NEWDAY will provide a platform for university students from East Asia and the Nordic region to engage in dialogues on current global challenges, to learn from each other, and to foster harmonious relations between prospective future leaders. The academy will provide a unique opportunity for the students to learn about and debate contemporary issues based on acquired knowledge of great Eastern and Western thinkers and humanitarians, presented by scholars from leading universities in East Asia, the Nordic countries, Europe and the USA. 

The NEWDAY summer course will take place at the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway from 4-14 July 2017 and include various training programs as well as daily lectures and discussion groups. Ten students from each of the three East Asian countries, and five students from each of the five Nordic countries will be selected, in total 55 students.

From the East Asian region the project is supported by scholars from Fudan University, Tsinghua University and Shandong University in China, Kyoto University and Tokai University in Japan; and Yonsei University and Korea University in Korea. In the Nordic region, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen representing a consortium of 27 Nordic universities, is the leading coordinator of the project, together with the Nansen Academy.

The NEWDAY summer course is a non-profit event. Participants and/or their university will have to cover travel expenses and costs for accommodation. In special cases, if funding is unavailable at the home university, the NEWDAY project has a limited pool for funding support.

NEWDAY is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies and the Nansen Academy with support from the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS).

NCM and TCS are cooperation bodies mandated to promote cooperation and mutual understanding. The Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy project operates in line with this basic idea of promoting regional and cross-regional cooperation.