High North Dialogue Master Course: International perspectives on business and governance in the High North

NOTE: Course information for 2018 will be updated later.

The course focuses on developing knowledge about opportunities for value creation in the high North, as well as on an international dialogue between interested parties concerned with High North.


Qualifications equivalent to a Bachelor degree

Teaching activities and methods

Face to face
Lectures and scenario workshop April 3–7, 2017
High North Dialogue April 5–6, 2017


The High North resources are especially valuable due to global talks about decreasing oil and gas resources, and negative impacts of climate change. However, the High North is also a region with robust fish and seafood industries, which advocate for pristine environment. The interest for value creation in the High North is growing. Different debates include discovery and access to mineral and hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic, possibilities for new maritime routes, opportunities for Arctic tourism development, as well as support of indigenous communities and human resources in High North.

The scenario workshop is an important part of the course. During the scenario workshop, students will learn about different methodologies for scenario building and use one of them to produce scenarios on a predefined topic, working in multidisciplinary groups. In advance, students will be given a specific scenario topic developed by relevant stakeholders in the Arctic and relevant for the High North Dialogue conference.

As the part of education activities, Master students will take part at the High North Dialogue Conference 2017 organized by High North Center at Business School on April 5-6, 2017. The focus of the conference is dialogue: the dialogue between young people and the Arctic regions’ representatives from industry – ranging from maritime to land-based industry, authorities and academics to share information and discuss the best practices in order to tackle challenges in the region. The topic of the 2017 conference is “Innovations in the Arctic”. For an updated version of the conference program, please visit www.highnorthdialogue.no.


The graduate course fee, the conference fee, and meals during the events will be covered by the Business School, Nord University. Students will have to cover visa and travel costs themselves. Organizers can cover accommodation in a student hostel, in rooms for 2-3 people, to a limited number of students. This will be distributed to the first students who apply and send enrollment documents before February 15, 2017.

Travel grant

A limited number of travel grants is provided to graduate students primarily from the US, Canada (University of British Columbia), China (East Normal China University) and Russia (NARFU and Tyumen State University). Grants are distributed upon evaluation of personal motivation letters, CV and school grades. For applying for travel grants, students are asked to send a motivation letter describing their motives to take part in the course in light of their academic/professional achievements and personal interest to the issues of the High North. Those applying for grant should deliver full packs of documents including motivation letters and CV before February 15, 2017.

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionNord University
Begin date16.04.2018
End date20.04.2018
Registration deadline30.01.2018
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyPolitical science and civicsManagement and administration
Teaching placeBodø, Norway
Tagsbusinesshigh northmanagementgovernanceindustry
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