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International Initiatives


Teachers College and Reykjavik University in Iceland

Teachers College began working in partnership with Iceland's Reykjavik University to encourage and support a wide range of academic exchanges between the two institutions.

Founded only a little more than a decade ago, Reykjavik University is Iceland's first private university and among the first of a growing number of private universities in Europe. Reykjavik University brings together a range of disciplines, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through the School of Business, Computer Science, Health and Education, Law, and Science and Engineering. Reykjavik University seeks to become a leading center for international research collaboration for scholars and scientists from Europe and North America, along the lines of Aalborg University in Denmark, Ben Gurion University in Israel, and the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Since the Memorandum of Understanding was signed, TC and Reykjavik University have hosted the exchange of several graduate students in health education and public health. Behavioral and social scientists at TC and Reykjavik University's Institute for Social Research and Analysis have also collaborated on research investigating the links between health behavior and the health status of children and adolescents and their academic achievement. During the 2010-11 academic year, TC hosted an Icelandic research professor and an Icelandic postdoctoral fellow, both in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies. TC and Icelandic faculty scholars will also be collaborating with an international team of scientists from Reykjavik University, Kings College London, Northwestern, the University of California at Irvine, and the Icelandic Ministry of Health, to formulate a SoBio  initiative, the aim of which is to launch a long-term longitudinal study to better understand the bio- epigenetic, social, and behavioral determinants of healthy growth and development, using whole-population, birth-cohort data from Iceland.

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Photos from left to right: President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson with Susan Fuhrman