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MGIMO University in Odintsovo, Moscow, Russia, and the High North Centre at Nord University Business School in Bodø, Norway, held a Conference “Innovations in Socio-Economic Development: Norwegian & Russian Experience & Roadmap” at the MGIMO-University Campus in Odintsovo on February 8, 2018.

Norway and Russia are Northern countries. Engaged in designing a concept of “The City of the Future”, both countries must identify ways for addressing and resolving numerous urban challenges facing modern metropolises as well as small towns, in social, economic, infrastructural, ethno-political and environmental areas.

The aim of the Conference was to examine new and efficient forms of bilateral cooperation in the area of innovations in the energy sector, public governance at the regional and municipal level, development of Arctic resources. The Conference became an arena for sharing experience in addressing urbanisation problems, including housing and public utilities sector, taking into account innovations and sustainable development.

Politicians, regional and municipal level public officials, businessmen, diplomats, experts from Statoil, researchers, students and professors participating in the Conference examined innovations from different perspectives: development of Arctic resources, business development in Norwegian and Russian regions, private-state partnership, and education.

MGIMO-University and Nord University are developing a concept of the “University of the Future”, and wish to have a clear vision of a new education system capable of facing current challenges and staying open for innovations.

The Conference worked out specific proposals aimed at further development of the Russian – Norwegian cooperation, in introducing innovations in the socio-economic development of the regions, education and research, and will put together relevant “Road Maps”.

Another achievement of the Conference was creation of a venue where Russian and Norwegian regional businesses, regional public officers met and engaged in businesses of mutual interests.  

The Conference was attended by more than 250 professors and students from the MGIMO Odintsovo Campus.

Bjørn Olsen, Rector of Nord University, Leidulv Namtvedt, Norwegian Ambassador to Russia, Tomas Norvoll, President of Nordland County, Andrey Kulikov, of the MFA of Russia, Margunn Ebbesen, Member of Norwegian Parliament and Member of the Norwegian Parliaments Arctic Delegation, Andrey Krivorotov, Board of Directors Secretary, Shtockman Development AG, Arthur Pollestad, STATOIL Asset Manager for Kharyaga Project, Erlend Bullvåg, Dean, Nord University Business School, Alexey Urin, Head of Department, Ministry of Housing and Public Utilities, Government of Moscow Oblast, Anatoli Bourmistrov, Professor, Nord University Business School, Lars Georg Fordal, Head of The Norwegian Barents Secretariat, Michael Pavlov, Mayor of Kandalaksha, Dmitri Voloshin, Mayor of Khymki, Aleksey Spasski, Mayor of Kashira, Andreas Østhagen, Research Fellow, High North Center and Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Anvar Kiyamov, Master student, MIEP, MGIMO, Geir Seljeseth, Regional Manager, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, Mikhail Grigoriev, Director of Gecon, Felix H. Tschudi, Chairman and Owner of the Tschudi Shipping Company, Svein Harald Rise, Industri Energi, Kjell Giæver, Director at Petro Arctic, June Borge Doornich, Associate Professor, Nord University Business School, Kjell Stokvik, Managing Director, Centre for High North Logistics, Øystein Nystad, Lecturer, Nord University Business School, Bård Borch Michalsen, Lecturer, School of Business and Economics in Harstad e.t.c. – made presentations and took part in discussion.


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