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									                                              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
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
                       Nordisk Ministerråd

• Nordic Council of
  – 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

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                                                      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


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                         MR-U (Council for Education and Researc)

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    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)
                                                                 Higher Education
                             Expert group for language
 Institutions and
   colloborative                                                           Research issues
  organisastions                                                           – ad hoc

                                                         Working groups
  NordVulk                                                 (IT, Baltic
  Nordita                                                Countries etc.)
  NIS m.fl.
Which Nordic Instruments?                                  Nordisk Ministerråd

                                       Mobility, networks and projects


                                                      A strong Nordic
                                       Innovation     Research and
                                                      Innovation Area
                                                      as a part of ERA
            Nordic Energy Research     Specialised
                                       and targeted

            NORDUnet                 Infrastructure R&D and education
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– Education and Research                                                Nordisk Ministerråd

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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
                                                   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
• Creating an attractive environment for investments for
  R&D and production, e.g. BRIC, Irland and Singapore

         Relocation of production
     relocation of knowledge workers
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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
 “"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”

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       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'
   – 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
• 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.

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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
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         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
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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

                      Information and Communication
                                       Activities                    Activities

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
   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

• 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

• Each consortium elects an institution as a project
Assessment criteria                                  Nordisk Ministerråd

  – The quality of the application is the decisive

  – 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

  – Final decision on allocations is taken by the
    Secretary General of the Nordic Council of
Nordic Master Programs of 2007                Nordisk Ministerråd

• Nordic Master Program in
  Gerontology: University of Jyväskylä
  (Lunds universitet,University of
• Innovative Information and
  Communication Technologies: Åbo
  (KTH, Stockholm, Danmarks Tekniske
• 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 of Helsinki, Lunds universitet,
    Københavns Universitet, Universitetet i Oslo,
    Universitetet i Bergen
Contact SIU for more information   Nordisk Ministerråd

• Contact SIU at:
Annette Staaland:
   Contact SIU at:
no   Nordisk Ministerråd
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Danish presidency 2010
                          Nordisk Ministerråd

• Nordic positions of
  strength in global
• Nordic Masters – high-
  quality Nordic partnerships
• Researcher mobility and
• Effective dissemination of
  new knowledge and
  technology to private
• Cross border innovation
• 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
  boarders and
• ”Norden” as one
  of several
  plattforms for
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
             Nordisk Ministerråd

Thank you!

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