Nordic Summer University (NSU) is a Swedish non-profit organisation. Since 1950, NSU has been an independent academic institution, which organises winter and summer symposia that draw international participants across disciplines in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Particular attention has been paid to cross-disciplinary areas not yet targeted by larger research institutions. The practice of NSU addresses two fundamental premises of a knowledge-based welfare state: production of knowledge based on academic freedom and democratic practice of self-governance.
Grounded in the universal Nordic values of equality, democracy and openness, the Nordic Summer University brings a richness through the diversity of its participants and representation from all the Nordic and Baltic regions. NSU is also built upon the understanding that we grow during adversities, that acts of personal contributions are important and that there needs to be a transparent acknowledgment of the value of voluntary work. The Nordic Summer University calls upon everyone to engage in the democratic decision-making process which forms the heart of the operation of the organisation.
Another key value of NSU is that families with children can participate at the summer sessions. NSU therefore provide what we call a Children’s Circle for participants who are between three and thirteen years old. During the Summer Session, which is usually held in the Nordic or Baltic countryside, children engage in a range of fun activities while their parents contribute to their own Study Circles.
NSU provides opportunities for participants to be challenged out of their comfort zones, participation in a non-hierarchical space and intellectual stimulation, activities during which there is a resonance between people, methods and goals. To achieve this, it is important that we purposefully think and work across academic boundaries and actively encourage the expression of different perspectives. We nurture and have slow thinking through reflective dialogue. During the NSU activities, the members of the organisation share their learning journey with others, achieving inter-personal growth through being present together for several days.
Nordic Summer University is created by people and for people. Do you want to be a part of the present and future of NSU? Apply for study circle’s activities. Or become a volunteer or a funder (write to the board)!