The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

University of the Arctic (UArctic)

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University of the Arctic (UArctic) – a project launched in 2001 and presents itself an international cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations with an interest in promoting education and research in the North.

The criteria of U. activity include circumpolarity, variety, and integrity. The overall goal of the U. is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering indigenous peoples and other northerners through education, mobility, and shared knowledge, contribute to shaping a solid image of the region, and enable the rest of the world to hear “the voice of the Arctic.”

U. is the only university-level truly circumpolar educational program and presents itself one of the world’s largest educational and research networks which incorporates over 130 members and covers 24 time zones within and outside the Circumpolar North.

U. members come from eight Arctic countries. In 2011 associate membership was introduced for non-Arctic countries. The program now also incorporates not only university-level educational establishments but also research institutions and indigenous organizations aimed at promoting higher education and Arctic studies.

U. truly prides itself on the innovative character of its programs. It has developed a decentralized functional model aimed at joining efforts and reinforcing the creative potential of the educational and research institutions of the North, broadening their geographic scope and facilitating the economic development of the whole region.

The motto of U. – “With Shared Voices” – underscores the university’s commitment to diversity and unity as its primary values. The key element of the U. policy is a solid partnership with the indigenous peoples of the North as a safeguard that their interests will be recognized and observed in all aspects of U. activity.

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