Norut and NArFU agree to collaborate

Norut and NArFU agree to collaborate

September 15, 2010
Head of Communication

A new collaboration agreement between the Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU) and Norut will be signed this week during the Norwegian Days in Arkhangelsk.

The Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk is one of seven federal universities in Russia. NArFU has an important role in education and research in the High North.

NArFU and the University of Tromsø have such a close relationship that they have been described as twin universities.

Business oriented research

“As a continuation of this, Norut was wanted as a collaboration partner because of our knowledge about and experience with business oriented research and innovation,” says Norut CEO Ivan C. Burkow.

“From Norut’s side, we believe that this collaboration agreement can provide the basis for strengthen existing business and industry in the north as well as develop new ones.”

The collaboration agreement will cover both technological and social scientific research issues, and the agreement stipulates annual follow-up meetings between NArFU and Norut.

However, the most important collaboration will occur between the researchers. Researchers from NArFU and Norut are already working together to specify ideas for joint projects.

Norwegian Days

The Norwegian Days in Arkhangelsk start on Thursday, September 16 with a seminar about partnership for universities, the business community and industry. Participants include Norut, NArFU, the University of Tromsø, Bodø University College, Statoil, Zvezdochka, Sevmash and Shtokman Development.

On Friday 17, a new Norwegian consulate will be officially opened in Arkhangelsk. The opening ceremony will be conducted by Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Governor Ilya Mikhailtsjuk and Honorary Consul Andrej Sjaljev.

Later in the day, the collaboration agreements between NArFU and their Norwegian partners will be signed with Jonas Gahr Støre and the Russian Minister of Education and Research, Andrej Fursenko, in attendance.

Norut will be represented by CEO Ivan C. Burkow and Research Scientist Natalia Kukarenko.



The following fields of research were specifically mentioned in the collaboration agreement between NArFU and Norut:

  • Biotechnology
  • Cold climate technology
  • Earth observation
  • Information and communication technology
  • Minerals
  • Renewable energy
  • Social science
  • Innovation and business development