Staff changes at NorCore
With the start of a new semester, it is time for a change of trainee at our office. Theresa Aarhus finished her traineeship on the first of July and has now moved back home to Norway.
– Living in Brussels during the spring of 2022, with the war in Ukraine, showed me the importance of a strong and united Europe. What happens in Brussels and EU goes way beyond the funding we bring home, and I appreciated my hard-working colleagues contributing to this. I genuinely believe in the synergies between education, research and innovation in the face of global challenges, says Aarhus.
Theresa found it interesting and fruitful to be part of a joint office with three partners. Some of her highlights were the work she did connected to "The Sustainable Blue Partnership" and working on a study trip with our Baltic sister offices on "smart cities and environment". Theresa also wanted to mention the insight she got when The Research Council and the Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, contributed to the EUs guidelines for ethical international cooperation.
Now she will be working from Oslo, while finishing her studies.
We want to thank Theresa for her wonderful contribution to the team during her stay and wish her all the best in the future!
Magnus and Margunn have arrived
With the end of Theresa's traineeship, the office has recruited a new trainee for autumn 2022. We are happy to welcome Magnus Stakkestad, who is going to be a part of our team until Christmas.
Magnus has a bachelor's degree in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen. In spring 2021 he took a specialized subject that covered European integration, and during that semester his interest in the EU only accelerated further. Previously he has been an intern in the communication department of the United Nations Association of Norway, and he also has experience from journalism.
– The EU is an important arena for tackling global challenges, like climate change and global decline in democracy. I am really looking forward to getting an insight and contribute to NorCore's important work on behalf of Norwegian participation in Horizon Europe and Erasmus+, as these programs are important tools in the European cooperation against such challenges, says Stakkestad.
In addition to Magnus, Margunn Instefjord has also joined NorCore for the upcoming three months. She works for the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.
Margunn works with the EEA funds within the area of educational cooperation.
– In my work with the education part of the EEA and Norway Grants it is extremely useful to learn more about European education policy and to get an opportunity to establish and strengthen relations with relevant actors based in Brussels, says Instefjord.
We wish Magnus and Margunn welcome to Brussels!