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A  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)  and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) was recently signed. The  MoU is intended to facilitate a collaborative programme of research, training,  curriculum and institutional development, to disseminate information, and to  exchange faculty, students and staff.

The  cooperation between HIT and NMBU in the Arctic research is increasingly  deepening. Led by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and in  collaboration with University of Alberta, Canada, University of Alaska, the USA,  the Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, Northern State Medical University,  Russia, and the International Joint Research Center for Arctic Environment and  Ecosystem (IJRC-AEE), HIT, will start a Summer School on “Water management in  cold regions” at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway on June 18-23,  2018. ProfessorREN  Nanqi, member of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Professor LI Yifan were  invited to give lectures for the Summer School. Among all the six organizers,  the HIT is the only University that is located outside the Arctic  Circle.Through  organizing the Summer School, the cooperation in the Arctic research between HIT  and the Arctic universities will be greatly strengthened. Professors and  students who are interested in participating in the Summer School can contact Li  Yifan  (dr_li_yifan@163.com).

Located  in the Arctic Svalbard Archipelago, Svalbard is the most northern territory of  Norway, with its capital of Longyearbyen, the city closest to the North Pole in  the world (1300 kilometers). The Svalbard University Center is the world's most  northern university. China is one of the States parties to the Svalbard Treaty,  which entered into force in August 14, 1925. Under the treaty, all citizens of  the Parties can enter the Svalbard and become residents without a visa, and  citizens and companies of the Party have access to Svalbard including the right  to fish, hunt or undertake any kind of maritime, industrial, mining, trade, and  scientific research activities. The residents of Svalbard must follow Norwegian  law. In accordance with the Treaty, China established the Chinese Arctic Yellow  River Station in 2004 to carry out Arctic research  there.