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University of the Arctic

In September 2018, the University of New England became a member of the University of the Arctic.  What does this mean for UNE students, faculty and researchers?  What are the opportunities now available to the UNE community?

What is the University of the Arctic?

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North.

UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research and outreach we enhance human capacity in the North, promote viable communities and sustainable economies, and forge global partnerships.

What are the benefits for UNE students?

UArctic's member institutions are the leading experts in circumpolar education, and offer many programs and courses on a wide variety of northern-related topics. The UArctic Study Catalogue features northern relevant courses and programs offered by institutions throughout the eight Arctic countries in the Arctic region and may be available and of interest to undergraduate and graduate students at UArctic member institutions.

What are the benefits for UNE faculty and researchers?

UArctic's Thematic Networks are the primary means of cooperation between member institutions and their faculty and researchers. UArctic's Thematic Networks foster issues-based cooperation within networks that are focused but flexible enough to respond quickly to topical Arctic issues. They form a framework for development of UArctic education and research providing a structure for increasing the knowledge generation and sharing across the North.

Thematic Networks include:

  • Social Work
  • Northern Nursing Education
  • Distance Education and E-Learning
  • Geopolitics and Security
  • Arctic Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Science Diplomacy
  • Arctic Coastal Communities for Sustainability
  • World Images of Indigenous Peoples of the North

UArctic also offers a range of research resources to member institutions to facilitate research activities and collaboration. Resources include:

  • Research Infrastructure Catalogue — a searchable online database of infrastructures and facilities located at and operated by the UArctic member institutions
  • UArctic Atlas — a visual and geographic overview of the Arctic region, including its physical environment and socio-cultural life.
  • Research Analytics Reports — The Research Analytics Task Force has produced four publications, together with leading partners from the scientific publishing industry including Digital Science, ÜberResearch, Altmetric, and Elsevier's Research Intelligence).
  • Snowy OWL Talks — videos based on public presentations by inspirational leaders, expect to serve as general information as well as supplementary course material for students studying in or about the North.

How do I get involved?

If interested in getting involved with UArctic, contact Barry Costa-Pierce at UNE NORTH to explore the opportunities!