UND Engineering to sign pact with Norwegian university to promote student, faculty exchanges for teaching, learning and collaborative research TODAY

What: Memorandum of Understanding signing event between the University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway.

Who: Hesham El-Rewini, dean and professor at the UND College of Engineering and Mines; Pål I. Davidsen, of UiB, representing Knut Helland, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at UIB; Steve Benson, director of the UND Institute for Energy Studies (IES) and chair of the UND Department of Petroleum Engineering; and Scott Johnson, principal advisor atIES, an instructor at the UND Department of Petroleum Engineering and a former graduate student at UiB.

Background:

The UND 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, on the UND campus.

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.

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