TODAY- Public Lecture by Micheline van Riemsdijk: Battle for the Brains: Recruitment of Skilled Migrants to Norway

Engineers and IT specialists are in demand in high-income countries. These countries vie to attract the best and brightest workers, and companies recruit nationally and internationally to meet their talent needs. This presentation examines the recruitment strategies of companies in the IT sector and the oil and gas industry in Norway, and the destination choices of highly skilled migrants. The presentation shares findings from interviews with HR managers, migrants, and other stakeholders in international skilled migration. In conclusion, the presentation focuses on the ways in which actors and institutions shape international skilled migration flows, and how migrants influence and shape the cities in which they work and live.

This event is hosted by the Department of Scandinavian Studies, Department of Geography and the Lectures Committee General Fund

4pm, 1418 Van Hise Hall. Meet & Greet at The Sett in Union South at 5:30.

WI Idea: Bringing environmental education to rural Ecuador

Before they even left for their study abroad program in Ecuador last spring, UW-Madison students Brenna O’Halloran (B.A. Geography, Environmental Studies) and Lauren Feierstein had already decided they wanted to stay for the summer as well.

In a pre-study abroad meeting, Catherine Woodward, a professor in the Nelson Institute as well as president of the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation in Quito, Ecuador, offered to students the “Ceiba Tropical Conservation Semester” program the possibility of summer research funding for service projects.

That conversation turned into an application for the Wisconsin Idea Fellowships through the Morgridge Center for Public Service. O’Halloran and Feierstein developed a proposal for a three-day environmental education training workshop for elementary and middle school teachers from the rural communities of Tabuga, Camarones and Tasaste in coastal Ecuador. Read more