Opening remarks by Stefán B. Sigurðsson, Rector, University of AkureyriThe second day of meeting within the UArctic Rectors´ Forum took place today at the University of Akureyri. In the keynote speech, Stefán B. Sigurðsson, Rector of the University of Akureyri, highlighted its importance for Arctic educational institutions as it is of a strategic – Central Arctic location.

The key Arctic – related institutions that are located in Akureyri were mentioned during the opening session. Introduction of partners and representatives took place.

During the second part of the morning session, Dr Sigrún Sveinbjörnsdóttir, Proffessor of psychology at the University of Akureyri gave a keynote about enhancing and sustaining the human resource of the North. She highlighted a need and an important role of equality and flexible learning for health.

Advantages and disadvantages of distance learning were discussed as well as methods of building relationship between teachers and students.

The UArctic Rectors´ Forum will continue until Saturday, when all the participants will enjoy the excursion to beautiful late Mývatn in the North – East Part of Iceland.