University of the Arctic

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Language-neutral map of the Arctic Ocean
Circumpolar North

What We Are

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. Our members share resources, facilities, and expertise to provide post-secondary education relevant and accessible to students and communities of the North.

UArctic works in partnership with indigenous peoples, recognizing their integral role in northern education, training, knowledge generation and transfer, and seeks to engage their perspectives and participation in all of its activities.

Our overall goal is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering northerners and indigenous peoples through education, training and shared knowledge. UArctic seeks to promote excellence in knowledge generation and knowledge application areas relevant to the North.

UArctic education is circumpolar, holistic, and diverse in nature and draws on our combined members' strengths to address the unique challenges of the region. UArctic promotes cooperation in a context in which recognized degrees are granted by the member institutions.

Our Vision:

"In the North, For the North, By the North — Towards a Sustainable World"

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Mission Statement

Guided by our vision and values, The University of the Arctic seeks to…

Empower the North…

 Empower the residents of the Circumpolar North, by building human capital through higher education.

  Improve Access to Education…

 Reduce barriers to higher education in the North in order to provide increased opportunities for northerners.

   Serve Our Community…

  Develop initiatives in partnership with our community, and particularly with indigenous peoples, that are responsive to their needs and support their aspirations.

   Create Shared Knowledge…

 Create Shared Knowledge and provide for quality discussion on contemporary issues related to the Circumpolar North.

  Build Regional Identity…

 Build a shared regional identity, while valuing inclusiveness and respect for diversity across the region.

  Strengthen the Voice of the Arctic…

 Strengthen the Circumpolar North's Role in the World by increasing knowledge about Arctic issues

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