UNE NORTH: The Institute for North Atlantic Studies of the University of New England is an education and research leader for Maine connected to the North Atlantic/Arctic region grounded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and built to support local to global collaborative approaches to shared challenges and opportunities. UNE NORTH will develop innovative partnerships that support a healthy environment, human health and wellness, recycling economies, scientific and ecologically-educated societies. UNE NORTH will train the next generation of leaders — its students, researchers, business, and community partners — in sustainable development by building collaborative approaches to shared challenges and opportunities.


UNE NORTH brings the University of New England’s strengths in the life, health, and social sciences to bear on the North Atlantic’s shared challenges and opportunities. Demographic, geographic, climatic, and cultural similarities between Maine and North Atlantic/Nordic states have created a need and enthusiasm for impactful regional relationships. Leveraging UNE’s research and education strengths and its culture of innovative partnership, UNE NORTH convenes stakeholders from across the region to bring their combined curiosity and creativity to bear on the region’s health, social, environmental, and economic challenges.


To be a regional leader for innovative research and education partnerships that support and promote resilient communities, healthy environments, and thriving economies throughout the North Atlantic.


To forge new strategic local-to-global North Atlantic/Arctic research, education, and industry/business partnerships at the forefront of the region’s innovation economy; to catalyze the full potential of Maine/North Atlantic/Arctic networks to educate and empower sustainability leaders; to create a platform to develop and apply collaborative solutions to the region’s shared economic, environmental, social, and health challenges.

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