University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Engineering to sign pact with Norwegian university today

The College of Engineering and Mines will sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the Jodsaas Center, Harrington Hall.

The signing event paves the way for two academic and research powerhouses to collaborate efforts on teaching, learning and research aimed at a wide range of energy opportunities and challenges.

The agreement promotes the exchange of faculty, research scholars and students between the two institutions for teaching, learning and collaborative research. It also recognizes each institution as being a leader in higher education, teaching and research within their respective fields of interest. The UND Institute for Energy Studies (IES) and Petroleum Engineering programs  are growing rapidly and are highly regarded for energy research and education of Petroleum Engineers for the oil and gas industry.  The Faculty of Social Sciences at UiB is a leader in the “System Dynamics” education and research method and technology. The System Dynamics approach uses conceptual and formal computer modeling to facilitate communication, knowledge sharing and learning across the wide range of industry, state, community, and academic stakeholders involved with highly complex systems such as energy.

This agreement between UND and UiB is the initial part of what could become a much broader research and exchange relationship between the two institutions.

-- David Dodds, writer/editor, University and Public Affairs, 777.5529,

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