Education and Research

Joint Working Group on Education and Research

The first Regional Working Group on Education and Research (BEAR WGER) was established in 2001 after the Barents Council had approved an Exchange Programme for Higher Education and Research in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region with a Programme Board consisting of representatives from relevant authorities in order to facilitate exchanges in higher education and research. After having finished its task the Programme Board was closed, and the activities then were passed to the Working Group on Education and Research (WGER).

In 2004 by the decision of the Committee of Senior Officials BEAC it was transformed into a new Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER). Several international forums on education have been held on the basis of different Barents Region universities, that proves there is joint activities and successful collaboration among the Barents universities. The present work of the group is carried out through regular forums on education and research hosted by an institution of higher education and research in any of the member countries.

The objective of the JWGER is to further strengthen academic cooperation in the Barents Region in response to growing international challenges and needs in the field of human resources, research and innovation.

    More information on education and research in the Barents Region can be found here.

    Members of the Joint Working Group on Education and Research


    Marina Kalinina (co-chair)
    Vice-rector of International Cooperation
    Northern (Arctic) Federal University
    Tel: +7 8182216160, +7 9217210944

    Lyubov Zarubina (secretary)
    Head of International Cooperation Development Department
    Northern (Arctic) Federal University
    Tel: +7 8182218927

    Liudmila Gerashchenko
    First Vice-Rector
    Murmansk State Technical University
    Tel: +7 8152253687

    Natalia Anikeeva
    Head of International Cooperation Department
    Murmansk State Technical University
    Tel: +7 9113415106



    Elena Skiotis
    Head of International Cooperation Department
    International Institute of Business Education (MIBO)

    Tel: +7 9508939167

    Vladimir Masloboev
    Kola Science Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences
    Tel: +7 9113030870

    Yuriy Sumarokov
    Head of the Department of International Cooperation
    Northern State Medical University, Arkhangelsk
    Tel:+7 8182285759, +7 9212445216

    Nina Nesterova
    The Komi Republican Academy of State Service and Administration
    Tel: +7 8212242218

    Anton Grigoriev
    Head of International Department
    Ukhta State Technical University
    Tel: +7 9042739664

    Natalia Sergieva
    Vice Rector on International Cooperation
    Syktyvkar State University
    Tel: +7 9041006283

    Liudmila Kulikovskaya
    Director of the Institute of International Programmes
    Petrozavodsk State University
    Tel: +7 8142711089

    Natalia Sedusova
    Head of International Relations Department
    Syktyvkar Forest Institute
    Tel: +7 9129650334


    Outi Snellman (co-chair)
    Director of International Relations 
    University of Lapland

    Mikko Keränen
    Development Manager
    Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
    Tel: + 358 447101620

    Minna Nousiainen
    International Coordinator, Department of Social Studies
    University of Lapland
    Tel: +358 400813867


    Sigrid Ag
    Head of International Office
    The Arctic University of Norway
    Tel: +47 7623368

    Jan Selmer Methi
    Associate Professor
    University of Nordland
    Tel: +47 75517849

    Monica Brobakk
    Head of International Office
    Tel: +47 75517803

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