On 29 September 2017, we marked our foundation with our traditional annual celebration.
We celebrated with speeches, singing and by awarding PhD diplomas.
An honorary doctorate was also appointed this year. This year, we were proud to award this honor to Jakob Janussen.
Jakob Janussen has been the director at the Home Rule Government, chairman of the Greenlandic Self-Government Commission and head of the Greenlandic Secretariat of the Greenlandic Danish Self-Government Commission.
Based on Jakob Janussen's extensive work and significant effort for the Greenlandic society - with information and education of the population, the design of the political system and the work on the daily administration of the Home Rule Government, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree at Ilisimatusarfik.
PhD dimplomas and the importance of education
This year, acting rector Suzanne Møller also awarded two PhD diplomas.
To Andreas Møller Jørgensen for his PhD: The Power Inherent in E-Democracy: Greenlandic Experiences, Practices, and Visions.
To Ann Eileen Lennert for her PhD: A Millennium of Changing Environments in the Godthåbsfjord, West Greenland - Bridging cultures of knowledge.
Research and education are the cornerstones in the work of Ilisimatusarfik, and in her speech Suzanne Møller emphasized the importance of education:
”To educate oneself is to take ownership. Nothing in a society can create such fundamental changes, as when the population educate themselves. It is important for economics, lifetime, health, development and change and much more".
In addition to Ilisimatusarfik students and employees, representatives from the Greenlandic government and Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq, the business sector and other close partners participated in our annual celebration.
Journalist education for 35 years
This year, Ilisimatusarfik celebrates the 35 year anniversary for the Greenlandic journalist education - of which the last ten years have been as part of University of Greenland.
The anniversary is marked e.g., by the publication of the book "Tusagassiornermik ilinniartitsineq 1982-2017 – Journalistuddannelsen i Grønland 1982-2017". The book describes why and how Greenland got its own journalist education.
The 35 years of the education is vividly described by some of the key people in the development of the education, including the transition to becoming a bachelor education in 2008. Former students tell about their experiences, and past and present heads of the education describe the challenges the education has had to fight with.
The journalist education in Greenland has graduated many journalists throughout its existence - and more are coming. But the education is small and has also been exposed to several "assassination attempts" over the years - so far without success.
Today, the education has taken its first step towards becoming a research based education, and now we have plans for establishing a further education beyond the bachelor's degree. That is a desirable development for a small but significant education in Greenland.
Contributors to the book are among many others Aqqaluk Lynge, Ole Ramlau-Hansen, Svend Møller, Rie Rasmussen, Ole Marquardt, Sofia Geisler, Naimah Hussain, Malînánguaq Marcussen-Mølgaard, Noah Mølgaard and Tungutaq Larsen.
The book also contains pictures from all the graduations throughout the history of the education.
The book is published in Danish and Greenlandic, with a summary in English.
With brush and knife
Students from the teacher programme exhibit a series of paintings at Ilinniarfissuaq - which they have made with their guest teacher Henrik Saar.
The exhibit is titled "With brush and knife".
Based on the basic concepts of geometry: the equilateral triangle, square and circle - as well as the phenomena of polygons - a thorough introduction has been given to the components that explain the reflections concerning image composition and shape and color of modern paintings.
The importance of dialogue is also emphasized in the students' way of working, as they work together 2 and 2. In the paintings, naturally they have worked with a brush, but in some cases also with a knife - to create texture and movement in the paintings. Likewise, a fork or other gear could have been used. Focus has been placed on "Contemporary Art", which constantly puts the picture into a relationship between the historical tradition and cultural relations, including the multicultural aspect.
The students have all been part of a course that by experience can be implemented immediately in primary and lower secondary schools from the 5th grade, as well as in adult education in high schools or similar.
You can see some of the pictures below - and even more on our Facebook-site
First teacher students with exams in natural science field work
On 09 September, an exam in field work took place for seven teacher students. It is the first time that the natural science field work has been assessed with an exam.
Lars Demant-Poort, PhD at the Institute of Learning, says that the students have been studying field work during their education; both on land around rivers, in the mountains and in the fjord in cooperation with Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.
Lars Demant-Poort also says that the purpose of the field work and the exam is to give future science teachers the skills to move the teaching into nature in a professionally qualified manner.
Here, particular attention has been paid to the fact that the science education that future teachers are taking with them to primary school can awaken enthusiasm; e.g., by students studying plants and animals based on their own hypotheses, and that students learn to study relationships in nature - and most importantly: that students' curiosity on the world around them is strengthened.
The natural science field work is further aimed at strengthening students' general science education in primary and lower secondary schools, with an ultimate goal that more young Greenlanders choose a science education.
Photographer: Lars Demant-Poort
Invitation to seminar: Public participation in Arctic extractive industries
This one-day intensive seminar explores the status of public participation in extractive industry decision making in the Arctic and look for ways to improve the quality of the experience and the results for all stakeholders.
Three panels of experts will examine in turn: resource development in Greenland; the international law regarding participation; and participation in practice.
There will also be three open discussion sessions during which all attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and views. The seminar brings together experts from Greenland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, England and Brazil.
The seminar is open to all and there is no fee to attend, but we request registration in advance to facilitate the necessary catering.
The seminar will be held in English.
When: Tuesday 17 October 2017, at 08.00 - 18.15
Where: Auditorium at Ilisimatusarfik campus Ilimmarfik