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.




Ms. Gøril Johansen (Chair)
Senior Adviser
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel: +47 48 147 944  

Ms. Thina Maria Benum Mohus
Division for Education and Competence
Tel: +47 75 650 805  

Mr. Kjell Olav Mentzoni
Senior Adviser
Division for Education and Competence
Tel: +47 91 602 880  


Valery Skotarenko
Expert of the Department for International Cooperation
Russian Ministry of Science and Education
E-mail to:

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

Ms. Olga Dzyuba
Minister of education and science of the Murmansk region
Telephone: +7 (8152) 446-377

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. Arcady Emeksuzyan
Acting Rector of the Komi Republic Academy of Civil Servants and Management
Tel. +7 8212 242218

Ms. Natalia Sedusova
Head of International Office
Syktyvkar Forest Institute
Tel. +7 8212 205682


Ms. Johanna Hulkko
Senior Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Education and Culture
Tel: +358 295 330 318

Ms. Eira Varis
Director of Development
Regional Council of North Karelia
Tel: +358 50 307 4806

Mr. Mikko Keränen
Director of Research and Development
University of Applied Sciences of Kainuu
Tel: +35844 7101 620


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

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