High North Center

High North Dialogue 2021
The High North Center is an international center for research, education and communication, connected to societal and business development in the Arctic. Established in 2007, the High North Center works closely together with companies, government bodies and other stakeholders to develop knowledge, competence and awareness about the potential for innovation and sustainable value creation in the Arctic.



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​​​​​​​​About the High North Center

The High North Center is an international center for research, education and communication, connected to societal and business development in the Arctic.

Established in 2007, the High North Center works closely together with companies, government bodies and other stakeholders to develop knowledge, competence and awareness about the potential for innovation and sustainable value creation in the Arctic. The High North Center receives basic funding over the Norwegian State Budget.

Increased recognition of the Arctic potential leads to opportunities for people and demand for further local knowledge and experience.​


AlaskaNor: Opportunities for Blue Growth in Alaska & North Norway
Main project aim: To explore commonalities and differences between Alaska and North Norway, with the purpose of pinpointing room for further collaboration, as well as lessons and opportunities relevant for both parts of the Arctic. It builds on a small project from Arctic-2030 - ‘Norway-Alaska Economic Development Cooperation in the Maritime Arctic’ – which in 2017 helped establish a ‘task force’ of Norwegian and Alaskan actors concerned with the blue economy.

Key problems to be addressed: Uncoordinated actions and non-systematic information concerning blue economy potential and activities across the Arctic, in particular in North Norway and Alaska.

  • Define the overarching framework of the “blue economy” and what connect this across the different work packages.
  • Identifying the key factors in each work package, synthesizing findings and coordinate the other WPs.
  • Ensure that all WPs are streamlined and tackle the same questions, while also communicating the results and progress externally through media.

Read more:


AlaskaNor Project.pdf 

Financed by: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway and Nordland County.
Project Duration: 2018-2021
Participants: High North Center, Institute of the North, High North News, The Arctic Institute, Fridtjof Nansen Institute.

Contact: Project leader Andreas Raspotnik
E-mail: andreas.raspotnik@nord.no
Tel: +47 99 86 50 24

Re-training and social adaptation of military officers and their family members in Ukraine

Main project aim: To reduce the negative social consequences of military and economic reforms in Ukraine on retired military personnel and their family members.

The secondary aims are amongst others to help the participants to open their own businesses, as well as to establish new projects between Norwegian and Ukrainian institutions and businesses as a result of the links to the retraining project.

Project results: Integration of military personnel and adult members of their families into civilian society after being discharged from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other law enforcement agencies in terms of:

  1. Professional retraining in the civil specialties that are in demand in the labour market.
  2. Social adaptation: psychological adaptation, legal adaptation and employment assistance.

The cities, which are covered by the project this semester:

  • Kyiv
  • Lviv
  • Chernivtsi
  • Ternopil
  • Vinnitsa
  • Mykolayiv
  • Odesa
  • Kirovohrad
  • Chernihiv
  • Ivano-Frankivsk
  • Melitopol
  • Zaporizhzhya
  • Dnipro
  • Uzhorod

In particular, 18 universities have cooperated with the International Foundation for Social Adaptation and Nord University in the retraining process and many NGOs in the process of psychological adaptation and employment assistance in the period from 2015. Overall, from 2003 to 2017 around 9000 persons were socially adapted thanks to the project.

Do you have any questions to the project leaders at Nord University or feedback on your participation in the “Ukraine-Norway” project? Please, submit your questions or feedback here.         
Зворотній зв'язок для проекту «Україна-Норвегія» (Перепідготовка та соціальна адаптація військовослужбовців та членів їх сімей в Україні): Надішліть свій відгук чи запитання до керівників проекту тут

Financed by: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair
Project duration: 2015 – 2019
Participants: International foundation for Social Adaptation.
Universities in Ukraine involved in the project period:
  • University of Economics and Law “KROK” (Kyiv)
  • Chernihiv National Technological University
  • Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University (Mykolaiv)
  • South Ukrainian State Pedagogical University named after K.D Ushynsky
  • Melitopol Institute of State and Municipal Administration KPU
  • Zaporizhzhya State Engineering Academy
  • National Metallurgical Academy (Dnipro)
  • Flight Academy of NAU (Kropyvnytskyi)
  • National University “Lviv Polytechnic”
  • Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas
  • Chernivtsi National Fedkovych University
  • Ternopil National Economic University
  • Uzhorod National University
  • Vinnitsa National Technical University
  • Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University 
  • Ukrainian Catholic University (Lutsk)
  • Donetsk National University
  • Classic Private University (Zaporizhzhya)

Contact: Researcher Olga Iermolenko
E-mail: olga.iermolenko@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 79 57

Internal Control and the COSO framework: Application to the university sector

​The aim of the project is to contribute to modernization of the Ukrainian universities and make them more transparent in their activities. It is a way to assist the European integration of the universities and their financial possibilities for self-development, and to strengthen university autonomy. During project realisation, a main concept of internal control and COSO framework will be elaborated; and local versions, for each university will be proposed. The Norwegian experience will be adapted to the partner universities’ conditions.

The project shall lead to an online competence improvement course with a physical component on the use of Internal Control (IC) and especially the COSO framework for IC for administrative personnel at Ukrainian Universities. This will provide knowledge of a modern framework for internal control and its possible application and practices, with an emphasis on the Public Sector and universities, but also drawing on examples from the private sector. This will help University management with bringing new ideas for improving their systems of internal controls, as well as providing links between Ukrainian universities and the private sectors.

Financed by: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
Project duration: January 2018 – October 2019
  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • Ternopil National Economic University
  • Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University

Norwegian-Ukrainian cooperation in a field of Public sector accounting, budgeting and finance Research Education (NUPRE)

The project goal is harmonization of a research training education in the field of public sector accounting, budgeting and finance, between Nord University (NU), Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (KNU) and other partner universities in the project. Built on a close and lasting cooperation and partnership between NU and KNU, this project aims to establish a joint PhD training program at KNU in order to address the needs of Ukrainian academia in gaining experience and relevant training in conducting the high-quality research. The program will provide opportunity for PhD students and young researchers to receive research training on the international level, skilful in critical thinking when conducting research and able of publishing in good quality international peer-reviewed journals. 

The project team involves higher educational institutions (HEIs) from Norway, Ukraine and Azerbaijan, internationally recognized researchers and educators, national authorities and international organizations and is built on the principles of relevance and joint interests, competency in project area, complementary skills and ability to bring cross-country impacts. 

The program will address several important needs of Ukrainian higher education:

  1. harmonization of the content of Ukrainian programs for educating postgraduate students
  2. develop deeper knowledge, competences and skills regarding abilities of doing high level international research in the field of public sector budgeting, accounting and finance
  3. reinforce the long-term partnership between higher educational institutions in Ukraine, NU and international partners
Financed by: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)
Project duration: 2018 – 2021 
  • Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • Azerbaijan State University of Economics
  • Ternopil’ National Economic University
  • Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University
  • Østfold University College
  • University College of Southeast Norway
  • Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Contact: Researcher Olga Iermolenko
E-mail: olga.iermolenko@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 79 57

GlobalTradeRus “Global Trends in Russian Trade and Industry Policies: Implications for Norwegian – Russian Relations in the High North"

The main objective for this research project is to build and strengthen the strategic competence on a field that is right now of critical importance for the trade relationship between Norway and Russia. The project will address current trends in Russian trade and industry policies, and analyse how these may affect Norwegian-Russian relations. There will be special emphasis on trade relations and how the Russian WTO membership, CIS and the Eurasian Customs Union might develop and influence the terms of trade policies. The implications for both the Norwegian industry and the Russian industrial actors at all levels will be monitored and analysed.

Financed by: Research Council of Norway (RCN) and Russian Foundation for Humanities (RFH)
Project duration: March 2015 – March 2018
Participants: MGIMO
Other partners: Fridtjof Nansens Institute

Business Index North 

The project Business Index North (BIN) will accumulate and process information regarding the conditions for Business in the High North. The index will provide both statistical and narrative data for both private companies and governmental bureaus – the ambition is to be a prominent tool in decision making concerning business in the Arctic region. The project focuses on knowledge in the Arctic region.

Read more at www.businessindexnorth.com
Financed by: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nordland County.

Contact: Postdoctor Andrei Mineev
E-mail: Andrei.Mineev@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 78 53

SmartNorth: Sustainable development and Management by participatory governance practices in the High North:

Read more at: https://www.nord.no/no/om-oss/fakulteter-og-avdelinger/handelshogskolen/forskning/forskningsprosjekt/Sider/SmartNorth.aspx


Marpart - Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North

Read more at: https://www.nord.no/no/om-oss/fakulteter-og-avdelinger/handelshogskolen/forskning/forskningsprosjekt/marpart

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High North Dialogue

Worldwide interest in the Arctic is increasing. Changing ice-conditions, regional growth and international geopolitics have placed the High North at the center of attention. High North Dialogue will address Business in the Arctic.

Read more at:

Adviser Anders C. Edstrøm
E-mail: anders.c.edstrom@nord.no
Tel: +47 978 89 904


We are continuously publishing new research papers. Our associates have taken part in over 300 scientific publications concerning education, business and policy development in the High North region.

For a complete publication list, please visit Current Research Information SysTem in Norway (Cristin) here

For the press

The High North Center, located at Nord University, is a national center for research, education and policy development. The center recognizes and develops innovation, business creation and politics in the High North area. For additional information, or questions, please contact either:
Anders C. Edstrøm
Tel: +47 978 89 904
Arne O. Holm
Chief editor High North News
Tel: +47 75 51 71 84
E-mail: Arne.O.Holm@nord.no

Contact us

​Frode Mellemvik
E-mail: Frode.Mellemvik@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 77 05
Frode Mellemvik
June Borge Doornich
Associate Professor
E-mail: June.Borge.Doornich@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 70 19
June Borge Doornich
​Elena Zhurova
E-mail: Elena.Zhurova@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 24
Elena Zhurova
​Elena Dybtsyna
Associate Professor
E-mail: Elena.Dybtsyna@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 89
Elena Dybtsyna
Natalia Andreassen
Associate Professor
E-mail: Natalia.Andreassen@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 38
Natalia Andreassen
​Anatoli Bourmistrov
E-mail: Anatoli.Bourmistrov@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 76 73
Anatoli Bourmistrov

Arne O. Holm
Senior Advisor / Editor in Chief
E-mail: Arne.O.Holm@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 84
Arne O. Holm
Andrey Kazakov
E-mail: Andrey.Kazakov@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 76
Andrey Kazakov
​Igor Khodachek
Research Fellow
E-mail: Igor.Khodachek@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 79 24
Igor Khodachek
​Andrei Mineev
E-mail: Andrei.Mineev@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 78 53
Andrei Mineev
Nadezda Nazarova
Associate Professor
E-mail: Nadezda.Nazarova@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 34
Nedezda Nazarova
​Frode Nilssen
E-mail: Frode.Nilssen@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 77 01
Frode Nilssen
Andreas Østhagen
E-mail: Andreas.Osthagen@thearcticinstitute.org
Tel: + 47 75 51 71 14
Andreas Østhagen

Andreas Raspotnik
Researcher / Project leader
E-mail: andreas.raspotnik@nord.no
Tel: +47 99 86 50 24

Andreas Raspotnik
Marit Lillian Sundet
E-mail: marit.l.sundet@nord.no
+47 75 51 73 47

Trine Jonassen
News Editor/High North News.
E-mail: trine.jonassen@nord.no  
Tel: +47 75 51 77 97
Trine Jonassen
​​Evgenii Aleksandrov
E-mail: evgenii.aleksandrov@nord.no
Tel: +47 41 17 64 69
evgenii Aleksandrov

Odd Jarl Borch
E-mail: odd.j.borch@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 76 16
Odd Jarl Borch
Olga Iermolenko
Associate Professor
E-mail: olga.iermolenko@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 79 57
Olga Lermolenko
Petter Nore
E-mail: petter.nore@nord.no
Tel: +47 41 40 21 30

Petter Nore
​Arne Finne (Sick leave)
E-mail: arne.finne@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 72 57

Geir Børre Hønneland
Professor II
E-mail: geir.b.honneland@nord.no

​Bengt Lie Hansen
Professor II
E-mail: bengt.lie.hansen@nord.no
Tel: +47 91 39 14 73

Anders Christoffer Edstrøm
E-mail: anders.c.edstrom@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 79 87

Peter Bakkemo Danilov
Journalist / High North News
E-mail: peter.b.danilov@nord.no 
+47 75 51 71 54

Hilde-Gunn Bye
Journalist / High North News
Email: hilde-gunn.bye@nord.no
+47 75 51 76 61

​Bård Borch Brøndlund Michalsen
Førstelektor II

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