East meets West

In July 2017, 55 students from East Asia and the Nordic countries will gather for a 10-days summer course: NEWDAY - the Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy.

The idea for NEWDAY grew out of an annual course Understanding Asia, presented at the Nansen Academy by Nordic and Asian scholars since 2014. In a fast-changing and increasingly multipolar world, there is an urgent need to understand and empathize with diverse societies and cultures. Relations between the three East Asian countries and the five Nordic countries are long standing and positive, and, we are sufficiently different to discuss new and alternative ideas and solutions to the global challenges that currently confront us, from different positions and perspectives. The motivation for NEWDAY comes from a strong belief that global and cross-cultural conversation and collaboration are urgent and necessary peace promoting activities.

With NEWDAY we offer students from East Asia and the Nordic region the chance to meet and engage with each other, with top scholars and political leaders on some of the most pressing issues the world faces today.

NEWDAY is a training camp for cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication with class room teaching, lectures, dis-cussions, socializing, workshops, and excursions. The social and academic climate we offer is creative, open-minded and challenging. Lillehammer and its surroundings are beautiful. Norwegian summer days are long and even the nights are full of light.

NEWDAY is named after the Norwegian Polar explorer and diplomat Fridtjof Nansen. Following his pioneering spirit we aim at creating an event that will be a lifetime experience for all participants and a foundation for a growing network of concerned global scholars. Together we can make a difference.

 

Geir Helgesen, Director

NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies