High North Center

High North Dialogue

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.



The human side of accountingIs there a human side of accounting? Fresh Ph.D. Olga Iermolenko, bets her thesis on it.https://www.nord.no/no/om-oss/fakulteter-og-avdelinger/handelshogskolen/senter/nordomradesenteret/nyheter/Sider/Olga-Iermolenko´s-doctoral-thesis.aspxThe human side of accounting
The wind of changeRenewable energy is the future and 26-year-old master student Kseniya Pak, the face and brain of it.https://www.nord.no/no/om-oss/fakulteter-og-avdelinger/handelshogskolen/senter/nordomradesenteret/nyheter/Sider/The-wind-of-change.aspxThe wind of change
Næringsminister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen: – Bodø har en viktig rolle i nordNæringsminister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) gleder seg til gjensyn med Bodø og ser fram til å åpne den internasjonale konferansen «High North Dialogue»: – Nordområdene har betydning for hele landet, sier ministeren.https://www.nord.no/no/om-oss/fakulteter-og-avdelinger/handelshogskolen/senter/nordomradesenteret/nyheter/Sider/Intervju-med-Torbjorn-Roe-Isaksen.aspxNæringsminister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen: – Bodø har en viktig rolle i nord

About the high north center

The High North Center, established in 2007, focuses on assisting companies, organizations and public institutions to increase both awareness and commitment in the High North. Increased recognition of the Arctic potential leads to higher demands for local knowledge and experience.


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 and 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.

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)

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
Participants: 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, skillful 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 
Participants: 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

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.

Financed by: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

High North Business Knowledge

High North Business Knowledge (NORTHBIK) is a project that will try to expand the possibilities for student participation for the yearly High North Dialogue conference. Director at the High North Center, Frode Mellemvik, emphasizes the importance for the concept of dialogue. This project will enable students to meet and share knowledge important for the future development of the High North areas.

Financed by: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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 2016 will address
The Blue Future of the Arctic.

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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:
Line Kristin Haug
E-mail: Line.k.haug@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 76 29
Arne O. Holm
Chief editor High North News
Telephone: +47 75 51 71 84
E-mail: Arne.O.Holm@nord.no


Contact us

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

Arne O. Holm
Senior Advisor
E-mail: Arne.O.Holm@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 84
Andrey Kazakov
E-mail: Andrey.Kazakov@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 76
​Igor Khodachek
Research Fellow
E-mail: Igor.Khodachek@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 79 24
​Andrei Mineev
E-mail: Andrei.Mineev@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 78 53
Nadezda Nazarova
E-mail: Nadezda.Nazarova@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 34
​Frode Nilssen
E-mail: Frode.Nilssen@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 77 01
Andreas Østhagen
E-mail: Andreas.Osthagen@thearcticinstitute.org
Tel: + 47 75 51 71 14
Morten Mossin
Project Assistant
E-mail: Morten.a.mossin@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 14
Hege Eilertsen
E-mail: Hege.Eilertsen@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 78 83
​Linda Storholm
E-mail: Linda.h.storholm@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 71 77
Line Kristin Haug
E-mail: Line.k.haug@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 76 29

Trine Jonassen
Communications Advisor
E-mail: trine.jonassen@nord.no  
Tel: +47 75 51 77 97

​​Evgenii Aleksandrov
E-mail: evgenii.aleksandrov@nord.no
Tel: +47 41 17 64 69
Ensieh Kheiri Pileh Roud
E-mail: ensieh.k.roud@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 76 15
​Odd Jarl Borch
E-mail: odd.j.borch@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 76 16
​Olga Iermolenko
E-mail: olga.iermolenko@nord.no
Tel: +47 75 51 79 57

​Petter Nore
Professor II

​Torstein Vik Århus
Tel: +47 75 51 75 75

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