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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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_538

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...

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