The minister will open the seminar Polar, Environment and Climate Research, which is to be held at the Norwegian Expo pavilion in Shanghai on september 9-10, and witness the signing of the renewed research cooperation agreement between the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Aasland will also visit the China Nordic Cultural Centre at Nanjing University, and have talks with officials from Jiangsu provincial authorities. Among the topics for discussion are research collaboration and education exchange between the two countries Norway and China.
This will be the second time in two years that the Minister of Education and Research visits China and Shanghai. The visit will be an opportunity to further enhance cooperation with China in the fields of research and higher education.