Our second Regional Cooperation Group summit took place in Drammen, Norway between the 20th and 21st of September at the University of South-Eastern Norway - Drammen Campus. ISU local members from the Southern part of 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 Dag Einar Thorsen from the University of South-Eastern Norway gave an introduction of the Nordic Model. Students were able to ask questions after his introduction and build further on the Nordic Model. Also discussed was how other various countries were inspired by the Nordic Model.
After Professor Dag Einar Thorsen’s presentation, Gard Hofsvang and Espen Braathen from the union LO, held a discussion on the history of the labour and union side of the Nordic Model. Students were able to ask about how the adoption of unions and the Nordic Model occurred, along with how they might be able to see the effects of the Nordic Model in unions today.
On the second day of the summit, Gwendolyn Elyse Anderson (picture to the right), student council leader for engineering students at University of South-Eastern Norway - Porsgrunn Campus. She discussed how to best represent local branch organizations at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) through describing the leadership structure of USN, the best means to strategize an organization's plans and goals, and how to work within Norwegian and student politics to affect change.
Following Gwendolyn Elyse Anderson's presentation, 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 ones participated in. To the right you can see a picture of one of our groups of delegates brainstorming how their branches could effectively work together for both political work and social events. Overall, it was quite successful and informational based on the feedback received.