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ABSORBING A NEW CULTURE – Pearl Carpina is a Bachelor of Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences student. She spent four months studying at Stockholm University. Photo courtesy ELINA NOMADE (STOCKHOLM)

Study abroad circumpolar exchanges a success

Three students and one faculty member from Yukon University have spent several months in Norway and Sweden this year thanks to the north2north mobility program through the University of the Arctic.

By Whitehorse Star on September 19, 2022

Three students and one faculty member from Yukon University have spent several months in Norway and Sweden this year thanks to the north2north mobility program through the University of the Arctic.

Pearl Carpina is a Bachelor of Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences student.

She spent four months immersed in Swedish culture as she studied at Stockholm University.

Carpina grew to love the daily ritual of fika—sharing coffee and some food with friends and colleagues—as well as delicacies like semla, a sweet bun filled with almond paste and cream.

“This experience was transformational. I’m so grateful. The highlights for me were all the amazing people I met, the new friends I made along the way and learning from their perspectives,” Carpina said earlier this month.

“On top of exploring Sweden, I also visited Greece and Romania during Easter break and then as the exchange wrapped up, took a Eurail pass to see Spain, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Crete—so many places I’ve dreamed of seeing.”

Indigenous Governance chair and faculty developer Hillarie Zimmermann spent a month visiting UIT the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø and University of Umeå in Sweden to learn from their approaches toward faculty development and support.

“Alongside building connections with peers at both universities, I picked up several innovative approaches to incorporating multimedia resources into teaching as well as ways to implement more supports for faculty research including communities of practice and mentorship,” said Zimmermann.

The latest deadline for north2north applications expired Friday.

Domestic students, staff and faculty at Yukon University, Aurora College and Nunavut Arctic College have opportunities to learn firsthand about life in another northern region through the University of the Arctic’s north2north program.

Successful applicants receive a scholarship to study and share knowledge at north2north member Institutions throughout Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, the United States, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.

The opportunity is made possible by funding through Global Affairs Canada.

Comments (9)

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Josey Wales on Sep 23, 2022 at 10:02 pm

Gee...seems robin was in the hive when I smacked it?
Poor naive lil chick that robin.
Assume you are under 22 indoctrinated very well in public school,
Back in the hive now, adults talking.

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Robin Marlowe on Sep 23, 2022 at 4:22 pm

@ Josey Wales
I would agree with you Josey Wales, whereas Poor Bill might have lost some votes with his simple/straight to the point “Childness”, but his point came across, where yours makes no sense.
What is “Globalist Affairs Canada”? Do I have to scour the bottom of the Dark Web to find answers? Personally, I feel you’ve tapped into some Canadian QAnon bulls**t.
Anyways I’d also assume your well over 50+ and the thought of the next generation given opportunities unknown to you seems very scary, but that’s the nature of change. We must learn to crawl so others can run.

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Josey Wales on Sep 23, 2022 at 1:46 am

Glad to see Globalist Affairs Canada is still laundering money and harvesting minds and votes.
Even the liberal hive mind needs a buzz I suppose, see other liberals across the planet, Pat each other on the back displaying all their virtue, listen to each other in their echo chamber etc.
Very smiley in the photo, had a great vacation I suppose, or is a great Globalist Affairs Canada spokes subject.

Heather @poor bill...bully might be a strong term.
Simple goof or troll is perhaps fitting, and the troll disagrees with Bill.
Bill is completely reasonable.
@poor bill might be next up to go for a Globalist Affairs Canada on everyone’s dime trip or just yet another liberal idiot that cannot stand being challenged.
In fairness not all idiots are liberal, but most liberals are idiots

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Heather on Sep 22, 2022 at 11:33 am

@ Poor Bill

No doubt when younger, and still today, you are a bully of the worse kind. Instead of responding in an intellectual manner you chose the lowest form of communication in degrading and personally attacking someone in public. In this forum, here, it doesn't cut it. It is also noted that you didn't even bother to identify who you are - shamed? If not, you should be. I wouldn't ask you to apologize. My experience with people exhibiting this behaviour is that they are unable to comprehend the basic norms of society.

You set a poor example for young people.

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Poor Bill on Sep 21, 2022 at 4:15 pm

Poor Bill, he never made it out of grade 9 and his opportunities are extremely limited and he is so short sighted he can't see past his own nose.

Don't be like Bill, kids. Stay in school and make the best of every opportunity in life.
Being insular and bitter will lead you nowhere fast.

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Bill on Sep 21, 2022 at 11:29 am

@ Robin

I don't disagree with your view, however, not on my dime. There may be other ways and means of achieving the same results without the involvement of government fund. Besides, taking one student slights everyone else that may be just as qualified. This is not an initiative of one over all. Keep this kind of endeavour in the private domain - sponsored outside of government.

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Robin Marlowe on Sep 20, 2022 at 10:17 am

"Benefits to the country - zero" ???? I would assume learning from different cultures and groups could create a wider holistic understanding when it comes to leadership principles down the road for these students, whereas without that, your just someone with a narrow POV who only thinks locally and not challenged to think outside the box.

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comen sense on Sep 19, 2022 at 5:51 pm

This is a classic example of the Trudeau way to spend money since he has been in power, we still have two more years of him.

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Bill on Sep 19, 2022 at 3:48 pm

Hear that sound? Woosh, as the handle on the loo gets lowered once again. Benefit to the country - zero. A free holiday at TP expense. Great !!!

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