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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

ExndMinnow - The Minnesota - Norway Collaboration for excellence in education and research on adaptation to climate change

Alternative title: ExndMinnow - Samarbeid om forskning og undervisning innen infrastruktur og klimatilpasning

Awarded: NOK 4.1 mill.

The ExndMinnow project is a collaboration between three institutions that form a core team for the partnership; SINTEF Research Institute, the University of Minnesota (UMN), and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The basis for this INTPART application is the Center for Researched-based Innovations, Klima 2050. The overall goal of Klima 2050 is to reduce the societal risks associated with climate change within the built environment: Development of moisture-resilient buildings, stormwater management, blue-green solutions, measures for prevention of water-triggered landslides, socio-economic incentives and decision-making processes. In ExndMinnow, we continue to develop and grow the educational and research collaborations among the three institutions. The project aims to continue development of joint courses between NTNU and UMN (working towards a joint degree program) and strengthen and support ongoing joint research activities. Klima 2050 has a strong research education focus that ExndMinnow will use for writing workshops at the MSc and PhD levels.

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The basis for this INTPART application is the Center for Researched-based Innovations, Klima 2050. The overall goal of Klima 2050 is to reduce the societal risks associated with climate changes and enhanced precipitation and flood water exposure within the built environment. Emphasis will be placed on development of moisture-resilient buildings, stormwater management, blue-green solutions, measures for prevention of water-triggered landslides, socio-economic incentives and decision-making processes. Three institutions form the core team for the partnership; SINTEF Research Institute, The University of Minnesota (UMN), and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). NTNU is the Norwegian higher education institution with degree programs at BSc, MSc, and PhD level. The partners of the Klima 2050 consortium will be connection points for relevant activities and specifically for innovation ideas, where the consortium of partners and the innovation arena of Klima 2050 play key roles. It is the aim of the project to utilize the full partnership of the Klima 2050 This project contributes towards INTPART overall objective to develop world-class research and education in Norway by combining two high ranked academic intuitions, a world class research institute and the collaboration with the private and public partners of Klima 2050 to form a very strong team. Specifically the: - The partnership focuses on one of the biggest challenges of the societal adaptation to climate change. - The partnership builds on established relationship and collaborations to them to the next level making them long term through activities that will live beyond the life of the project. - The partnership includes two public universities with strategic vision and commitment to student change opportunities. - It will educate and foster students and doctoral candidates with world class research skills through collaboration with the Klima 2050 research training center.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research