We at the International Students Union of Norway held our first Regional Cooperation Group summit in Oslo Norway between the 13th and 14th of September at the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. ISU local members from all over the Oslo Region made their way to the event, thanks to the funding of LNU. The purpose of these Regional Cooperation Group Summits is to discuss the Nordic Model and Norwegian Society. There will be four in total, going all over Norway and incorporating every one of the local branches within The International Students Union of Norway.
The first invited expert, Professor Nina Witoszek (picture to the right) from the University of Oslo , gave an introduction and description of the Nordic Model. Along with this, she spoke on her personal experiences within the Nordic Model and moving to Norway. Her insight into the field was 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 has thrived for decades.
After Nina Witoszek’s discussion, Karoline Oftedal from MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society’s International Office, held a discussion on Student politics, life as an international at MF, and how international students play a role within the University. Questions from the ISU members varied in their content, and she was able to explain the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society exceptionally.
On the second day of the summit, Stian Skarheim Magelssen (picture on the right) from the National Students Organization of Norway (NSO) gave an introduction to NSO and how ISU and NSO have worked together. Attendees learned about the shared history of the two organizations, and how important it is to continue such cooperation. Just like the previous days discussions, ISU members were able to ask questions and get insight from Stian.
After this discussion, 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. Overall, it was quite successful and informational, based on the feedback received. We would like to take this time to once again thank all of those who came, participated, and made an effort to support the Regional Cooperation Group Summits.