UArctic Institutes

UArctic Institutes

• UArctic institutes, or centres, are units at member institutions devoted to circumpolar cooperation, normally within a specific area.

• UArctic institutes can be physical entities with assigned staff, or a group of experts that assign part of their time to a physical or virtual centre at a member institution or distributed among a few members.

• UArctic institutes must found their operations on UArctic values and work towards some of the UArctic goals and are typically devoted to some of the objectives of a thematic network or specific functions of UArctic programs.

• Members of UArctic can be granted the right to use the UArctic label for institutes and centres based on a formal application and external evaluation procedure with final approval from the Board.

• UArctic institutes each have their own governance system and funding mechanism. The UArctic President can, on a case-by-case basis, give UArctic institutes the right to use the UArctic identity for specific fundraising initiatives.

• UArctic institutes report on their activity to UArctic annually, and their status as a UArctic institute will be evaluated by UArctic regularly, at a minimum every third year.

• UArctic institutes normally pay a UArctic fee. The fee is based on the turnover of the institute and shall be kept at a modest level. The fee is agreed for a three-year period.

Currently UArctic has following Institutes

1.) UArctic Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy At Dartmouth College (approved by Board on November 2008)
The UArctic Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy is a cooperative effort between Dartmouth College and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The mission of the Institute is to advance the objectives of the UArctic Strategic Plan 2008-2013 by promoting discussion and analysis of critical issues facing the region and its people and to provide appropriate educational opportunities and policy-oriented advice as northern peoples face the challenges resultant from climate change. Other UArctic members, and in particular relevant thematic networks, are invited to cooperate with the Institute with expertise and advice.

2.) UArctic Institute; The Northern Research Forum (NRF). NRF Secretariat is located in University of Akureyri, Iceland (approved by Board on June 2009)
The Northern Research Forum is an international forum that provides an international platform for an effective dialogue between members of the research community and a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, educators, politicians, business leaders, civil servants, community leaders, NGO representatives, and resource users and managers. The Forum facilitates research on issues and problems relevant to the contemporary Northern agenda and believed to have global significance. The main mission of the NRF is to address the critical issues and highlight the opportunities which face people living in the regions of the Circumpolar North including the Nordic Region. Important topics and challenges include community viability, social and human capital, knowledge(s), quality of life, sustainable development and use of natural resources, energy efficiency, governance, human and environmental security, and environmental risks and threats, particularly climate change. Developing the capacity to address these issues is also central to the mandate of the NRF as a UArctic Institute.

[3.) UArctic Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry (EALAT UArctic Institute), cooperation of Sámi University College (SUC), the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR), (in Board agenda on December 2009)]

The EALAT UArctic Institute is a cooperative effort between Sámi University College (SUC), the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry (ICR). The Institute aims at a continued contribution to a holistic strengthening of knowledge development, research, education, monitoring, information and outreach for circumpolar reindeer husbandry. The Institute has a circumpolar focus, and work for the benefit of circumpolar reindeer herders. The Institute serves as a tool for recruiting indigenous youth to scientific work, while contributing to build local competence in reindeer herders’ societies, through mobilizing different partners. In doing so, the institute seeks to develop and implement research on themes important for reindeer husbandry; recruitment of indigenous students, their training and education; community-based workshops, seminars and conferences in circumpolar reindeer herding areas; and outreach of the total activities of the Institute, including research results.