On January 11, OsloMet signed a collaboration agreement with the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS).
The agreement means that OsloMet students can seek Arctic expertise by choosing courses at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels offered by UNIS. Examinations, degrees, and associated credit points will be recognized and credited by OsloMet.
Director Jøran Moen highlights the apparent consequences of climate change in Svalbard and emphasizes the need for broad education and knowledge in light of the transition to a renewable society.
The goal of the collaboration is to leverage resources in research, education, and innovation across the institutions. In addition to student exchange, the partnership may lead to joint research projects and staff mobility.
“The collaboration with OsloMet opens the doors to new project opportunities and will further strengthen UNIS’ position. We look forward to developing a close partnership in research and education,” concludes Moen.
Providing students with unique opportunities
André Brodtkorb, Head of the Department of Information Technology, and Vigdis By Kampenes, Director of Organization and Infrastructure, represented OsloMet in Svalbard for the signing. By Kampenes is pleased with the collaboration.
“We can achieve good synergies by working together and providing our students with the opportunity to gain important knowledge about Arctic conditions,” she says.
“The teaching at UNIS involves a lot of research and fieldwork. Students contribute to exploring how life on Svalbard can become more sustainable and how research in this climate can be transferred to other areas. The studies occur in an interdisciplinary, international university environment in a unique community rich in culture and solidarity. A study stay in Svalbard will be an experience for life,” says By Kampenes.
“We will now look at how our study programs can be connected with the courses at UNIS. I am pleased that our students and staff now have the opportunity to participate in the important work done at UNIS for Svalbard and the global environment,” she adds.