University of the Arctic Mission: Empower the North… Improve Access to Education… Serve Our Community… Create Shared Knowledge… Build Regional Identity… Strengthen the Voice of the Arctic… Vision: In the North For the North By the North About U Arctic
Empower the North…
Improve Access to Education…
Serve Our Community…
Create Shared Knowledge…
Build Regional Identity…
Strengthen the Voice of the Arctic…
In the North
For the North
By the North
The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. Our members share resources, facilities, and expertise to build post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students. Our overall goal is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge.
We promote education that is circumpolar, interdisciplinary, and diverse in nature, and draw on our combined strengths to address the unique challenges of the region. The University of the Arctic recognizes the integral role of indigenous peoples in northern education, and seeks to engage their perspectives in all of its activities.
Board of Governors
Council of UArctic
2 International Secretariat
3 International Academic Office
4 UArctic Press Editorial Office
5 north2north Student Mobility
6 Undergraduate Studies
7 UArctic Field School
8 Northern Research Forum
9 UArctic Thematic Networks
10 IPY Coordination Office
Circumpolar Studies Program (BCS)
Arctic Learning Environment (ALE)
Knowledge and Dialogue
Northern Research Forum
Circumpolar Universities Association
Mimir – Research Outreach Program
The Circumpolar Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program specifically developed to meet the needs of northern communities. Students can take courses online or on-campus at UArctic member institutions.
Arctic & Boreal Entomology Course
July 7 - 18, 2008
Are you interested in:
. the ecology of insects across one of the world's most important ecotones?
. the diversity, taxonomy and evolution of the insect fauna across the northern limit of trees from boreal forests to the arctic tundra?
The Open Learning program offers shorter courses than the BCS program, and has more emphasis on practical courses and skills training. The programs subjects are contemporary issues relevant to the North, such as adaptation to global change, integrated ecosystem management, traditional subsistence, eco-tourism, etc.
This program is still under development, but has already shown success: the first Open Learning course, a specialized course in environmental impact assessment (EIA) for indigenous peoples, was offered by Saami University College in . Funding was received from the Finnish Ministry of Education, the Danish Government, and UNEP.
The UArctic Field School catalogue is an online database of field excursion courses in which students from UArctic member institutions can participate. Please find the latest course descriptions, dates, and application and contact information in our catalogue.
The Field School Catalogue includes courses from around the Arctic, which are…
If you are interested in having your course listed in the UArctic Field School Catalogue, please contact the International Secretariat at email@example.com. You may also contact the Field School coordinators, Rasmus O. Rasmussen and Eystein Markusson.
The University of the Arctic's graduate education programs feature three PhD Networks, which also play a lead role in the UArctic Field School.
The north2north student exchange program provides opportunities for students to experience different northern regions firsthand, and to share experiences face-to-face by allowing students to study at other UArctic institutions.
NorthTREX (Northern Teaching Resources Exchange) is designed to bring recognised northern experts to centres of higher education for short term teaching residencies.
Short term residencies would last from one to twelve weeks and meet both the needs of host institutions and the schedules of individual faculty members.
Finnmark University College
Luleå University of Technology
Murmansk Humanities Institute
Scandinavian Seminar Group
Syktyvkar State University
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Lapland
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Oulu
University Center in Svalbard
University of Tromso
The initial program task force submitted a proposal to the EU Erasmus Mundus program in 2005 and was granted financial support for two years (ending in December 2007) to develop the program through a GoNorth! project with 12 UArctic partner institutions.
The Northern Research Forum provides a platform for effective, policy-relevant discussion and the sharing of research on northern issues.
Meetings are held biennially with the participation of a wide variety of scientists, policy makers and representatives of other stakeholders.
Thematic Networks encourage faculty and institutional cooperation on subjects of shared interest among UArctic members. UArctic Thematic Networks aim at stimulating cooperation, sharing of resources, and are important tools for developing the stable relations among member institutions that form the backbone of UArctic activities. This includes student and faculty exchange, and joint curriculum and degree development as well as research. Currently operating networks and their web sites can be found on the left column of this page.
The Circumpolar Universities Association is an organ for cooperation between universities and other institutes of higher learning and research in the northern circumpolar region. The aim of the CUA is to encourage cooperation and promote higher learning and research in northern areas. The CUA hosts a biannual Circumpolar Universities Cooperation Conference. The last conference was held in November 2003, in Whitehorse, Yukon.
CUA’s role is to represent the interests of higher education in the circumpolar North to governments and non-governmental organisations.
CUA is governed by its Steering Committee, and operates according to the CUA Charter.
Mimir is a research outreach program that was created to ensure that there are strong ties between the planning process for Arctic research and Arctic communities.
UArctic is involved in two major international Arctic research events which are occurring now or in the next few years:
Mimir's primary responsibility is to plan and coordinate the outreach portion of UArctic's participation in both ICARPII and IPY.
The UArctic will play a key role in education and outreach during the International Polar Year (IPY). Endorsed by the IPY Joint Committee, UArctic will be the official provider and coordinator of IPY higher education and outreach activities.
The International Polar Year IPY begins in March 2007 and ends in March 2009. IPY is an internationally-coordinated program to explore new frontiers in polar science, improve our understanding of the critical role of the polar regions in global processes, and educate the public about the polar regions.
Web site: http://www.uarctic.org
Contacts at the University of Manitoba:
Office of International Relations
Jim Dean, Executive Director (U Arctic Council Representative)
Rhonda Friesen, International Cooperation (Communications Rep)
Associate Vice-President (External)
John Alho (President’s Representative on BoG)