Important Danish-Greenlandic Research Agreement Signed

11.10.16

By:  PeMi

Last Thursday in Nuuk, Naalakkersuisoq for Education, Culture, Research and Church, Nivi Olsen, met with the Danish Minister of Education and Research, Ulla Tørnæs, who is visiting Greenland these days. Here the two ministers signed an agreement that secures the ongoing work of the Climate Research Centre at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. At the same time, the agreement for the continuation of a scheme financing a number of PhD and postdoc scholarships was signed. The agreement entails an annual Danish appropriation of approximately 9 million DKK.

“The agreement is very important to sustain a strong Danish-Greenlandic co-operation on research and for the further development of an Arctic research competency”, says Director of the Institute, Klaus Nygaard.

In addition to the talks on the political level, together the minister colleagues visited the Institute of Natural Resources, the Climate Research Centre and Ilisimatusarfik. Here the Danish minister was introduced to the conditions for research and higher education in Greenland as well as Greenlandic input to the work with a strategy for Danish research in the Arctic, which is expected to be ready by the end of 2016. The two institutions emphasised the importance of the presence of Danish and other foreign researchers in Greenland and reinforcement of a continual co-operation on education and research. The day ended with a sail in the Godthåbsfjord, where the Climate Research Centre demonstrated their work with marine research.

 

For further information, please contact:

Director of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Klaus Nygaard, phone +299 36 12 00.

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Naalakkersuisoq for Education, Culture, Research and Church, Nivi Olsen, and the Danish Minister of Education and Research, Ulla Tørnæs, sign an agreement securing the future of the Climate Research Centre and the research educations in Greenland. Photo: GN

Minister of Education and Research Ulla Tørnæs was introduced to the tasks of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and shown around the institute by Director Klaus Nygaard. Photo: GN