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On May 16th, during the second day of the 2021 UArctic Congress, the UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education was officially launched in a virtual session led by its managing director Anthony Speca and co-leads Heather Nicol and Gary Wilson. Laera or Læra means learning in Icelandic and Norwegian.

The new LÆRA logo was officially introduced and the website formally opened. The logo and website are proudly designed and hosted by the Arctic

The UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education was established in 2020 to support and strengthen UArctic member capacity to deliver locally appropriate and pedagogically high-quality Circumpolar Studies programmes, without compromising their own academic flexibility.

LaeraInstitute WebpageThe Læra Institute will renew and revitalise the UArctic Circumpolar Studies programme, not by updating centrally planned curricula, but by developing and maintaining best-practice educational resources for Circumpolar Studies. The Læra Institute will also help to knit UArctic together as a borderless academic community by hosting workshops for UArctic faculty on Circumpolar Studies teaching and pedagogical innovation, and by convening undergraduate symposia for UArctic students studying the Circumpolar World.

The Arctic Portal team welcomes the Læra Institute to its community, wishes it all success, and looks very much forward to long lasting collaboration.    

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