Overall Goal

  • Maximize the educational benefit from each country’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council
  • Enhance collaboration and student mobility among Arctic and non-Arctic educational institutions
  • Expand students' awareness of the Arctic Council, Arctic issues, and international politics
  • Prepare students to assume leadership roles in the Arctic
  • Develop students' public speaking, diplomacy, negotiation, and deliberation skills

Main Activities

The Model Arctic Council is open to students from any higher education institution in the world. The program occurs biennially, taking place at a UArctic university in the country currently chairing the Arctic Council.

The program includes orientation, plenary lectures, and meetings in which participants simulate the work of Arctic Council working groups, Senior Arctic Officials, and Ministers. Outcomes of the Model Arctic Council are reported to Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and other Arctic Council officials.

Planned Activities

Past Activities

  • The first fully developed international Model Arctic Council was held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 9-15, 2016.
  • The pilot Model Arctic Council took place at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk, Russia, February 25-28, 2014.