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 will be open to students from any higher education institution in the world. The program will occur approximately biennially, taking place over the course of seven days at a UArctic university in the country chairing the Arctic Council.

The seven-day Model Arctic Council will include orientation and plenary lectures, working group meetings, ministerial meetings, presentations etc. Outcomes of the Model Arctic Council will include a report to Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and the Arctic Council, as well as publication of a meeting report and outcomes in a peer-reviewed journal.

Current and Planned Activities

  • The pilot Model Arctic Council took place in Arkhangelsk, Russia, February 25-28, 2014.  The first fully developed MAC will be held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 9-15, 2016. Applications for participating in the event will be made available in early fall 2015.