SEA-EU Governing Week in Bodø: collaboration and progress

From May 27 to May 31, the picturesque city of Bodø hosted the SEA-EU Governing Week, a pivotal event bringing together rectors, vice-rectors, and experts from the SEA-EU alliance’s member universities. 

The week was filled with crucial discussions, presentations, and collaborative activities aimed at strengthening the alliance and planning for its future.

The week commenced on May 27 with Hanne Solheim, Rector of NORD University, the host institution, warmly welcoming all participants with drinks and food, setting a convivial tone for the days ahead.

Tuesday 28th started with a blended meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) and Mobility Expert Group (MEG), focusing on essential operational aspects of the alliance. A key highlight was the one-hour online Q&A session with the project officer, providing valuable insights and clarifications. Additionally, a workshop was conducted to enhance internal communication within SEA-EU.

The following day, May 29, saw the Executive Committee meeting, featuring comprehensive updates and future plans. Fidel Echevarría reviewed recent activities, while Laura Howard discussed the current state of the Microcredentials call proposal. Alan Deidun shared details about the upcoming SEA-EU Conference in Malta, and Anna Jurkowska presented the second Oceanographic Campaign. Juan Ramon Real provided feedback from the previous day’s TWG meeting and Irene de Andres showcased the upgraded SEA-EU website, featuring a personalized browser tool and an improved user interface.

Ports and Cities Councils, Student Council, and Rectors’ Meeting were held concurrently in the city center. These sessions focused on enhancing connectivity and collaboration among SEA-EU’s coastal cities and ports, improving student engagement, and strategic priorities for the alliance’s future.

The day also featured a visit to the municipality, fostering engagement with local governance and exploring potential collaborative areas between SEA-EU and the host city’s administrative bodies.

On May 30, the Governing Board engaged in deep discussions on increasing student and staff mobility, establishing a joint projects office, and the legal entity status of SEA-EU. Hanne Solheim emphasized the rectors’ satisfaction with the alliance’s progress, expressing their commitment to building a stronger, internationally renowned university. Discussions also covered future funding strategies post-2027, considering additional funding and opportunities.

The week was characterized by productive debates, strategic planning, and a reaffirmed commitment to collaboration and innovation within the SEA-EU alliance. The SEA-EU Governing Week in Bodø not only showcased the alliance’s progress but also laid down a robust framework for future success. The blend of formal discussions, workshops, and informal excursions fostered a spirit of camaraderie and cooperation, paving the way for an even stronger SEA-EU community.


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