2018-09-13 / Community News

UNE now part of northern collaborative

The University of New England was recently welcomed as the newest member of the University of the Arctic, a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in the peoples and places in the New North. By building and strengthening collective resources, providing a collaborative infrastructure and forging global partnerships, the University of the Arctic promotes thriving and sustainable communities and economies in the northern region of the world. UNE, the first university in Maine to become a member of the organization, joined nearly 200 institutions from around the globe in bringing its education, research and outreach strengths to bear on issues unique to the developing north.

According to UNE president James Herbert, demographic, geographic, climatic, and cultural similarities between Maine and the North Atlantic/ Nordic states have created a need and enthusiasm for impactful regional relationships that can support thriving and sustainable communities and economies.

“Joining the University of the Arctic is an exciting next step in utilizing both UNE’s expertise and curiosity to explore ways to help shape Maine’s and the Arctic region’s vibrant future,” he said in a press release.

The University of New England will engage in all University of the Arctic programs. The north2north student mobility program will allow UNE students to apply for exchange grants to fund study at any of the participating UArctic institutions. Students may even take advantage of online courses and programs offered by UArctic partners. UNE faculty and researchers will be able to participate and even take leading roles in thematic working groups focusing on a range of topics, from Arctic environmental, marine, and social-political sciences to distance education and social work.

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