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  • Dear students. It is a pleasure to welcome you to the University of Tromsø and to the Arctic. You and our other intn students make up 10% of our students. I’m glad to take this opportunity to give you a brief overview of this university and our surroundings. It’s actually a threefold welcome: to the north, to the city of Tromsø and in particular to the University of Tromsø – probably the best university in the whole world.
  • General Introduction

    1. 1. A Short Introduction to Tromsø and the University of Tromsø
    2. 2. On Top of the High North Climate change East Meets West The Demand for Oil & Gas Unspoiled Nature Clean Food A Cure for Cancer?
    3. 3. Tromsø in a Nutshell <ul><li>Situated at 69°40′58″N 18°56′34″E </li></ul><ul><li>Founded 1794 </li></ul><ul><li>Nicknames: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Paris of the North” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gateway to the Arctic” </li></ul><ul><li>Population: </li></ul><ul><li>67.000 (urban area) </li></ul><ul><li>The 8th largest city in Norway </li></ul><ul><li>Area 2.558 km2 </li></ul><ul><li>The largest urban municipality of Norway </li></ul><ul><li>40 .000 m2 per person </li></ul>
    4. 5. The University of Tromsø <ul><li>A classical university with a wide range of subjects taught. </li></ul><ul><li>Merged with the Tromsø University college 1.1.2009 </li></ul><ul><li>9.000 students, whereof 10% from abroad </li></ul><ul><li>2.800 staff </li></ul><ul><li>2,1 billion NOK </li></ul><ul><li>More than 300 programs </li></ul><ul><li>Centers of Excellence, Innovation, Peace and Conflict Transformation, Sami studies, Tele- medicine, Women research, Biotechnology, Traditional Medicine etc. </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>The University of Tromsø aims to be an academic institution of high international standing and with a special commitment to developing the North, combining quality and relevance, cutting-edge research and a wide range of educational opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Tromsø aims to be at the international forefront in research and education pertaining to the Northern region. </li></ul><ul><li>Particular emphasis shall be given to research in fields where the university has a comparative advantage due to its geographical location. </li></ul>Aims & Commitments
    6. 7. Key Focus Fields <ul><li>Biomarine studies, biomedicine and biotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>Health and welfare studies, including telemedicine and social medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous studies, including questions relating to Sámi language and identity </li></ul><ul><li>Northern and Arctic studies, including central fields such as technology and science, social sciences and the humanities </li></ul>
    7. 8. English taught Master Programs <ul><li>Human Rights Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Law of the Sea </li></ul><ul><li>English Linguistics </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Peace and Conflict Transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Theoretical Linguistics </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Cultural Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Business Creation and Entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Telemedicine and E-health </li></ul><ul><li>Biology (Department of biology) </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Science </li></ul><ul><li>Geology </li></ul><ul><li>Physics </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedicine </li></ul>
    8. 9. Distribution of students <ul><li>10 % international students from 91 countries: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Russia (94) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Germany (63) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sweden (42) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denmark (38) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poland (34) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finland (25) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>France (24) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S.A. (22) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nepal (20) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spain (18) </li></ul></ul>Fall 2009. Source: DBH
    9. 10. 1968 - 2008
    10. 11. Tromsø High North Cluster (THiNC) The University The Northern Research institute The Marine Research Institute The Polar Research Institute Akvaplan-niva
    11. 12. Norwegian High North Strategy Launched 1 December, 2006 <ul><li>Key premises: </li></ul><ul><li>Increased presence </li></ul><ul><li>Increased scope of activities </li></ul><ul><li>Increased knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Key drivers: </li></ul><ul><li>Climate, Russia, Energy, </li></ul><ul><li>Arctic Dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Key Elements of the High North Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring, preparedness and safety at sea </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable use of petroleum and renewable resources at sea </li></ul><ul><li>Business development onshore </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Sovereignty and cross border co-operation </li></ul><ul><li>Culture and livelihood of indigenous peoples </li></ul>
    12. 13. The role of Tromsø in the High North Strategy <ul><li>Major provider of knowledge: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Arctic and its role in climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ice and it’s impact on climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oceanography in polar regions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe and secure operations in the Arctic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship with Russia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fisheries and fish farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marine bioprospecting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indigenous peoples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arctic governance and international laws in the Arctic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arctic technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telemedicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc.. </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Credits, clockwise from top left: Jon Terje Eiterå Maja Sojtaric Lars Nordmo Ola Røe Maja Sojtaric Maja Sojtaric Rolf E. Tønne Photo: Jon Terje Eiterå
    14. 15. ” Tromsø is a city for great occasions” Norwegian Secretary of State Jonas Gahr Støre, December 2005