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Launch: Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme

On 28 April 2020, the Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC) is launched in a virtual event hosted by Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. N-POC is a groundbreaking new and interdisciplinary PhD programme in ocean and climate science, in a collaboration between Norway and the Pacific Islands.

Rector Dag Rune Olsen at the first Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference in October 2019. He is getting ready to attend a UN meeting in April to make a major announcement.
POINTING TO A SUSTAINABLE OCEAN: Rector Dag Rune Olsen at the first Ocean Sustainability Bergen Conference in October 2019. He will now announce a new partnership initiative between the University of Bergen and the University of the South Pacific, supported by the Norwegian government.
Eivind Senneset for the University of Bergen

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On 28 April 2020, the University of Bergen and long-term partner the University of the South Pacific will announce a new partnership in ocean and climate science: the Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme (N-POC). The programme is funded by Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

  • Official hashtag for the event: #N_POC

Norway's Minister for International Development Mr. Dag-Inge Ulstein and representatives from the Pacific Islands are launching the programme with remarks by UiB's Rector Dag Rune Olsen and USP's Vice-Rector and President Pal Ahluwalia.

N-POC is a four-year PhD programme and builds on a previous voluntary commitment between UiB and USP, which was launched at the UN Ocean Conference in June 2017.

  • Find a fact sheet below.

Programme for the launch event:

  • Word of Welcome by PR of Norway
  • Statement by: Fiji's Prime Minister; Minister for Foreign Affairs; Chairman of Pacific Small Islands Developing States, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
  • Statement by Minister of International Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein Statement PR of Fiji/Chair of PSIDS
  • Remarks by University of Bergen
  • Remarks by University of the South Pacific
  • Comments and questions, moderated by Mr. Odd-Inge Kvalheim