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RGU hosts first UArctic north2north exchange

Two senior staff members from a Norwegian university have been reflecting on a week they spent at RGU.

Kristin Rønhovde and Christine Sletbakk work for UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Narvik with Kristin a Senior Financial Manager and Christine a Senior Legal Advisor.  They are both based in the university’s Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology.

They spent a week in Aberdeen between 24 April and 28 April and were given presentations about RGU’s School of Computing, tours of campus, meetings with staff from the School of Engineering, a trip to the National Subsea Centre in Dyce and hearing about the University’s work to help entrepreneurs become successful.

Kristin and Christine were also given the chance to visit Royal Deeside on their final day in the North East so they could see Balmoral and Royal Lochnagar Distillery.

The duo’s visit to RGU and Aberdeen was part of the north2north exchange scheme, it involves staff or students coming to another university and exchanging ideas.  It is part of the University of the Arctic which RGU joined in 2021.

Elsa Cox, RGU Orkney’s Development Manager, hosted the visit and said it was clear to both parties that there was scope for future collaborations between the two institutions.

She said: “We were delighted to welcome staff from UiT The Arctic University, Norway to RGU for a week as part of our first north2north exchange. The UArctic north2north programme promotes travel and learning about new places and cultures across the north.

“It was great to meet Kristin and Christine as we explored the schools of Computing, Engineering and the National Subsea Centre, alongside our research function, entrepreneurship and innovation and professional support roles across the University. We identified synergies across the two institutions in teaching, research and professional roles and are already planning a return trip to Norway to build on a wide range of exciting collaborative opportunities.”

“We hope this will be the first of many north2north exchanges for professional staff at RGU, and we will also welcome our first n2n exchange students to Aberdeen in September.”

Christine and Kristin said: “We have had a great stay at RGU. The people we’ve met have been so nice and welcoming and we would love to come back for another visit. We chose to visit RGU because of RGU’s School of Computing and School of Engineering. As we come from an engineering faculty, we saw great opportunities for cooperation between our two universities, on both research and teaching.

“At RGU we have met passionate and professional staff, who are highly dedicated to their students. RGU has shown us a drive and dedication that is reflected in all aspects of their work, and we hope for future collaboration with this great university. We will recommend a visit to RGU to any colleague or student at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Christine Sletbakk and Kristin Rønhovde

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