In keeping with UArctic’s philosophy that education is a continuum and learning is a lifelong process, the individual projects within the UArctic IPY higher education and outreach cluster
use diverse approaches to target audiences at different stages along the continuum, including professional development for teachers and participation of primary and secondary schoolchildren, undergraduate research experience and new course development, graduate research training and networking, graduate and early career professional development opportunities, indigenous peoples’ knowledge and learning, and application of new technologies. For more on these projects, see the project cluster page
Likewise, UArctic’s collaborative higher education and outreach programs hosted in member institutions in arctic countries are many and varied, providing rich learning opportunities for northerners and the greater global community: 1) The Circumpolar Studies Program
uses academic and indigenous knowledge, and multi-method delivery in teaching about the North via courses held around the world in the classroom, in the field and online; 2)The UArctic Field School program
composed of short, thematic, field-based courses, provides experiential learning in northern locations; 3) The GoNorth program
provides the opportunity for non-Arctic residents to go north to the Arctic to learn about the Arctic; 4) The North2north program
is a multilateral exchange program that facilitates student mobility in circum-arctic higher education; 5) The Northern Research Forum
promotes and enables open discussion among policymakers, business people and other interest groups, the international community, and the research community; 6) The Open Learning program
addresses the need for short-term skills training needed by northern residents; 7) Graduate Networks
facilitate the education of young researchers through sharing of experience and knowledge to promote regional cooperation and identity, build an academic community, and develop opportunities for education and communication with policy-makers.
UArctic’s education programs together with the other IPY Higher Education and Outreach cluster projects have global linkages and reach, creating a unique network for higher education and outreach during IPY and beyond.