Appointed individuals from Member institutions form the Council of UArctic. The Council functions as the member forum for consultation, cooperation and for the implementation of UArctic programs through the member institutions. All members have the right of representation on Council.
UArctic is unique in its design and implementation of programs, thus we have developed several documents that explain the structure of the organization, how members fit into the framework, and the various programs in which you can participate. Feel free to browse through the Members section of our website for further details.
UArctic Membership [as per UArctic Bylaws]
UArctic has two membership categories and within each category there are two membership types:
1. Full Members
(a) Higher Education Institutions
(b) Other Organizations
2. Associate Members
(a) Higher Education Institutions
(b) Other Organisations
The Council of UArctic decide on the category and type for each new member, based on recommendations from UArctic’s Membership and Nominations Committee, which are to be guided by the following principles;
Full Members of UArctic are whole institutions or organizations, with an interest in and commitment to higher education and research in the Circumpolar North, located in the eight Arctic countries of Canada, Denmark / Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, and the USA.
Associate Members of UArctic are institutions or organizations, with an interest in and commitment to higher education and research in the Circumpolar North, located outside the eight Arctic countries. Irrespective of geographic location, subsidiary entities such as independent institutes, branch campuses, and departments, independent of nationality, may qualify for Associate membership.
Higher Education Institution members are independent universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher education having their own registered students. The primary role of educational institution members is to develop and deliver UArctic academic programs.
Other Organization members include indigenous peoples’ organizations with an international focus, research centres, educational associations, consortia / networks of higher education institutions, and research and policy networks. Priority will be given to indigenous peoples organizations represented in the Arctic Council as permanent participant organizations. The primary role of organizational members is to provide important expertise, different kinds of resources, and consultative links to key constituencies.
Participation and Representation
Full members may participate in and lead the development and delivery of UArctic program activities, while Associate members may participate in the development and delivery of UArctic program activities, but cannot lead them.
Educational institution members have the right to participate in UArctic academic programs according to the principles and procedures determined by the Council of the University of the Arctic, while Organizational members do not normally deliver UArctic academic programs, but do contribute to their development.
All members have equal rights of representation on the Council, with each member having one representative and one alternate. Each full and associate member institution or organization is entitled to develop its own procedures for selecting one representative and one alternate for the Council. Each full-member institution and organization has equal voting rights as a member of the Council. Associate members may take part in Council meetings as non-voting members.
The practical organisation of UArctic activities is based on some basic principles; details of these are available in the "Principles for Operation and Management of UArctic Activities" section of the UArctic Guidelines for Organization and Management document (see link below).
Each full and associate member is responsible for supporting their own participation at Council meetings and other UArctic events.
Each full and associate member is required to comply with UArctic's reporting requirements.
Each full and associate member is required to pay an annual membership fee as determined by the Council.
NOTE for applicants: institutions / organisation who have been selected as new members in 2014 do not have to pay UArctic’s membership fee for the year they have been elected by Council; the first year of membership fee payment will only commence in the following year (i.e. 2015).
In acting on all applications for membership, the Council is guided by the following criteria: