Venturing Behind the Nordics: International Opportunities for Nordic Researchers and Students

In today’s interconnected world, academic and professional development is inherently tied to international exposure and collaboration. For researchers and students from the Nordic region seeking to broaden their horizons and forge new alliances, the Nordic Centre in Shanghai, China, and the Nordic Press Centre in Washington, D.C., USA, present some exciting opportunities.

While the Nordics offer fertile ground for research and cross-border alliances, venturing beyond the familiar confines of the region presents an exciting avenue for both personal and professional growth. For those seeking to broaden their horizons and deepen their perspectives, we introduce the Nordic Centre in Shanghai, China, and the Nordic Press Centre in Washington, D.C., USA.

Nordic Press Centre, Washington, D.C.

Founded in 2022 by Berit Enge, a former Norwegian journalist and diplomat, the Nordic Press Centre (NPC) serves as a valuable resource for journalists and journalism students  from the Nordics. Situated in the heart of Washington, D.C., near the Capitol, NPC serves as a physical and virtual haven, offering a “home away from home” for both professionals and students with a keen interest in foreign affairs.

The centre’s mission is to strengthen foreign policy reporting in the Nordic countries by creating new opportunities for early-career journalists and building stronger ties between journalism educators in the US and the Nordics.

The centre partners with several universities and educational institutions from Norway, and it has organised study stays in 2022 and 2023 for students from the Center for Investigative Journalism (SUJO) at the University of Bergen and journalism students from Nord University in Bodø.

The study stays in Washington have encompassed a series of engagements, comprising meetings with politicians and their aides, and interactions with academics, diplomats, and lobbyists. Furthermore, sessions have been arranged with journalists and media representatives, spanning national, regional, and local tiers. 

– We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with other educational institutions in the Nordic region and can offer study and research stays, says Berit Enge, the centre’s founder

For further inquiries and information, we invite you to contact Berit Enge directly.

Nordic Centre, Shanghai, China

The Nordic Centre in Shanghai is a collaborative venture between Fudan University in China and 24 academic institutions in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Established in 1995, the centre provides comprehensive support for researchers and students in various capacities:

Financial Support: The Nordic Centre extends financial support for research visits in China through the “research platform” grant. The grant is accessible to researchers – including PhDs, postdocs, and professors – from member universities, including affiliate members.

Accommodation for Visiting Researchers: With eight designated office spaces, the Nordic Centre accommodates visiting scholars who come to Shanghai for research, collaboration with partners in their respective fields, and other academic pursuits. The duration of these visits can vary from a few days to several months.

Academic Event Coordination: As a researcher, you can also avail yourself of assistance in organising and conducting a diverse range of academic events. This includes meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops of international significance.

Planning Grants: In furtherance of the mission to promote and strengthen research and innovation partnerships between Nordic and Chinese universities, the Nordic Centre offers planning grants.

Education: The Nordic Centre offers a comprehensive array of educational programmes catering to students at various academic levels, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral.

For more detailed information, please visit the centre’s website.