Arctic Five Rector’s Council Meeting
On Oct 6 the rector’s council came together online with representatives from all five universities for a zoom meeting
After chairwoman Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn welcomed them, they share experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Overall the universities had adopted similarly, and students coped well but expressed feelings of loneliness.
Peter Sköld presented activities from 2016 to2020. He concludes that Arctic Five performed in accordance with the intentions set in 2017. Activities include the formation of the organization (including long-term plans, strategy plan and bylaws), numerous meetings, large-scale and smaller project applications, EU dialogue, workshops, conference sessions, consultations, bibliometrics, promotion, website, science tour and more.
Dieter Müller presented a bibliometric analysis of the Arctic Five universities. Arctic Five are strong and comparable to large universities on field weighted citations. Arctic Five publications cover many research areas, and 5,4 % of all publications are co-authored with at least two universities. The Arctic Five cooperation might be more important than so far recognized.
Harri Malinen presented a draft for a 3-year development model, and the meeting discussed joint and integrating education, budget, marketing, and young researchers. The meeting decided to support the general proposal of Arctic Five Chair and Fellows, and to continue to refine and finalize a proposal for a 3-plan.
The meeting discussed bylaws and decided to recommend the appointment of a vice- secretary, and that they should include students in their forthcoming finalizing of the bylaws. They also discussed the secretariat and possible rotation, which they decided to postpone to later this year.