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University of the Arctic

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is an international cooperative network based in the circumpolar region. Its members are universities, colleges and other organizations with an interest in promoting education and research in the Arctic North. UArctic was launched on June 12, 2001, endorsed by the Arctic Council and in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Rovaniemi Process and the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy.

The overall goal of the University of the Arctic is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering indigenous peoples and other northerners through education, mobility and shared knowledge.

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Ilisagvik College is a public community college located in Barrow, Alaska, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. The College is the first of a projected five tribally controlled colleges to be created in Alaska and is the northernmost accredited community college in the United States. Accredited in 2002 by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, it offers Associate's degrees as well as one-year certificates in a number of fields...

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Ann Bancroft (born 29 September 1955 in Mendota Heights, Minnesota) is a United States author, teacher, and adventurer. She was the first woman to successfully finish a number of arduous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.

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  • The University of Alberta (image) hosts a centenary event 6-7 February 2009, featuring the world premiere of the movie Inuit Odyssey.[1]

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Arkhangelsk, Arkhangelsk Province (Russia)

Arkhangelsk Technical University, Arkhangelsk (Russia)

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...that the capital of the Nunavut Territory in Canada is Iqaluit?

...that last year, Greenland voted to become a separate state within the Kingdom of Denmark, effective from June 2009?

...that the only area that still officially bears the name of Lapland is in Finland?

...that the University of Akureyri is the home institution of 9% of Iceland's students?

...that the Sámi University College in Norway has students from all four states covered by Sápmi (area)?

...that the Pomor Humanitarian University of Arkhangelsk is named after the region's own Mikhail Lomonosov, one of the most important academics of Russian history?

...that the Swedish Sámi Lars Levi Læstadius was not only a religious reformer but also a botanist and gatherer of Sámi pre-Christian folklore?

...that the University of Alaska Fairbanks is the flagship campus of the university system of Alaska, USA?

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What we know for certain is that this [the Arctic] is the main stage of global warming. That the melting ice is our time's canary in the coalmine. That the most dramactic consequences of these changes will not be experienced in the North, but just as likely in the middle of Africa where drought is increasing, water is disappearing and humans are driven into exile.
Source - [1] Jonas Gahr Støre
  1. ^ http://uarctic.org/singleNewsArticle.aspx?m=83&amid=6048
  2. ^ http://uarctic.org/singleNewsArticle.aspx?m=226&amid=5953