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Pan-Nordic PhD programme floated

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The five Nordic countries should team up to create a joint doctoral programme to increase collaboration and support students at universities in remote areas, MPs from across the region have said.

The Nordic Council, which is made up of MPs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, discussed the idea at its September meeting in Nuuk, Greenland. Its committee for knowledge and culture announced on 18 September that it would ask the Nordic Council of Ministers—an intergovernmental organisation—to explore the potential of establishing a Nordic PhD programme. 

Research conducted in the Nordic countries needs to be better coordinated in order to boost trust and mobility in the region, the committee said. It also expressed dismay at the lack of educational opportunities afforded to students and researchers in remote areas including Greenland.

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