In recent years, international academic cooperation has become increasingly dependent on political, economic, and social contexts. This reinforces concerns for both cooperation with higher education institutions and research fieldwork in countries that differ from the Nordic countries in terms of academic freedom, corruption, legislation, and political systems. Some countries with attractive research partners witness increasing authoritarian tendencies, and some with a history of corruption, violation of academic freedom, or with research systems that have develop rapidly, now carries out interesting research. One consequence is that individual researchers and teachers in the Nordic countries need to relate to these contexts to succeed in conducting the research and the collaboration. Furthermore, university administration needs to improve knowledge about these specific contexts as well as improve the support for collaboration with such environments and countries.
The internationalisation group within NUAS has identified a joint interest among Nordic HEIs to understand existing structures, guidelines, and support for collaboration with such countries, but also to discuss and develop routines for support in relation to collaboration and visits. This includes routines for assessing changes in the conditions for cooperation and visits but also national and institutional guidelines or code-of-conduct.
The moderator of the event will be Riitta Mustonen. Director of Development at University of Turku, Finland.
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