Nordisk Ministerråd Nordic Council Of Ministers in a transition – globalisation and challenges for the future NOVA Annual Seminar 2010 Selfoss 6-7 May 2010 Christian Möller, senior adviser at NCM Outline Nordisk Ministerråd • NCM – organisation & structure • Nordic Cooperation – a very brief history – three phases • The collaboration on higher education and research • The Nordic PMs globalisation initiative • Globalisation projects: – The Top Level Research Initiative – Promoting Higher Education • Nordic Master initiative • The Future – 3 possible future scenarios Questions to think about Nordisk Ministerråd • How will Nordic cooperation be characterised 2020? • What does NOVA identify as crucial factors for a succesful and strong Nordic Cooperation? Nordisk Ministerråd • Nordic Council of Ministers – Governments • Nordic Council – Parliamentarians What is Nordic Council of Ministers Nordisk Ministerråd • Countries – Iceland (Presidency 2009) – Denmark (Presidency 2010) – Norway – Finland (Presidency 2011) – Sweden • Autonomous Areas – Greenland – Faroe Islands – Aaland Islands 13.8.2010 5 Nordisk Ministerråd • 11 Council of Ministers • Headquarter in Copenhagen • 30 institutions • More than 25 % of the budget for education, IT and research • Offices in St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. • Information points in Murmansk, Archangelsk and Petrozavodsk www.norden.org 13.8.2010 6 MR-U (Council for Education and Researc) Nordisk Ministerråd NCM secretariat Department for Education Research and Labour affairs Senior officials for education and research NordForsk Nordic School Cooperation (NSS) Framework program: Adult learning (SVL) NordPlus Higher Education Expert group for language (HÖGUT) Institutions and colloborative Research issues organisastions – ad hoc Working groups NordVulk (IT, Baltic Nordita Countries etc.) NIAS NSI NIS m.fl. Which Nordic Instruments? Nordisk Ministerråd Education: Mobility, networks and projects Research A strong Nordic Innovation Research and Innovation Area as a part of ERA Nordic Energy Research Specialised and targeted Nordregio NORDUnet Infrastructure R&D and education 13.8.2010 8 Instruments – Education and Research Nordisk Ministerråd Calls for proposals R i A N N R N N N M N P L e e n c O e s C o O o e r a e s s t R t a o r R b t o n e t i I w r E d i w j g c D a i i o A o h P l o e u r t n N r e r c L i r c a NVL c u s e k e U t k t g IT M h t t s d S y s s e . a e s s t e Nordic Baltic Forum r programcommittee NordForsk HØGUT NSS ENS SVL Advisory groups Ministers for Education and Research 13.8.2010 9 Nordic Cooperation – a very brief history – three phases Nordisk Ministerråd • Phase 1 Nordic Region for the Nordic Region • Phase 2 Nordic Region or Europe • Phase 3 Nordic Region in the world Nordisk Ministerråd Globalisation – ”new ways of doing business” • Towards a dynamic knowledge-based economy • Increased competition • Relocation of businesses: out- and insourcing, new organization- and cost structures, direct access to new markets • Creating an attractive environment for investments for R&D and production, e.g. BRIC, Irland and Singapore Relocation of production vs relocation of knowledge workers Nordisk Ministerråd The Nordic Globalisation Initiative Nordisk Ministerråd 19.6.2007 - Nordic premiers meet at Punkaharju to promote more skilled, visible and thriving Nordic region Nordic premiers held their summer meeting on 18 and 19 June at Punkaharju. The premiers shared a positive attitude towards the opportunities and challenges of globalisation for the Nordic countries. They want to utilise these opportunities and meet the challenges by developing further the Nordic model, the fundamental parts of which are citizens’ future welfare, competitiveness of enterprises, employment and economic growth, as well as a common culture and investment in sustainable development. The premiers also want develop the strengths of the Nordic countries, the high-standard and extensive education system, expertise and research work, the ability to utilise information technology, as well as creative implementation of innovations. Therefore, the premiers agreed to launch a new Nordic endeavour in globalisation. The synergy benefits of the work carried out at the European and regional level will be utilised in the implementation. More profound co-operation with the Baltic countries reinforces the competitiveness of the entire Baltic Sea region and increases opportunities to utilise globalisation. The first Nordic Globalisation Forum Nordisk Ministerråd in Riksgränsen, 8–9 April 2008 The Riksgränsen declarationen “"The Riksgränsen Declaration represents a boost to joint Nordic efforts to face up to the challenges posed by globalisation," it emerged from a press conference featuring the five prime ministers and the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers after the Nordic "Davos Meeting" in Riksgränsen. “The most important aspect of Nordic co-operation is that the countries jointly apply their research and innovation capacity and competitiveness in order to meet global challenges” 13.8.2010 14 The Nordic Globalization forum 2009 26. - 27. February, Iceland Nordisk Ministerråd • The Financial Crisis - Setback or Opportunity for Progressive Climate Policy? – invited guests from the business, research, and political communities and citizens' organizations and international guest lecturers • Working groups discussions with back reports – Group A: Small economies' vulnerability – Group B: Progressive climate policy during a crisis – Group C: Energy, the environment and innovation The first Nordic Globalisation Forum in Riksgränsen, 8–9 April 2008 Nordisk Ministerråd While many of the necessary changes have to happen at the local, national, or EU level, regional collaboration among the Nordic countries can be significant in a number of areas: • Deeper regional market integration is critical to overcome the multiple costs of the small national markets; • global excellence in science is easier to achieve in a regional context; • human capital attraction is more effective if global talent gains simple access to the entire region; • cluster development can become more effective through stronger regional competition and collaboration among clusters; • articulating the specific value the Nordic region offers to businesses can support the positioning of individual regions; and • a consensus on key elements of globalization at the Nordic level can contribute to more effective national policy debates. 13.8.2010 16 The second Nordic Globalisation Forum Iceland, 26–27 February 2009 Nordisk Ministerråd ”Competitiveness fundamentals are likely to become even more important when the current crisis has dissolved. The Nordic region needs to retain is key strengths, especially on skills and research. These are areas in which Nordic collaboration could help, for example by moving further towards an integration Nordic innovation area. ……. The Nordic position in knowledge production in the field of energy and environment is good but not outstanding. There are few institutes with global visibility, but a relatively high number of smaller universities and other research institutes. An integrated Nordic <research and>innovation area would create a valuable counterforce.” . 13.8.2010 17 14 Globalisation projects Nordisk Ministerråd 1. Globalisation Forum 2. The Nordic Top Level Research Initiative 3. Innovation representation in Asia 4. New Nordic Innovation Prize 5. Joint Nordic EnergyExpo 6. World Exposition in Shanghai 2010 7. Nordic commitment as input to climate negotiations 8. Freedom of movement in the Nordic Region 9. The next steps in developing the Nordic research and innovation area (NORIA) 10. Plan for the furtherance of higher education in the Nordic countries 11. Project plan for excellent training for young people and adults 12. Illustration of the consequences of climate changes on the natural resources of the Nordic Region 13. Development and profiling of the Nordic Region as a centre for creative industries 14. Harmonisation of the Nordic electricity market 7 new Globalisation projects 2010 Nordisk Ministerråd 1. Culture and creativity 2. Health and welfare 3. eScience 4. Climate friendly building 5. Energy and transportation 6. Clean development mechanism and Joint implementation – (COP 15) 7. Negotiation on quicksilver Nordisk Ministerråd THE TOP LEVEL RESEARCH INITIATIVE Nordisk Ministerråd Program for promoting Higher Education Nordisk Ministerråd Nordic Master Knowledge Profiling/Branding Triangle Norden as an attractive HE area •Evaluation of the initiative Call for networks •Datacollection •Third call deadline 15 supporting universities in •Mapping of higher september the work concerning education institutions knowledge triangle (3 •Identifiying Nordic years) (2010) Strengths Nordic Master->Nordic •Ranking PhD? Information and Communication Activities Activities Activities Results Nordic Master Programme Nordisk Ministerråd • Pilot project • Provides funding to higher education institutions (HEIs) for the development of Nordic Master Programmes • Joint study programmes of high academic quality • New call for proposal-deadline 15 september 2010 • Projects may receive up to DKK 1 million, ~135.000 Euro • Administered by SIU Background Nordisk Ministerråd • Part of the Nordic Council of Minister’s strategy to: o strengthen the Nordic region as a more coherent unit o boost the region’s competitiveness in a globalized world o strengthen the position as an attractive region for education Objectives Nordisk Ministerråd - Stimulate and support cooperation between Nordic higher education institutions (HEIs) to develop master programmes offered jointly by the cooperating institutions – Create master programmes of high international quality – Draw on the strengths of each country and of each institution – Attract the best Nordic and non-Nordic students – Provide the spread of ”best practice” between Nordic HEIs – Strengthen the international profile Scope Nordisk Ministerråd • Funds will be allocated to finance six programmes of up to DKK 1 000 000 (~ 135.000 euro) each • Disbursement of funds to each project in two instalments: o 50% is disbursed at the start of the project o 50% is disbursed when the programme starts • Funds are allocated to the development of master programmes, - not to the implementation of these • Minimum 3 institutions from 3 different countries must participate • The countries that can apply are the five Nordic countries, including the autonomous regions Programme requirements Nordisk Ministerråd • Programmes must encompass 120 ECTS • Each of the participating HEIs must contribute with minimum 20 ECTS • Programmes must be taught in English • ”Joint study programmes” with graduates receiving one joint or two/multiple national diplomas, depending on national legislation • Programmes must be accredited in all the countries involved in the consortium Consortia Nordisk Ministerråd • Collaborating institutions apply as a consortium • Each consortium must consist of minimum 3 HEIs from 3 different Nordic countries • Each consortium must have right to award PhDs within the discipline concerned • The consortia that receive funding should be the HEIs that actually implement and start the study programmes • Each consortium elects an institution as a project coordinator Assessment criteria Nordisk Ministerråd – The quality of the application is the decisive factor – Priority areas may, however, be announced 2010: Small subject areas – Applications are evaluated by a committee: o Experts from Nordic and non-Nordic countries o Experts are elected by the Nordic Council of Ministers – Final decision on allocations is taken by the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers Nordic Master Programs of 2007 Nordisk Ministerråd • Nordic Master Program in Gerontology: University of Jyväskylä (Lunds universitet,University of Iceland) • Innovative Information and Communication Technologies: Åbo University (KTH, Stockholm, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet) • Nordic Master in Marine Ecosystems and Climate University of Bergen (University of Iceland, University of the Faroe Islands, Aarhus Universitet) Nordic Master Programs Nordisk Ministerråd • Nordic Master in Plant Pathology University of Copenhagen (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural, Sciences University of Helsinki) • Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Stockholm (Helsinki University of Technology, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, Norges teknisk- naturvitenskapelige universitet, Danmarks Tekniska Universitet, University of Iceland) • The Religious Roots of Europe Århus University (University of Helsinki, Lunds universitet, Københavns Universitet, Universitetet i Oslo, Universitetet i Bergen Contact SIU for more information Nordisk Ministerråd • Contact SIU at: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Annette Staaland: anette.staaland@siu. anette.staaland@siu. Contact SIU at: email@example.com no firstname.lastname@example.org www.siu.no/nordicmaster Nordisk Ministerråd Nordisk Ministerråd Danish presidency 2010 Nordisk Ministerråd • Nordic positions of strength in global comparisons • Nordic Masters – high- quality Nordic partnerships • Researcher mobility and careers • Effective dissemination of new knowledge and technology to private companies • Cross border innovation networks • Research infrastructure The future – 3 possible scenarios Nordisk Ministerråd A Nordic Union? Nordisk Ministerråd Nordisk Ministerråd Deconstruction? Nordisk Ministerråd Norway and Iceland in the EU? Deconstruction of the formal governmental cooperation? Informal cooperation in the EU and other organisations? Norden as a platform? Nordisk Ministerråd • Different speeds • Floating geografical boarders and cooperation patterns • ”Norden” as one of several plattforms for international cooperation Back to the questions to think about Nordisk Ministerråd • How will Nordic cooperation be characterised 2020? • What does NOVA identify as crucial factors for a succesful and strong Nordic Cooperation? Nordisk Ministerråd Thank you!