Chonnam National University (CNU) and University of Stavanger (UiS) have strong educational activities in the fields of marine technology and fishery. However, there is a need for specific knowledge and research on challenges related to the development of fishery and aquaculture activities in a harsh cold climate environment, and how to manage the marine resources in a sustainable way. Through the High North Program finances by DIKU. Both universities and SINTEF Ocean have been engaged in the project “ Fishery and Aquaculture Technology in Cold Climate Region” for the last three years. The project is led by Professor Muk Chen Ong at UiS.
During May 2019 a delegation from UiS, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE visited CNU. The delegation consisted of Associate Professor Lin Li, Senior Advisor Bente Dale and Master Student Pulkit Dewan from UiS, Senior Scientist Dr. Thorleifur Agustsson, NORCE and Senior Scientist Dr. Karl Gunnar Aarsæther from SINTEF Ocean.
The delegation held a one day seminar for students and staff at CNU, presenting topics for discussion related to the current development in Norwegian aquaculture and related opportunities and challenges as well as research activities. Researchers from the South Korean team presented the newly established “Smart Aquaculture Research Center” and their research interests.
The delegation also visited the brand new and impressive Chonnam National University training and research vessel with technical equipment from Kongsberg Maritim in Norway. CNU has also excellent facilities such as a Ship Training Simulator and a Wave simulator. In the future, the Norwegian delegation hopes to exchange master students, for master thesis projects making use of these very good research facilities.
During the visit the Norwegian delegation also attended meetings with the international affairs office at the Gwangju campus. The discussions were fruitful and the agreement between CNU and UiS is now extended to include student mobility in general.
The next meeting will be held in Stavanger in September/ October 2019.
Text: Bente Dale