The Crown Prince passed the oral Bodø exam in Iceland

H.K.H Kronprins Haakon
The Crown Prince passed the oral Bodø exam in Iceland
Crown Prince Haakon learned about the Arctic at Nord University's Smart City collaboration

He visited one of the big Arctic conferences, Arctic Circle, where the High North Center was as usual present and presents their and the Nord University Business School's work. Among the collaboration with Nordland County Municipality and Bodø Municipality around smart cities and community development for sustainability in the Arctic.

Visited the stand of the High North Center

– We are often at this conference, and this time we were able to present our perspectives in talks with the Crown Prince, says director of the Nordic Center, Frode Mellemvik. He also had a conversation with the Crown Prince during a breakfast seminar organized by the Norwegian Embassy in Reykjavik.

Breakfast: Direktor of the High North Center Frode Mellemvik (left) had breakfast with the Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir og H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon. Photo: Hogne Bø Pettersen/High North Center.

After breakfast, the Crown Prince visited the High North Center's stand. Here, associate professors Elena Dybtsyna and Evgenii Aleksandrov and adviser in Nordland county municipality Rune Eiterjord told about their project EduSmart.

– The northern areas have great strategic importance for Norway and it is important that the region develops in a sustainable way and contributes to the green shift, says Dybtsyna.

– An important part of our work is building competence for the future, which is why we involve both our Norwegian and international students in the projects to find smart solutions. They work with practical group tasks and have guest lectures. We also have extensive cooperation with both Bodø municipality and Nordland county municipality in this regard.

Passed the exam

During the presentation, Dybtsyna asked the Crown Prince questions about what he thought was the most important investment area for Norway. When the Crown Prince answered "the northern areas", Dybtsyna informed him that he had passed the exam.

– That's good, smiled the Crown Prince, who also wanted to hear how the new airport project was going, when he talked to Eiterjord about the smart transport projects in Bodø.

The young voices

The High North Center will be at the conference over the weekend, and will have several events where they will present their work and research. Rector Hanne Solheim Hansen at Nord University will also attend several of these.

Passet: Associate professor Elena Dybtsyna did with H.R.H Crown Prince Haakon as she does with her students at Nord University: She gave him an exam. And he passed. Photo: Hogne Bø Pettersen/High North Center

Frode Mellemvik was satisfied with the crown prince's visit.

– The Crown Prince is a very nice man and genuinely interested in what he was presented with, and even asked us questions. And tonight one of our young researchers, Maja Wolland Blomberg, will have dinner with the Crown Prince together with other young people in a panel called Young Voices. Here she will talk about our project InnNord, which will study what measures must be taken to make people want to live and live in the north. It shows that the Crown Prince is also looking to hear what the young think and think about this. Just as we at the Nordic Area Center and Nord University do.