Tue, Dec 03, 2013

UArctic Strategic Plan 2020

Our Vision

An Empowered North – With Shared Voices

Our Mission

Empower the people of the Circumpolar North by providing unique educational and research opportunities through collaboration within a powerful network of members.

Our Values

Circumpolar
UArctic promotes northern voices in the globalizing world, reflecting common values and interests across all eight Arctic states and among all northern peoples and cultures.

Inclusive
UArctic promotes cultural diversity, language plurality and gender equality while highlighting the partnership between the region’s indigenous peoples and other northerners.

Reciprocal
UArctic promotes respectful relationships in education, science, research and policy based on reciprocity, equality and trust between northerners and other partners. This approach values the inclusion of traditional and indigenous knowledge systems, together with multidisciplinary perspectives from the arts, social and natural sciences.

How We Serve the North

UArctic benefits students, public and private sectors, and the North as a region by creating strong international collaboration among its members that:
  • Creates shared knowledge, competences and resources by matching capacity to needs
  • Connects traditional and indigenous knowledge systems with modern academia
  • Partners with northern communities and indigenous populations to respond to their educational aspirations and requirements
  • Bridges dialogue across different sectors and regions of the North, and with the world
  • Builds shared services that facilitate and promote cooperation and collaboration
  • Increases collaboration opportunities for our community of faculty, staff and students
  • Promotes the collective views of its members and broadens the voice of the North in the world

Our 2020 Goals

Educational Access for Northern Students
Students in the North have access to the best and most relevant instructional and training resources.
  • UArctic leads student mobility efforts among the Arctic states
  • Northern students have easy access to and participate in top-quality undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the Arctic
  • Northern students have easy access to field schools and joint programs among UArctic member institutions
  • Northern students can participate in degree programs, shared courses or field schools initiated by UArctic Thematic Networks
  • UArctic members combine student and faculty mobility with research cooperation adding values to learning environments
Research Representation in the North
UArctic members are the key participants in Arctic research.
  • UArctic maintains the foremost inventory of Arctic research capacity
  • UArctic members are involved together in addressing critical Arctic research issues
  • The Arctic Council and others look to UArctic and its members as their shared infrastructure to address relevant research needs
  • UArctic Thematic Networks link educational and research programs that identify and respond to the strategic needs of the Arctic states
  • UArctic develops new methods to combine academic research and traditional knowledge through participation by and with northern communities.
  • UArctic works with IASC, IASSA and other partners to build strong northern-relevant and collaborative research capacity in the North
Expanding Knowledge of the North
UArctic is a leader in expanding knowledge about the North.
  • UArctic’s Circumpolar Studies is the leading curriculum for overall circumpolar understanding
  • UArctic members use the network to attract students interested in the North
  • UArctic members’ research results are accessible to researchers, policy makers and the public
  • UArctic members share instructional, training and research resources to expand northern knowledge
  • UArctic Thematic Networks communicate their efforts to the broader public
Engaged Membership Network
UArctic members gain value by their participation in the organization.
  • UArctic members cooperate with each other on multiple levels, focusing on faculty, institutional leadership and international collaboration
  • Past and present UArctic students form a community who share pride in their knowledge
  • UArctic represents its members’ interests internationally by promoting their diverse and shared capacity to serve northern communities and interests
  • UArctic has a sustainable business model providing necessary infrastructure to support the network
  • The Arctic Council, the Standing Committee of Arctic Parliamentarians and other Arctic leadership institutions recognize UArctic and its members as the educational, training and research engine of the North

Strategic Plan also available as PDF download, including Background section

Wed, Feb 15, 2006

Mission Statement

Guided by our vision and values, The University of the Arctic seeks to…

Empower the North…119,1728

 

Empower the residents of the Circumpolar North, by building human capital through higher education.

 

Improve Access to Education…106,578

 

Reduce barriers to higher education in the North in order to provide increased opportunities for northerners.

 

Serve Our Community… 240,2394

 

 

Develop initiatives in partnership with our community, and particularly with indigenous peoples, that are responsive to their needs and support their aspirations.

 

 

Create Shared Knowledge…108,3270

 

Create Shared Knowledge and provide for quality discussion on contemporary issues related to the Circumpolar North.

 

Build Regional Identity…120,568

 

Build a shared regional identity, while valuing inclusiveness and respect for diversity across the region.

 

Strengthen the Voice of the Arctic…107,2725

 

Strengthen the Circumpolar North's Role in the World by increasing knowledge about Arctic issues

 

Empower the North…

Empower the residents of the Circumpolar North, by building human capital through higher education.

University of the Arctic programs strive to provide northern residents with a unique and diverse education that will open opportunities for growth, research and sustainable practices in the North. Our graduates are familiar with various regions of the Arctic and will have an in-depth understanding of the problems and concerns facing the indigenous groups of those regions. By the end of the program the students will have determined what tools are needed to sustainably maintain or develop the Arctic while protecting the environment and peoples, as well as, acquire the skills and the knowledge to actively participate in Arctic issues.

Improve Access to Education…

Reduce barriers to higher education in the North in order to provide increased opportunities for northerners.

The realities of the Arctic region's geography: vast distances, great cultural diversity, and small communities and institutions, require a special effort to deliver education that is accessible to all northerners - an education that is committed to the sustainability of this region and the needs of the people who have built their lives there.

Accessibility to post-secondary education has long been a concern for northern residents. In addressing this issue, UArctic has developed innovative, unique courses offered in the classroom, in the field or delivered online, making relevant curriculum more readily available to northern learners. Our commitment to reducing barriers to education in the North is demonstrated in programs of Access and Mobility, including the north2north student exchange program, and the Arctic Learning Environment.

Serve Our Community…

Develop initiatives in partnership with our community, and particularly with indigenous peoples, that are responsive to their needs and support their aspirations.

The University of the Arctic's programs are comprehensive and address a wide variety of issues in the Arctic. Our programs promote the development of shared knowledge and understanding, access to education, and sustainable practices in the Arctic. A comprehensive program of northern-relevant curriculum, the Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies, provides new and innovative content for member institutions.

The University of the Arctic also aims to promote cultural diversity, language plurality, and gender equality while highlighting the partnership between the region's indigenous peoples and other northerners. Our organization focuses on the sharing of knowledge and history, as well as provides for quality discussion on contemporary issues related to the circumpolar North.

Create Shared Knowledge…

Create Shared Knowledge and provide for quality discussion on contemporary issues related to the Circumpolar North.

UArctic's priorities are education, knowledge generation and cultural/environmental awareness in the Arctic, and each member of the UArctic community plays a unique role in addressing these issues. Through UArctic, indigenous groups in the circumpolar North have the opportunity to work collaboratively on relevant Arctic issues and develop educational material for UArctic students, while educational institutions have the opportunity to share resources, increase teaching capacity and enrich northern curriculum. UArctic can provide opportunities for faculty members, to travel and build connections with other northern scholars through programs such as the UArctic Field School and PhD Networks. Northern students benefit most from UArctic, as the programs offer opportunities to study at home, in the classroom and on other northern campuses around the world.

Build Regional Identity…

Build a shared regional identity, while valuing inclusiveness and respect for diversity across the region.

UArctic aims to make the distances between Arctic communities smaller by creating a network of member institutions and giving them the opportunity to provide unique experiences for their students. For example, students at one institution can interact with other UArctic students and faculty members around the world via the web or by participating in a UArctic northern exchange program. These opportunities close the distances between Arctic communities and build a sense of identity and fraternity for the many diverse regions of the North. In this way, the University of the Arctic is able to forge a shared identity between northerners who learn and work together in order to build a better future for the region.

Strengthen the Voice of the Arctic…

Strengthen the Circumpolar North's Role in the World by increasing knowledge about Arctic issues

UArctic provides a voice for the North in the rest of the world, through the encouragement of arctic research and knowledge networks like the Northern Research Forum and Circumpolar Universities Association, and through processes of open learning. This concept supports relevant training for northerners addressing contemporary issues like adaptation to global change, integrated ecosystem management (co-management), applied traditional subsistence, eco-tourism etc. This knowledge not only benefits the participants in the programs, but also provides a base for educating the general public on the values, issues and qualities of the North.

UArctic activities are currently implemented and supported by an International Secretariat, hosted in Rovaniemi, Finland by the University of Lapland.