The University of the Arctic’s research Office will be the place to find the next generation’s polar researchers, famous polar researcher Artur Chilingarov has stated. The formal opening of the office was at the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk.
Chilingarov is the Russian President’s special aide on Arctic and Antarctic affairs is appointed scientific leader of the University of the Arctic’s first research office.
UArctic President Lars Kullerud sees the establishment of a research office as a critical step in creating a collective capacity for UArctic members to coordinate northern research.
“Our goal is to educate students from northern universities for future positions in the Arctic Council and other international institutions,” said UArctic President Lars Kullerud at the opening.
UArctic is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. UArctic has members more than 140 member institutions in all eight Arctic states.
The members share resources, facilities, and expertise to build post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students.
UArctic is a decentralized organization, with offices, programs and other functions hosted at member institutions in the Circumpolar North. The administration is located at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. But until now the network has not had its own office for research.
The University of the Arctic and Arctic Portal work close together on numerous projects.