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Scientific and tеchnical cooperation
25 October 2020 23:09

The legal basis for the implementation of bilateral cooperation programs and projects is the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway on technical and financial cooperation signed on 18 October 2016. The agreement allows Ukraine to receive from Norway know-how in relevant fields, expand personnel training with the best Norwegian experience, conduct relevant consultations and introduce new technologies.

A number of projects have been implemented in the areas of secondary, higher and postgraduate education. Since 2015, the European Wergeland Center (Oslo) is working closely with the Ministry of Education of Ukraine to reform the curriculum of Ukrainian school. On 27 January 2020, the Democratic School program aimed on support of educational reforms in Ukraine began the 5th cycle of the project, which involved 60 Ukrainian schools. By 2020, more than 350 schools from all regions of Ukraine have been involved in the program, more than 72 trainers have been trained, several manuals on civil responsibility have been created. Within the framework of the Eurasia, Erasmus + and a number of other programs, 11 projects are being implemented in 2020 by the Norwegian Center for International Cooperation and Improving the Quality of Higher Education (DIKU) together with Ukrainian universities (since 2010 70 projects worth more than USD 12 million have been implemented).

The joint project "Norwegian-Ukrainian Education and Research Cooperation in the field of Sustainable Management" of the Nord University (Bodø) and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv provided an opportunity to receive diplomas for 190 masters, 35 candidates of sciences and 60 teachers. Within the framework the project on Professional retraining of military officers, veterans and their family members, which has been conducted for 15 years under the auspices of the International Fund for Social Adaptation, the Norwegian Institute of Business Administration, Nord University and 18 universities of Ukraine, 10 646 military officers, veterans and their family members received retraining (among them 1401 participants of anti-terrorist operation). Currently, the project has been extended for 2020-2022.

There are projects of bilateral cooperation between Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Norwegian Universities. Ukrainian youth delegations traditionally visit Oslo to study local business and municipal experience with the support of the Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Family Foundation. Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce continues to implement Young Entrepreneurs business-educational program which aims to bring together ambitious business-minded Norwegians and Ukrainians interested in learning more about the Ukrainian and Norwegian market and their passion for entrepreneurship and international business.

In October 2019, a three-year project of cooperation between Ukraine and Norway in the public health sector worth 36.7 million Norwegian kroner (approximately 4 million USD) was launched. The key focus of the project will be on supporting health care reform in Ukraine. A number of medical and research institutions of Ukraine and Norway will be involved in the implementation of the project. On the Ukrainian side, the project will be coordinated by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, on the Norwegian side – by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Social Services.

On 14 February 2020, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andrii Zagorodniuk held a meeting with Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Norway Frank Bakke-Jensen. During the meeting the parties discussed the current state of Ukrainian-Norwegian cooperation, in particular, the development of legislation in the field of national security and defense, the aspects of activities within the framework of the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO), consultations on the political strategy on territorial integrity, independence and security. The study of the Norwegian experience of the creation of an effective operational (combat) management system, communication between intelligence and surveillance services; training of the representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in ordinary and special diving in the Kingdom of Norway were named among the promising areas of cooperation.

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