The Model Arctic Council: Educating Postsecondary Students on the Arctic Council through Simulation and Experiential Learning

Lead Author Brandon, Boylan
Institution Contact Department of Political Science University of Alaska Fairbanks P.O. Box 756420 Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6420 United States
Co-Authors Mary Ehrlander Arctic and Northern Studies University of Alaska Fairbanks PO Box 756460 Fairbanks, AK 99775-6460 United States
Theme Theme 4: Building Long-term Human Capacity
Session Name 4.6 Gaining a better understanding and awareness of the Arctic through education and outreach
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 03:30 PM - 03:45 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text The Arctic Council has been at the forefront of coordinating the agendas and policies of states and indigenous communities of the region as they respond to the challenges of living in the far north. Yet, two decades after its founding, the Arctic Council’s mandates, processes, and functions remain little understood. Thus, the Model Arctic Council (MAC) is a new initiative designed to educate students at postsecondary institutions about urgent issues facing the Arctic and the work of the Arctic Council, with a long term goal of developing leadership capacities within the region. The University of Alaska Fairbanks hosted the first fully international MAC program in March 2016, organized as a thematic network within the UArctic. This presentation explains the inception, planning, execution, and outcomes of the MAC 2016 program, highlighting the value and challenges of offering the program and institutionalizing it.
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