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


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.