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    About CANOPY

    With the support of the Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir)’s NOTED program, the Faculty of Education and Arts at Nord University, Norway and the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada, in cooperation with local schools in the Nordland, Trøndelag, and Ontario regions, have joined to establish the CANOPY Project (Canada-Norway Pedagogy Partnership for Innovation and Inclusion in Education). This partnership aims to address, from a holistic and international perspective, the most pressing issues currently facing the education sector to better prepare the next generation of teachers. Connecting educational research, classroom experience, student mobility, and institutional management, CANOPY will develop global competencies in pedagogy, research, and training through international collaboration.

    Innovation and Inclusion are the guiding principles of CANOPY, and the initiatives of each year of the project will focus on a different priority area comprehended by these principles

    2020/21: Educational Leadership

    2022: Digital Innovation and Educational Technology

    2023: Indigenous Studies, Diversity, and Inclusion

    2024: Exceptional Learners

    About Queen's University

    The University

    Founded in 1841, Queen’s is one of Canada’s leading universities with an international reputation for the outstanding academic quality of its students and faculty. We were recently voted #1 one in Canada among international undergraduate students in the International Student Barometer. Queen’s University takes an inclusive approach and offers learning beyond the classroom; this experience includes the most clubs per capita of any Canadian University as well as a robust international exchange program with more than 220 partners.

    Queen’s research-intensive environment and interdisciplinary program offerings provide students with the comprehensive and nimble skills required in today’s competitive and evolving workforce with 91% of Queen’s grads employed within six months after graduation.

    Bolstered by the outstanding reputations of its scholars and researchers — including 2015 Nobel Prize winner Arthur B. McDonald — a Queen’s education can provide unparalleled access to careers and personal development opportunities around the world.

    Home to more than 24,000 students, Queen’s boasts an undergraduate graduation rate of 93%, diverse learning opportunities, a broad range of students services and supports, unmistakable school spirit, and a tight-knit global network of 159,000 alumni in 153 countries. Ultimately, to attend Queen’s University is to join an international community of lifelong learners and accomplished leaders.

    The City: Kingston, Ontario

    Rated one of the 5 great university towns in the world by the BBC, Kingston is a charming mid-sized city of some 120,000 people that combines the cultural, social and artistic benefits of a larger city with the tranquility and intimacy of a small town.

    The city is scenically located in the beautiful Thousand Islands region of Eastern Ontario, where Lake Ontario empties into the majestic St Lawrence River, and is conveniently located within three hours of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa by road or rail, and is only half an hour from the US border. Kingston is also accessible via air, with flights arriving and departing from the Norman Rogers airport.

    Home to Canada’s first prime minister, Kingston’s rich history is alive in beautiful 19th century limestone architecture and over 20 museums and national historic sites.

    The city also boasts a large number of restaurants, with over 100 in a 9 block radius downtown. There are lots of different cuisines on offer, and the eateries are close to live entertainment venues including the K-Rock Centre (home of the Kingston Frontenacs hockey team), Confederation Park, and Market Square, which regularly see live music, sports, and cultural events throughout the year. Annual events include Chili Fest, Movies in the Square, Limestone City Blues Festival, Feb Fest, Music in the Park, and much, much more.

    Find out more about Kingston.

    Information provided by Queen’s University.

    About Nord University

    The University

    Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue & green growth, innovation & entrepreneurship, as well as welfare, health & education. Nord University has 11,000 students and 1,300 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway, with its largest campus in Bodø, Nordland.

    The Faculty of Education and Arts (FLU) educates tomorrow’s teachers from preschool to upper secondary school, and with specializations ranging from sports to the fine arts. Our candidates play a vital role in the knowledge-based development of society. Our research emphasizes the teaching profession and professional teaching practices. The Faculty offers a doctoral program (PhD) in the study of professional praxis. FLU has 3500 students and 350 academic faculty & administrative staff members.

    The City: Bodø, Nordland
    Home to the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer, Bodø is a vibrant city north of the arctic circle. Recently named the European Capital of Culture for 2024, this city of 50,000 boasts a rich tapestry of history, art, music and culture – from stone age carvings and Viking graves to music festivals and state-of-the-art theatre halls. Beyond the appeal of its urban centre, Bodø is especially famous for its outdoor offerings and adventure sports, including:
    • Caving in the Northern Hemisphere’s largest cathedral cave, Svarthammarhola.
    • Ocean rafting and scuba diving in the world’s largest tidal current, Saltstraumen.
    • Free skiing on one of many 1,000m peaks.
    • Hiking up Keiservarden, Bodø’s most famous viewpoint.
    • Glacier wandering on Svartisen.
    • Snorkeling with Orcas in Vesterålen.
    • Surfing at Unstad in Lofoten.
    • Climbing the peaks of Børvasstindan.

    Find out more about Bodø.