About the programme
The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research is established on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation about cooperation in the fields of education and research. The Nordic-Russian Programme is administered by SIU in cooperation with NordForsk.
The general objective of the programme is to promote multifaceted contacts in the fields of education and research, in the interests of sustainable social and economic development in the Nordic countries and Russia. The programme aims to initiate long-term partnerships that will improve the direct links between the involved institutions.
Targeting the above goals, the programme is directed towards multilateral cooperation in the training of highly qualified experts, exchange of undergraduate and postgraduate students and university faculty, as well as joint research and promotion of innovation.
Funding and administration
The funding of activities will be provided through the existing mechanisms that the Russian Federation and the Nordic Council of Ministers employ to support international cooperation in education and research. The Nordic-Russian cooperation is an equal partnership in which each partner finances their own expenses. This means that the expenses in cooperation projects should be split between the Nordic countries and Russia.
The total Nordic funding available for higher education project activities in 2016-2017 is up to EUR 860 000. Funding for Russian participants will be realized as own contributions (in kind or cash) og the participating institutions.
SIU administers funding for Nordic participants in higher education projects. NordForsk administers funding for Nordic participants in research projects. The International department of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation administers the participation of Russian partners in joint projects.
Joint Nordic-Russian Working Group
The Nordic Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation have established a joint Nordic-Russian working group that has the responsibility for the planning of the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme, and the authority to select the activities that are to be funded within the framework of the programme.
In 2016-2017, the members of the joint Nordic-Russian working group are:
- Igor Ganshin, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
- Erja Heikkinen, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture
- Leyla Lazgieva, the Federal Agency for the CIS, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo)
- Torlaug Lundh Aukrust, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research
In its meeting June 20, 2016, the joint Nordic-Russian Working Group granted support to 14 project, at a total Nordic funding of EUR 586 073.
In the period 2012-2015, the Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme granted support to 26 projects, at a total Nordic funding of EUR 1 428 875.