We regret to inform you that NEWDAY 2020 is cancelled due to the ongoing corona pandemic.

Creating better relations by seeking mutual understanding and harmony in diversity. In August 2020, students from East Asia and the Nordic countries will gather for a week long summer course: NEWDAY – the Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy.

For the fourth time, we invite participants to Lillehammer. The idea for NEWDAY grew out of an annual course Understanding Asia, presented at the Nansen Academy by Nordic and Asian scholars since 2014. In a fast-changing and increasingly multipolar world, there is an urgent need to understand and empathize with diverse societies and cultures. We will discuss new and alternative ideas and solutions to the global challenges that currently confront us, from different positions and perspectives.

The motivation for NEWDAY comes from a strong belief that global and cross-cultural conversation and collaboration are urgent and necessary peace promoting activities.


With NEWDAY we offer students from East Asia and the Nordic region the chance to meet and engage with each other, with top scholars and political leaders on some of the most pressing issues the world faces today.

NEWDAY is a training camp for cultural understanding and cross-cultural communication with class room teaching, lectures, dis-cussions, socializing, workshops, and excursions. The social and academic climate we offer is creative, open-minded and challenging. Lillehammer and its surroundings are beautiful. Norwegian summer days are long and even the nights are full of light.

NEWDAY is named after the Norwegian Polar explorer and diplomat Fridtjof Nansen. Following his pioneering spirit we aim at creating an event that will be a lifetime experience for all participants and a foundation for a growing network of concerned global scholars. Together we can make a difference.

Application form and programme

  • Updated information and application form will be published on the NEWDAY website

Organisers and programme steering committee

  • Geir Helgesen, SOAS University, London, and Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Unn Irene Aasdalen, Director of the Nansen Academy, Lillehammer, Norway
  • Daniel A. Bell, Professor, Tsinghua University/Dean Shandong University, China
  • Chunrong Liu, Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai, Co-Director, Fudan European Centre for China Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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