The third Regional Cooperation Group summit occurred in Tromsø Norway between the 27th and 28th of September. ISU local members from Northern Norway made their way to the event, thanks to the funding of LNU. Like the previous RCGs, the Nordic model was discussed by experts alongside a host of activities to involve the participants in the summit.
Professor Emeritus Ragnar Elia Nilsen (picture to the right) from the University of Tromsø gave an introduction and description of the Nordic Model. Students were able to ask questions after his introduction and build further on the Nordic Model. His insights were welcomed and informative to all who were in attendance. ISU members were able to ask any questions they had regarding the Nordic Model and how it is being affecting by modern societal and economic trends.
After Professor Emeritus Ragnar Elia Nilsen’s discussion, Stein Kristiansen from the union LO, held a discussion on the labour and union side of the Nordic Model. Once again students were able to ask questions about how work environments and models evolved during the transition with the Nordic Model. The students found the insights he shared to be especially helpful to their efforts as members of ISU.
On the second day of the summit, Herman Siggerud, Head of Internationalisation for the Student Parliament at the University of Tromsø discussed Norwegian social culture and how ISU branches can best secure representation and affect change in their universities. The students were interested in the information he shared, leading to an enlightening question and answer session.
Following Herman Siggerud, group activities and practical information were given out to the students. Team building, conflict resolution, idea creation, and regional cooperation were the focus of these activities that the ISU branches participated in (see picture to the right). Overall, it was quite successful and informational based on the feedback received.