Education and Research

Joint Working Group on Education and Research

The objective of the Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) is to further strengthen academic cooperation in the Barents Region in response to the growing international challenges and needs in the field of human resources, research and innovation. The present work of the group is carried out through regular forums on education and research hosted by the institutions of higher education and research in all of the member countries. JWGER is promoting knowledge of the Barents area and education in the Barents area.

Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk holds the chairmanship for 2015-2017. There are 14 universities and research units in the network.

The working group supports the Barents Phd Summer Schools that have been arranged since 2014 in Kirkenes, Umeå, Kuusamo and Arkhangelsk by the univesities of Oulu, Umeå, Tromsø and Arkhangelsk.

More information on education and research in the Barents Region can be found here.



Mr. Peter Sköld (Chair)
Executive director
Arctic Research Centre, Umeå University
Tel: +46 786 63 47

Ms. Marina Kalinina (Vice-chair)
Rectors Advisor on International Cooperation
Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk
Tel: +7 8182 216160, +7 921 7210944

Ms. Lyubov Zarubina 
Head of International Cooperation Department
Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk
Tel: +7 8182 218927

Mr. Vladimir Masloboev
Kola Science Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences
Tel: +7 911 3030870

Ms. Natalia Mikhalchenkova 
Deputy Head of the Government of the Republic of Komi - 
Minister of Education, Research and Youth Policy
Tel. +7 8212 285131

Ms. Tatiana Fedorova
Rector of the Komi Republic Academy of Civil Servants and Management,
Tel. +7 8212 242218

Ms. Eira Varis
Director of Development
Regional Council of North Karelia
Tel: +358 503074806


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