, other position
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Helena Gradin
International strategist
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Lars-Erik Lauritz
Other position, associate professor
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Linda Lundmark
Other position, associate professor
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