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IN PROGRESS WITH SUSTAINABLE FOOTPRINTS

University alliance sets foot in Mo i Rana

Nordland Research Institute, which has a branch in Mo i Rana, together with Nord University, becomes part of an international university and research alliance.

The online newspaper Khrono was able to tell about the collaboration yesterday. The alliance that Nord University joins, SEA-EU, is of great prestige. The partners will strengthen the coastal research and education field, and in addition promote other areas of cooperation such as internationalization, sustainability, digital transformation, openness, and democracy. The aim of SEA-EU is to become an international role model for interaction within the EU.


For Nordland Research Institute, which is jointly owned by Nord University and The Nordland Research foundation, this is of immense importance. Nordland Research's managing director, Iselin Marstrander, says in a press release today that she sees it as very stimulating and exciting to have the opportunity to lift Nordland Research's network to Europe, and that this will offer new relationships and opportunities.


- We have a lot of expertise and research collaboration in areas related to the sea and coast and have a particular focus on the northern regions and the Arctic. We have projects at both regional, national, and international level, says Marstrander.

Nordland Research Institute's managing director, Iselin Marstrander. Photo: Hanne Risa

SEA-EU is a major player. Altogether, the partners in the alliance have more than 150,000 students and 18,000 employees who will benefit from the objectives that the alliance has set, Khrono writes on its website.


SEA-EU aims to provide excellence in education and research, to build an inclusive, sustainable and adaptive future for both humanity and the planet, with a particular focus on the ocean that unites the alliance partners.


Nordland Research Institute can agree with such a vision.

- We have a lot of expertise and research collaboration in areas related to the sea and coast and have a particular focus on the northern regions and the Arctic. We have projects at both regional, national, and international level, says Marstrander.


- We will be able to make a good professional contribution to this alliance, while at the same time gaining access to research environments, companies, public actors, and non-profit organizations operating in the same field of interest.


The alliance has put in place a four-year financing that takes the venture from project sketch to realization. Marstrander and Nordlandsforskning are ready to roll up their sleeves.


- We are looking forward to meeting collaboration partners and seeing how we can concretely utilize these opportunities together with Nord University, says Nordland Research's director.


Nord University

Nord University was established on 1 January 2016. The university has 1,300 employees and 11,000 students, spread over several campuses in Nordland and Trøndelag.

Nordlandsforskning AS is part of the Nord University group as a peripheral zone institute.

The Nordland Research Foundation

The Nordland Research Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by Nordland County Council in 1979. The foundation's purpose is to carry out research, communication, development, and innovation in active collaboration with private and public enterprises and other research and educational environments. In 2010, the research activity was separated, and the purpose is taken care of by the subsidiary Nordland Research Institute Ltd.


Nordland Research Institute Ltd is owned by Nord University (51 per cent) and Stiftelsen Nordlandsforskning (49 per cent).

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