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Northern Cross-Border Cultural Experts

Kalottikeskuksen hallinnoiman ja koordinoiman Northern Cross-Border Cultural Experts -hankkeen keskeisenä tavoitteena on vahvistaa opiskelija- ja opettajavaihdoilla Pohjois-Lapin ja Murmanskin yhteistyötä kulttuurin, koulutuksen ja elinkeinoelämän alueilla.

Lisäksi hankkeen tavoitteena on lisätä suomalaisten ammatillisen koulutuksen opiskelijoiden ja opettajien kiinnostusta Venäjän kulttuuria, koulutusta ja kieltä kohtaan. Venäläiset opiskelijat ja opettajat puolestaan voivat tutustua vaihdon aikana alueemme työmahdollisuuksiin ja elinkeinoelämään sekä esimerkiksi jatko-opiskelumahdollisuuksiin.

Kaiken kaikkiaan hanke syventää naapurimaan kulttuurin, koulutuksen ja kielen tuntemusta ja avaa mahdollisuuksia entistä suunnitelmallisemman ja vankemman yhteistyön tekemiseksi.

Northern Cross-Border Cultural Experts -hankkeen rahoitus on myönnetty Kolarctic Enpi -ohjelmasta, jota operoi Lapin liitto. Hankkeen osatoteuttajina toimivat Saamelaisalueen koulutuskeskus, Lapin ammattiopiston Sodankylä-instituutti sekä Venäjältä Moskovan yrittäjyysakatemian Murmanskin yksikkö ja Murmanskin teollinen lyseo. Kalottikeskus hallinnoi ja koordinoi hanketta. Hanke on käynnistynyt 11.12.2010 ja se kestää 10.12.2013 saakka.

Hankkeen omat nettisivut löytyvät osoitteesta www.kalottikeskus.fi/swop.

About SWOP

The project aims to create possibilities for, and support and increase, North Lapland – Murmansk cooperation in culture, education and business life and between people living in the program area. The project has started on 11.12.2010 and it lasts until 10.12.2013.

Specific objectives:

  • Increase the interest of Lappish students for cross-border cooperation, Russian culture, Russian language and to make students more aware of their own possibilities that cross- border cooperation has to offer in their expertise, know-how and competence.
  • Create the possibility for Murmansk students to gain practical experience in Lapland and to develop their expertise, know-how and competences in cultural issues, their field of study and to offer them the possibility to get acquainted with Lappish labour markets.
  • Strengthen the expertise of Russian and Finnish teachers on cultural issues, their own substance field and to introduce those new pedagogical practices and to support their working life contacts in North Lapland and Murmansk areas.
  • Increase the competence of Finnish and Russian companies on Russian and Finnish culture, language issues and to crystallize the unused potential they have in their grasp for cross-border cooperation in business and cultural life.

The main outputs for the project are:

  • Good practices and experience for organizing students’ exchange and teacher mobility.
  • Tailored and targeted education packages in culture and language for students, teachers and companies.
  • Seminars and publications from common fields of education and business.
  • Signed agreements for further cooperation between the educational institutions participating in the project.

Financing

The financing of this project is granted by the Programme Kolarctic ENPI CBC, which is one of the EU’s new ENPI financing instruments. Priority of this programme is people-to-people cooperation and identity building. The project type is integrated project. The Regional Council of Lapland works as the administrative authority of Kolarctic ENPI CBC Programme.

Budget

Total budget of the project is 555 436 € for the whole three years. Costs will be financed as follows:

  • 277 718 € (50 %) is EU finance
  • 277 718 € (50 %) is national co-financing from which
    • Russian national co-financing is 87 178 €
    • Finnish national co-financing is 190 540 €

Project partner’s own contribution to the national co-financing is 10 %.

Partners

The lead partner of the project is the Calotte Center. The human resources in total for the project are two full-time project managers (Finland and Russia) and one part-time project coordinator (Finland) during the whole project.

Other project partners are:

  • Moscow Academy of Entrepreneurship Murmansk Branch
  • Murmansk Industrial College
  • Sámi Education Institution
  • Sodankylä Institute (Lapland Vocational College)
  • Municipality of Inari

 

SWOP For Students

The expected results of outgoing Finnish students are 15 and outgoing Russian students are 25. Every outgoing student will take part in orientation studies which include seminars and/or studies about the differences in other cultures and basic language studies. Students will operate as tutors to each other while going abroad within the student exchange.

Student motivation
Student motivation includes planning and implementing the activities for student mobility before the student exchange in North Lapland and Murmansk area is ready to take place. Students are informed about the possibilities for student exchange and also about the practical issues such as daily allowances and accomodation. Also the students’ specific interests and goals during the student exchange will be noticed. The lead partner has the main responsibility for the planning process together with each participating educational institution.

Planning and developing orientation training
The orientation training prepares students for their exchange period abroad. The orientation training consists of language and culture training and of the practical matters of the exchange. Part of the planning is that the educational institutions prepare to offer support services for incoming trainees. Feedback is gathered form training and mobility experience and is used for the development of the training. The lead partner has the main responsibility for the planning process together with each participating educational institution. The educational institutions have the main responsibilities in organising and implementing orientation training.

Organizing student placements
The sending educational institution together with the lead partner is responsible for the practical and financial matters for students going for exchange period and seminars abroad. The local (receiving) educational institutions have a significant role in supporting visa arrangements and acquiring placements locally and utilising their existing company networks. The lead partner acquires placements for students also with company motivations and informing about the project. The main responsibility for placements – the content, quality and guidance is divided between the receiving and sending educational institutions.

Organizing support services
The lead partner organises together with each educational institution support services for the incoming students. The receiving educational institution will provide support and guidance for housing, cultural issues, practical matters and name a contact person.  The incoming students will be provided with a tutor student during the exchange period abroad.

Tutor student network
The receiving educational institutions with the support of the lead partner will organize tutor student network with other tutors in the projects partner institution. The network works mainly in the Internet and tutors have their own meetings alongside the field specific seminars. It is very important that tutors are able to co-operate with the students before, during and after the exchange period.

SWOP For Teachers

The expected results of outgoing Finnish teachers are 10 and outgoing Russian teachers are 20. It is very significant that teachers are involved and committed to project objectives right from the beginning. Teachers are a remarkable channel to motivate students to go abroad and they also have a strong network with local companies.

Teacher motivation
Teacher motivation includes planning and implementing the activities for teacher mobility such as getting the teachers acquainted with the curricles of the partner institutions. It also includes informing the teachers about the possibility to participate in teacher exchange. Through motivation the teachers will know how to use the exchange possibility and experiences in developing their field of study and eventually how to bring the know-how to their own institution’s curriculum development work. The lead partner has the main responsibility for the planning process together with each participating educational institution.

Planning and developing orientation training
The orientation training prepares teachers for their exchange period abroad. The orientation training consists of language and culture training and of the practical matters of the exchange. Planning and preparing orientation training also prepares the educational institutions for offering support services for incoming trainees. Feedback is gathered from training and mobility experience and is used for the development of the training. The lead partner has the main responsibility for the planning process together with each participating educational institution. The educational institutions have the main responsibilities in organising and implementing orientation training.

Organizing teacher mobility
The sending educational institution together with the lead partner is responsible for the practical and financial matters for teachers going for teacher exchange abroad. The local (receiving) educational institutions have a significant role in supporting visa arrangements and organizing the programme for the incoming teachers. Teacher exchange can consist of student placements’ quality assurance, networking, benchmarking, teaching, and field specific seminar participation. The quality assurance of the student placements abroad is an important part of the teacher exchange activities.

Organizing support services
The lead partner organises together with each educational institution support services for the incoming teachers. The receiving educational institution will provide support and guidance for housing, cultural issues, practical matters and name a contact person.

SWOP For Partners

Project organization
The lead partner is the Calotte Center. The human resources of the project are one full-time project manager and a part-time coordinator in the Calotte Center. One full time coordinator is working also in Russia. The human resources in total for the project are two full-time and one part-time employer during the whole project.

Project manager
Project manager working for the  lead partner will coordinate the whole project in Finland and in Russia. Project manager will ensure that the objects will be achieved and negotiate with the administrative authority of Kolarctic Enpi CBC Programme (Regional Council of Lapland). Project manager will take care of the payment applications and the necessary reports for the administrative authority. Same person will also inform the media as active as possible to make sure that people in target area will become familiar with the project.

Project manager working in Russia will coordinate the project actions in Russia and is the first contact person for the project manager working in Finland. It is very important that the project managers are able to negotiate with each other whenever it seems to be needful.

Part-time coordinator
Part-time coordinator will assist project manager so the project will proceed on time.

Accountant
There will be a part-time accountant in Finland and in Russia. Accountant will make the accounting reports according to the details and reports delivered by the project managers in Finland and in Russia.  Accountant actions will be bound by the ENPI programme regulations.

The Steering group
All the partners are represented in the project’s steering group.  Steering group has one representative from each partner in addition to the project staff and possible invited professionals. The steering group meets minimum once in 12 months and is responsible for the guidance, progress and evaluation of the project. Here are the organizations that have nominated one full member and one alternate member to the project steering group:

  • Calotte Center:Executive Manager Jaana Seipiharju (full member)
  • Sami Education Institute: Vice Principal Maritta Mäenpää (full member), Development Manager Janne Näkkäläjärvi (alternate member)
  • Lapland Vocational College, Sodankylä Institute: Lecturer Salme Lehtinen (full member), Director Aarno Lompolojärvi (alternate member)
  • Municipality of Inari: Member of Municipal Government Jari Huotari (full member), Member of Municipal Government Riitta Näkkäläjärvi (alternate member)
  • Murmansk Industrial College: Vice Director Oleg Ovechkin (full member), Director for Social Partnership & Student’s Employment, Ilona Zatonskaya
  • Moscow Academy of Entrepreneurship Murmansk branch: Director Mrs Inna Andrusenko (full member), Alexander Andrusenko (alternate member)

Project group
For the fluent implementation of the actions a smaller project group is formed. The project group consists of the project staff and can invite other authorities and professionals to be heard. The project group does on going evaluation on the project and discusses the practical matters and issues that are needed for an effective implementation of the actions. The project group uses mainly virtual meeting tools (for example Skype, Messenger etc) for monthly meetings in a way that minimum travelling is required for the administration of the project.

Project informing and reporting
The project informing is done by abiding the ENPI CBC protocol and instructions.  Internal informing is done through email and other programme applications that provide virtual meetings. Informing and practical matters are handled also through phone conversations as well. The project is visible also in the web pages of the partner institutions as well as at the web pages of the lead partner. The main media for the project is in the internet, which is used as a tool and a media channel.

News

SWOP Project came to an end

Posted on December 11, 2013 by editor

SWOP Project officially ended on 10th December. Partners will still continue co-operation by preparing the final report to JMA.

We would like to thank our partners, steering group members, stakeholders and JMA for the three wonderful years together! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Newsletter is released!

Posted on October 22, 2013 by editor

Check our latest project newsletter in Finnish and in English on Materials –folder. The newsletter contains information about project´s last autumn!

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4th steering group´s meeting was held at Ivalo 11.10.2013

Posted on October 15, 2013 by editor

The 4th and last steering group´s meeting was held at Ivalo last Friday. Present at the meeting were Jaana Sepiharju (Calotte Center), Raisa Järvenpää (Calotte Center), Paula Heikkilä (Calotte Center), Oleg Ovechkin (Murmansk Industrial College), Artur Ilyasov (Murmansk Industrial College), Maritta Mäenpää (Sámi Education Institute), Jari Huotari (Inari municipality) and Katja Sukuvaara (JMA). Also 2 students of Sámi Education Institute were present at the meeting, studying the conventions of a steering group´s meeting.

On behalf of project staff we would like to thank steering group for their activity and effort during project implementation time!

 

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Swop Project celebrated last 3 years in a closing seminar at Sámi Cultural Center Sajos

Posted on October 15, 2013 by editor

The day begun with welcoming words from project manager Raisa Järvenpää and continued with speeches from Ari Huhtala, Barents Consulting Ltd and Olga Nikitina, Kola District Municipality. After that project coordinator Paula Heikkilä introduced the operating model of the student and teacher exchange process. Representatives from every partner also gave speeches about the best practices in project.

During afternoon coffee break Annukka Hirvasvuopio-Laiti gave a wonderful performance. Annukka sang traditional Sami music accompanied with piano and a drum. The seminar ended with a panel session where participants of the seminar talked about future prospects of the cooperation between Northern Lapland and Murmansk region. Finally the partners in project signed a letter of intent stating that they are committed to continuing cooperation.

The seminar day was very warm in atmosphere and active in conversation. Also a lot of ideas about future possibilities in cooperation arose during the day. The seminar was complemented in the evening with a dinner celebrating friendships built during project. The dinner was full of laughter and a suitable ending to a wonderful day!

You can check photos from the seminar at gallery!

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Swop –project´s operating model has been released !

Posted on October 7, 2013 by editor

This operating model consist of the good practices and experiences that we gatheret during this 3 year project for organizing student and teacher exchange across Finnish and Russian border. This model acts as a tool for those who operate in the educational institutes the exchange or are planning to start a mobility programme between Finland and Russia.

We have compiled to this model basic information about the exchanges, what we did before the exchange, during and after exchanges and also our recommendations for the future exchanges. Hopefully this operating model will offer concrete help to everybody concerned in the exchange process. We also hope that this model will benefit more extensively the cooperation between Northern Lapland and Murmansk regions by enabling new possibilities for future collaboration.

You can find operating model on Materials -folder.

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Last exchange group from Finland had a wonderful week at Murmansk!

Posted on September 30, 2013 by editor

Last week project coordinator Paula travelled to Murmansk with 2 teachers and 2 students from Sodankylä Institute. We spent 4 days in Murmansk as guests of Murmansk Industrial College and Academy of Entrepreneurship. Once again project coordinator Artur was our guide through the whole week and he had compiled a very busy and thorough programme for us.

We arrived at Murmansk on Monday afternoon and first had dinner at Ogni Murmanska Hotel. The weather at Murmansk was rainy and cold, but after the dinner we went to visit statues Aljosha and Waiting Woman. At Tuesday we visited Murmansk Industrial College and Artur had also organized a visit at a Murmansk City children´s hospital for the girls who are students of social and health care services. Then we also visited museum of Murmansk Shipping Company and tried to visit icebreaker Lenin which was unfortunately closed. At evening we did some shopping at shopping center Forum.

On Wednesday we did a field trip to Apatity, Kirovsk and Kandalaksha. Kirovsk is a mining town and was very interesting city to visit for the 2 mining teachers from Sodankylä. We visited Mining Institute, Faculty of Mining of Petroskov university and also a mining museum. At Kandalaksh we visited a youth center and SOS children´s village. At evening we still had some time to go bowling before returning to Murmansk.

On Thursday we visited Academy of Entrepreneurship´s Murmansk Branch. We also got to visit the nearby orthodox church where the minister of the church gave us a memorable performance with the church bells. Then after a short trip to souvenir shop we were on our way back home!

The exchange group was especially impressed with the hospitality of Russian people. We were warm-heartedly welcomed were ever we went. The 4 days journey to Murmansk was very eye-opening and the group unanimously argeed that there are still persistent misconceptions about Russia that are not true. Hopefully in the future, the exchanges will continue in some form so that more and more people can experience that versatile and friendly Russia that we saw!  

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Meet our business student Jenna

Posted on September 13, 2013 by editor

Hi, I’m Jenna, 22-year-old business student in Sámi Education Institute and I will graduate in the summer of 2014. I am doing my on-the-job-learning period in Swop- project at 19th of August – 11th of October 2013.

I have participated in many different office tasks during the work-based learning. I have helped with compiling the payment request for the project and I have also helped in reporting. I will take part in closing seminar of the project, which will be held on the last day of my on-the-job-learning period. I will help organizing the closing seminar and I will also take photographs of seminar.

I have received  a lot of experience from office work as well as project work and it’s have been nice to see what it’s like to work in an international project. My on-the-job-learning is also at appropriate time because I will get to see what kind of closing seminar is, and how it is implemented.

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Final exchange group from Finland is getting ready to leave to Murmansk

Posted on September 13, 2013 by editor

The last exchange group from Finland to Russia is getting ready to leave! Group consists of 2 teachers and 2 students from Sodankylä Institute that will leave with project coordinator Paula to Murmansk on Monday 23th of September. The project staff has had a meeting with the exchange group and we have acquired insurances and visas already. There are still some practical matters to be taking care of but we are almost ready to leave. Everybody is also anxiously waiting for the programme of the visit from Russian project coordinator Artur. We are sure that once again Artur has compiled a very versatile and busy programme for us!

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The programme for the Swop seminar has been released!

Posted on September 6, 2013 by editor

Seminar theme is “the current state and future of the cooperation in the fields of education and business life between Northern Lapland and Murmansk region”

Date: Thursday 10th of October 2013
Venue: The Sámi Cultural Center Sajos, 99870 Inari

Please register here by 20th of September

There is simultaneous interpreting in Russian and Finnish in the seminar.

If you have any questions please contact us:

Raisa, raisa.jarvenpaa@kalottikeskus.fi, +35850 449 9724
Paula, paula.heikkila@kalottikeskus.fi, +358400 362 935

PROGRAMME   

09.00 – 09.30    Registration and coffee

09.30 – 09.45    Welcoming words: Raisa Järvenpää, Project Manager

09.45 – 10.30    Keynote: Topic issues and possibilities in cross-border business co-operation between     Lapland and Murmansk region. Barents Consulting Ltd: Ari Huhtala, Executive Director

10.30 – 11.15     Keynote:  Future cooperation between Northern Lapland and Murmansk region. Ministry of  Education and Science of Murmansk region: Nelly Belyaevskaya, Consultant

11.15 – 11.45    Operating model of the exchange process: Paula Heikkilä, Project Coordinator

11.45 – 12.45      Lunch

12.45 – 14.00     Project results and good practices from the perspective of partners (15 minutes/partner)

Murmansk Industrial College: Artur Iliasov, Head of Centre
Moscow Academy of Entrepreneurship, Murmansk Branch: Inna Andrusenko, Director
Inari Municipality: Reijo Timperi, Municipal Manager
Sodankylä Institute: Aarno Lompolojärvi, Director
Sámi Education Institute: Janne Näkkäläjärvi, Acting Rector

14.00 – 14.30      Coffee break

14.30 – 15.30      Panel session, Chairwoman Jaana Seipiharju: Visions of cross-border cooperation between Northern Lapland and Murmansk region.

Inari Municipality: Eila Rimpiläinen, Coordinator of International Affairs
Inari Municipality: Jari Huotari, Chairman of Inari Municipal Board
Murmansk Industrial College: Oleg Ovechkin, Vice Director
Moscow Academy of Entrepreneurship, Murmansk Branch: Inna Andrusenko, Director
Sodankylä Institute: Aarno Lompolojärvi, Director
Sámi Education Institute: Janne Näkkäläjärvi, Acting Rector

15.30 – 15.45   Signing ceremony of the contract for future cooperation between partners

15.45 – 16.00   Conclusion, Jaana Seipiharju, Chairwoman

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Final autumn at Swop Project has commenced!

Posted on August 13, 2013 by editor

The final autumn at our project is going to be a busy one! Most importantly, the closing seminar of the project will be held Thursday 10th of October at Sámi Cultural Center Sajos. We are working hard on finalizing the programme for the seminar and it will be published very soon.  At the closure seminar we will go through project results and good practices and of course, the operating model of the student and teacher exchange process.

Other activities to look forward this autumn are the last exchanges, external evaluation of the project, a field trip recommended by the European Commission and an online lecture from Russia to Finland. The final steering group meeting will be held after the closing seminar 11th of October. And of course, we still have a lot of reporting to do!

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Contacts

If you have any questions or you would like to have additional information about the project, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Project Manager
Raisa Järvenpää

Project Coordinator 
Paula Heikkilä

Project Manager in Russia
Oleg Ovechkin

LEAD PARTNER:

Calotte Center
Jokikuja 10
FI -99800 Ivalo
FINLAND
Contact person: Executive Manager Jaana Seipiharju

PARTNERS:
Sami Education Institute
Menesjärventie 4, P.O.Box 50
FI -99870 Inari
FINLAND
Contact person: Principal Liisa Holmberg
www.sogsakk.fi

Lapland Vocational College, Sodankylä Institute
Kaarrostie 10
FI -99600 Sodankylä
FINLAND
Contact person: Principal Aarno Lompolojärvi
www.lao.fi

Municipality of Inari
Piiskuntie 2
FI -99800 Ivalo
FINLAND
Contact person: Coordinator of International Affairs Eila Rimpiläinen
www.inari.fi

Murmansk Industrial College 
Festivalnaya Street 26
Murmansk 183001
RUSSIA
Contact person: Director Grigory Shatilo
http://pl6.murmansk.ru

Moscow Academy of Entrepreneurship Murmansk branch
Andrusenko Street 11
Kola, Murmansk Area
RUSSIA 
Contact person:  Director Inna Andrusenko 
www.mosapkola.ru