Nordic co-operation on education and research is crucial for the green transition

03.11.22 | News
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An extension to the Nordplus programme until 2027, presentation of a research policy report and a programme for knowledge exchange between Nordic libraries are some of the recommendations from the Committee for Knowledge and Culture in the Nordic Region that were approved at the Session of the Nordic Council in Helsinki on Thursday.

Seven items on the agenda dealt in different ways with how learning and culture help strengthen the sense of Nordic community. The recurring theme of the debate was that positive opportunities for Nordic co-operation in education and research and efforts to increase understanding of the Nordic languages are crucial to achieving the vision of a sustainable and integrated Nordic Region. 

“Studying in another Nordic country, much like reading a book or watching a film in another language, gives a different understanding and perspective. Education and culture both help build the sense of community and values that forms the basis for Nordic co-operation. And there is plenty of potential for even closer collaboration between culture and education, which the committee is paying attention to,” says chairperson Camilla Gunell.  

Studying in another Nordic country, much like reading a book or watching a film in another language, gives a different understanding and perspective. Education and culture both help build the sense of community and values that forms the basis for Nordic co-operation.

Camilla Gunell, Chair of the Nordic Council Committee for Knowledge and Culture

Extension to the Nordplus programme

The Council of Ministers' proposal for a new Nordplus programme 2023–2027 was passed unanimously. Every year, Nordplus provides financial support to more than 10,000 students to study another Nordic or Baltic countries.

“Nordplus is the most important Nordic co-operation programme. It is gratifying that the Council of Ministers wants to invest in a new five-year period for the programme as this will make it possible for more people to study in other Nordic and Baltic countries,” said May Britt Lagesen from the Social Democratic Group and member of the committee.  

Nordplus is the most important Nordic co-operation programme. It is gratifying that the Council of Ministers wants to invest in a new five-year period for the programme as this will make it possible for more people to study in other Nordic and Baltic countries.

May Britt Lagesen, committee member from the Social Democratic Group

Here are all the knowledge and culture proposals approved by the plenary Session: