USU to establish partnership with Tromso University in Norway
Three representatives of Tromso University, prof. Bjorn-Erik Kristiansen, Dr. Nils Grude and Dag Hvidsten, visited USU on May 13 -15 to discuss a joint project in microbiology conducted in collaboration with USU researchers and the possibility of establishing official ties between the universities.
Prof. Kristiansen and Dr. Grude, who also represented Telelab, a well-established Skien-based private microbiological laboratory, have for seven years worked together with USU Microbiology Department headed by Natalia Potaturkina-Nesterova exploring, among other issues, the link between the use of antibiotics and human resistance to viruses.
The delegation visited Faculty of Medicine and several clinical practice sites, including the regional hospital, children’s hospital and STI clinic, home to the Department of Microbiology. The guests learned about diagnostic and treatment methods offered to patients with infectious diseases, shared the main aspects of their research, and together with Russian colleagues identified the short- and long-term goals of their partnership.
The group’s schedule also included a city and campus tour, as well as a meeting with USU senior officials, where the guests shared the news that Tromso University is ready to establish a cooperative agreement with Ulyanovsk State University. Possible areas of interest to both sides may include, in addition to microbiology, various other medical specialties.
The University of Tromso is the world's northernmost university with around 6000 students, located at a latitude of nearly 70 degrees north and mostly known for its polar and medical research.