Heads of circumpolar universities at UArctic Forums

November 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Advisory, CEOS, Environment and Geography, Indigenous, International Centre for Students, Natural Resources Institute, News Release, Students, business, conference, human ecology, sustainability

The University of Manitoba is hosting nearly 90 presidents and representatives of academic institutions from across the eight circumpolar countries for the University of the Arctic Rectors’ Forum. 2012 marks the first time a Canadian institution has been selected to host this event.

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. Its members share resources, facilities and expertise to build post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students.

“The University of the Arctic Rectors’ Forum is a unique opportunity for presidents of Northern and Arctic universities of circumpolar nations to meet and discuss issues related to education, challenging ourselves to pioneer new exchanges and research partnerships,” says Dr. David Barnard, president and vice-provost, University of Manitoba.

UArctic promotes education that is circumpolar, interdisciplinary, and diverse in nature, and draws on combined strengths to address the unique challenges of the region. It recognizes the integral role of Indigenous peoples in northern education, and seeks to engage their perspectives in all of its activities.The three-day conference focuses on collaboration in research and higher education, fostering research partnerships and increasing research and faculty mobility amongst the countries and institutions.

For more information, please contact Janine Harasymchuk, marketing communications, University of Manitoba, at: 204-474-7300 or cell: 204-799-4802

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