History of NOM

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History of NOM

  1. 1. The Nordic Presidential Meeting NOM The brief history Held at: NOM-BOM Gothenburg 8.-11.4.2010 by: Jarmo Kallunki / SYL
  2. 2. NOM in general, 1/3 <ul><li>NOM ( Nordiskt Ordförande Möte ) </li></ul><ul><li>is a regional co-operation network </li></ul><ul><li>convenes twice a year for a combined seminar and meeting </li></ul><ul><li>network is a consultative meeting of the National Unions of Students of Nordic and Baltic Countries </li></ul>
  3. 3. NOM in general, 2/3 <ul><li>First Nordic Student co-operation meeting was held in Aarhus 1946, from which NOM emerged during the following decades </li></ul><ul><li>Nowadays NOM has members from Nordic and Baltic countries; look for the list of members from website and membership criteria etc. from Regulations </li></ul>
  4. 4. NOM in general, 3/3 <ul><li>Main tool of co-operation is the Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Additional supportive tools are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web pages ( http://www.syl.fi/english/nom/ ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mailing list [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back office ( https://fronter.com/studenthuset/ ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Task division (agreed in the meetings) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unofficially meetings in ESU events </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. History 1: NOM in the beginning <ul><li>In the 1950s issues discussed at the NOMs were eg. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>increasing the students' influence at the universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>issues connected with International Union of Students (IUS) and International Student Conference ISC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the international relief activities </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. History 2: NOM in the beginning <ul><li>By the end of the 60s NOM had become a biannual event, discussing and reporting about current issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Joint activities were restricted to various studies. </li></ul><ul><li>There were also some attempts to create joint policies prior to international meetings and seminars. </li></ul>
  7. 7. History 3: NOM in the 70s <ul><li>During 70s student movement became more active. Talks in NOM concerned </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisational matters: eg. secretariat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational policies: eg. university administration reform, resources, research, general common policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socio-political issues: study financing, housing, student social security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International issues: European meetings, solidarity statements </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. History 4: NOM in the 80s (1/2) <ul><li>At the beginning of 80s each NOM concentrated on few issues agreed upon in advance, and the NOM was more like a seminar. New topics were the gender issues and “Nordic nuclear-free zone”. </li></ul><ul><li>Later the talks concentrated on social educational policies. The idea of NOM-secretariat became strong, but after thorough discussion it was abandoned. </li></ul>
  9. 9. History 5: NOM in the 80s (2/2) <ul><li>NOM got involved with Nordplus, and gained some financing to employ a project secretary (who searched problems of the Nordplus). </li></ul><ul><li>Ever since Nordplus has been the theme for NOM. </li></ul>
  10. 10. History 6: NOM in the 90s (1/2) <ul><li>The idea of secretariat was discussed, again. In 1994/5 members experimented idea of a coordinator of NOM. </li></ul><ul><li>The Baltic NUSes attended NOM first time in 1992, and starting from 1995 they were constantly invited until they applied for (and were accepted as) full membership in 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>1995 NOM File was created to distribute information between members </li></ul>
  11. 11. History 6: NOM in the 90s (2/2) <ul><li>The topics discussed during the decade includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Educational Markets ( The ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>common Nordic student card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International issues (ESIB etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifelong Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. NOM today <ul><li>NOM has survived for 50 years, even times when there has been differing views on the importance of the forum. </li></ul><ul><li>Last decade has made NOM larger and brought new peoples and ideas into the mixture. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the topics of this decade has been the issue of NOM being more political or not – and what does it mean. </li></ul>
  13. 13. NOM today – the Challenges <ul><li>No solid organisation to support the work </li></ul><ul><li>problems: unstable institutional memory, no work force </li></ul><ul><ul><li>benefits: flexibility and less bureaucracy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding of the network </li></ul><ul><li>How to tackle new topics? (Bologna, EU..) </li></ul><ul><li>What is the role of NOM in the future (considering the current challenges)? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we fund our meetings and organise our network? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Additional information <ul><li>The memory of NOM is found at: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.syl.fi/english/nom/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Thank you for your attention.  </li></ul>
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