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