The University of the Arctic (UArctic)

Introduction

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.

The UArctic Strategic Plan is also available as PDF download, including Background section.

Our Vision An Empowered North – With Shared Voices

Our Mission Empower the people of the Circumpolar North by providing unique educational and research opportunities through collaboration within a powerful network of members.

Our Values Circumpolar UArctic promotes northern voices in the globalizing world, reflecting common values and interests across all eight Arctic states and among all northern peoples and cultures.

Inclusive UArctic promotes cultural diversity, language plurality and gender equality while highlighting the partnership between the region’s indigenous peoples and other northerners.

Reciprocal UArctic promotes respectful relationships in education, science, research and policy based on reciprocity, equality and trust between northerners and other partners. This approach values the inclusion of traditional and indigenous knowledge systems, together with multidisciplinary perspectives from the arts, social and natural sciences.

Themes of study include:

  • Indigenous peoples, their cultures, languages and politicial aspirations
  • Climate change and its impacts
  • Natural resources and extractive industry economies
  • International relations and geo-politics
  • Ecology, northern ecoystems and biology

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Programs

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Master

Circumpolar Studies

Campus January 2017 Norway Bergen

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The Circumpolar Studies program is an exciting way for students attending University of the Arctic member institutions to learn about the North, with courses held in the classroom, online, in the field, and around the world. The Circumpolar Studies (formerly known as BCS) program gives you the opportunity to learn about the lands, peoples, and issues of the Circumpolar North and prepares you for advanced study or professional employment in fields as diverse as sustainable resource management, self-government, Arctic engineering, and northern tourism. Special emphasis is given to matters concerning Indigenous people of the Circumpolar North. The Circumpolar Studies core curriculum has been developed as a collaborative effort of UArctic member institutions, involving leading experts on circumpolar issues. The Circumpolar Studies program consists of two required components: Circumpolar Studies Core and an Advanced Emphasis. The Circumpolar Studies Core Courses consists of a single lower-level introductory course and six upper-level advanced courses in three interdisciplinary fields of study. Together, the core enables students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the lands, peoples, and critical issues of the Circumpolar North. Advanced Emphases are programs of study, roughly equivalent to a semester of schooling, that focus on the advanced research of an area, issue, or problem of particular relevance to the North and for its people. Circumpolar Studies Core courses and Advanced Emphases are offered on-site at participating UArctic member institutions. Contact circumpolarstudies@uarctic.org for general academic advising for students interested in Circumpolar Studies, and to students already participating in the program. [-]

Master of Arctic Art and Design

Campus Full time August 2017 Finland Rovaniemi

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University of Lapland Whether you are interested in service design, northern well-being, or juridical standpoints of sustainable development, you can count on our know-how. We combine Arctic expertise with fields such as design, law and social sciences, and our unique one-year Arctic Studies Programme offers an interdisciplinary perspective in current Arctic issues. We also educate the best teachers in the world. Add to this our excellent student support services and the cosy atmosphere of our modern campus, and you will discover why the University of Lapland is the perfect choice for studying in the North. Located in the city of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle, the University of Lapland is also the northernmost university of Finland and the European Union. As a research-based higher education institution, our teaching and research facilities offer students and scholars the opportunity to pursue academic excellence at all levels, all the way to doctoral studies. We have internationally recognized faculties in the fields of law, education, social sciences, and art and design, all offering master- and doctoral-level studies to international applicants as well as exchange studies from undergraduate to doctoral level up to a full academic year. The Arctic Art and Design master’s programme is located at the intersection of art and design, utilizing the dynamics of both fields. The programme is characterized by a human-centred approach by examining and applying methods from user-centric approach and co-design to participatory approach in visual arts. The studies introduce and projects address issues related to the Arctic and the circumpolar north, thus creating a challenging environment for the student to foster ability for creative and innovative solutions. As a student in the Arctic Art and Design master’s program, you will be at the intersection of art and design, gaining knowledge and skills based in applied visual arts and service design. You will develop expertise in the themes of art and design for extreme affordability, focusing on need-finding of the users, user empathy, user-centred design, rapid prototyping and iteration, and collaborative dynamics and issues of social design, as well as expertise in emerging methods in visual arts, such as participatory approach. Further, you will learn in-depth skills and competencies in community-centred design and community and environment-based art in the context of the Arctic and the circumpolar north. You will also develop your skills in recognizing entrepreneurial opportunities as well as improve your portfolio presentation skills. You will also acquire solid researcher’s skills through academic communication and methodological courses as well as the master’s thesis, which then allows you to continue research towards a doctoral degree. [-]

Master of Technology Management

Campus Full time Canada

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Memorial University of Newfoundland It’s an interesting place, Newfoundland and Labrador... and not somewhere you tend to arrive at by accident. And here in Canada's youngest province, you will find a very distinct university - Memorial University. We tend to think we have more than our fair share of free thinkers, unconventional l adventurers and colourful personalities. So, is Memorial right for you? Read on, and find out. As the only university in Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University is home to almost 19,000 students across four campuses. It has over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs and is a world leader in such diverse fields as archaeology, naval architectural engineering, linguistics, recreation, rural health care, ocean and natural sciences. Memorial has great choice in campuses, extraordinary and unique. Broaden your career perspectives. Acquire the knowledge and skills that will allow you to become an effective manager. The Master of Technology Management (MTM) is an innovative program, the first of its kind in Canada, providing educational and career enhancement opportunities for busy, working professionals. Courses in the program are designed to equip you with the skills to manage the challenges and dynamics of industries driven by technological innovation and to think strategically about issues that encompass the management of engineering technology. The MTM program will provide you with strategic planning and decision making skills in the context of technology-based organizations. You will have an understanding of the nature, structure and operation of technical operations, and the factors that influence business decisions and success of engineering technology-based organizations. [-]

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