Milestones in UArctic History

August 2009
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12th UArctic Council meeting in Kiruna

June 2009
*UArctic Board meetiung in Yakutsk
*3rd UArctic Rectors' Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk

April 2009
*Shared Voices Newsletter Special Edition for Thematic Networks published

November 2008
*UArctic Board meting in New York
*UArctic Insitute 'Applied Circumpolar Policy' established.
 
July 2008
*Shared Voices Newsletter Special Edition for IPY legacy is published

June 2008
*11th UArctic Council Meeting, Edmonton 

April 2008
*New BCS Office Opened in Bodø University College

March 2008

*UArctic Board meeting in Oulu

February 2008
*Graduate Area MoU Signed
*Second UArctic Rectors Forum, Rovaniemi 28-29.2.2008
*UArctic Charter approved and signed

January 2008 
*The UArctic Studies Catalog Office Opened

October 2007

*New Director for Catalogue Project to Amherts Stidies Ctalog Office
*UArctic Board of Governors meeting in Fairbanks Alaska

September 2007

*Extension of Call for Proposals: Regional Office of Undergraduate Studies for Russia
July 2007
*Open Call for UArctic Graduate Area Leader and Members of the Program Team

June 2007
*10th meeting of the Council of UArctic, Arkhangelsk, Russia
*Call for Proposals: UArctic Regional Offices of Undergraduate Studies

April 2007

*Government of Saskatchewan funding for UArctic announced
*North2north gets more funding from the Government of Canada
*UArctic announces a new position in Amherst, MA, USA

March 2007 
*UArctic Rectors' Forum Established

February 2007

*IPY launches

January 2007
*UArctic Events Calendar onlin

October 2006
*UArctic Rusian Information Center established in Sakha State University, Yakutsk, Sakha, Russia

September 2006
*UArctic International Academic Office moves to Northlands College, La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada

June 2006
*9th UArctic Council meeting in Bodo, Norway
*the first Circumpolar Studies Program graduates in Bodo

July 2005
*The Board of Governors initiates a comprehensive evaluation process
*University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA and UArctic agree on the development of coordination capacity for UArctic's involvement in the International Polar Year (IPY)
*A Task Force is established to lead UArctic's IPY projects

June 2005
*UNEP/GRID and UArctic sign a memorandum of understanding to develop an online course catalogue

May 2005

*UArctic publishes the Strategic Plan 2005-2010
*8th UArctic Council Meeting: Oulu, Finland. The new Thematic Coordination Office at Oulu University, *Finland and the UArctic Press Editorial Office at the University of Alberta, Canada are announced, *GoNorth is accepted as a program under the Mobility Strategic Area

Apr. 2005
*UArctic’s proposal to the International Polar Year is identified as the leading proposal in the Education, *Outreach and Communication cluster

Feb. 2005
*A Task Force is formed to develop south2north program guidelines as part of the strategic mobility program
*An International Academic Office is opened at University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. The Office will coordinate student records from all member institutions and track which courses are transferable from one institution to another

Jan. 2005

*The UArctic submits an Expression of Interest to the International Polar Year (IPY) Secretariat in Cambridge, England. The proposal aims to include the University as a whole as a project in the IPY
*The Northern Research Forum (NRF) launches a new website at www.nrf.is

May 2005
UArctic publishes the Strategic Plan 2005-2010
8th UArctic Council Meeting: Oulu, Finland. The new Thematic Coordination Office at Oulu University, Finland and the UArctic Press Editorial Office at the University of Alberta, Canada are announced, GoNorth is accepted as a program under the Mobility Strategic Area

Apr. 2005
UArctic’s proposal to the International Polar Year is identified as the leading proposal in the Education, Outreach and Communication cluster

Feb. 2005
*A Task Force is formed to develop south2north program guidelines as part of the strategic mobility program
*An International Academic Office is opened at University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. The Office will coordinate student records from all member institutions and track which courses are transferable from one institution to another

Jan. 2005
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The UArctic submits an Expression of Interest to the International Polar Year (IPY) Secretariat in Cambridge, England. The proposal aims to include the University as a whole as a project in the IPY
*The Northern Research Forum (NRF) launches a new website at www.nrf.is

Dec. 2004
*Four new Advanced Emphases are approved by the BCS Program Team. These are: Aboriginal Public Administration, Northern Land Contaminants, Northern Peoples and Environments, and Designated Emphasis

Nov. 2004
*The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) International Scientific Symposium on Climate Change in the Arctic: Reykjavik, Iceland. The ACIA report, Impacts of a Warming Climate, is formally issued, making international headlines. The report highlights global warming trends and the resulting major potential impacts
*The Icelandic chairmanship of the Arctic Council ends on November 29th. The closing statement of the outgoing Chair includes a warm thank you to the UArctic for "close cooperation and mutual support"

*An Arctic youth website On Top of the World is launched. This website provides a forum for students in circumpolar countries to express their views and explore what it means to be from the North

    Oct. 2004
  • The Arctic Human Development Report is launched in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • ICARP II's Working Group 11 meet in Rovaniemi, Finland to discuss the theme of 'Arctic Sciences in the Public Interest'
  • In the Governor General's Speech from the Throne, Adrienne Clarkson restates the Canadian Government's commitment to developing a northern strategy, which will include such issues as sustainable development, human resources development, environmental protection and Canadian cooperation in the international circumpolar community
    Sept. 2004
  • 3rd NRF Open Meeting: Yellowknife, NT, Canada. Of particular importance is the ability of northerners to adapt to global change
  • International Academic Office (IAO) opens at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), welcoming Diana Thomson as Coordinator
  • 6th Conference of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region: Nuuk, Greenland. The conference statement encourages the University to develop curricula in response to global development and climate change, and secure adequate and stable funding
    Aug. 2004
  • Northern Forum Summit: Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia. Dr. Claudia Federova, Vice-Chair of UArctic makes a presentation of the UArctic's role in Artic development, particularly the role that regional leaders may have in supporting Russian participation in the University
    June 2004
  • 1st Ministers of Education and Science meeting: Reykjavik, Iceland. Priority areas identified by the Ministers are: higher education cooperation between member states, increased opportunities for mobility, and creating linkages between education and research activities
  • Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies (BCS) courses are offered online for the first time
    May 2004
  • Three new advanced Emphases are announced for the Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies (BCS) programme: Arctic Perspectives on Norwegian Arts and Crafts, Nature, Life and Culture in Arctic Norway and International Project Management
  • The north2north office moved to the Finnmark University College in Alta, Norway

    July 2003
  • UArctic signs a memorandum of understanding with the University of Saskatchewan to host the UArctic Undergraduate Studies office there. The office will encourage development of Advanced Emphases and develop the UArctic Open Learning program

  • Apr. 2003

  • 5th UArctic Council Meeting: Akureyri, Iceland
  • University of the Arctic Press publishes On Top of It: Overcoming the Challenges of ICT and Distance Education in the Arctic
  • Leo Pekkala is announced as Chair of the Arctic Learning Environment Program Team
    Jan. 2003
  • New BCS Web Pilot Project Core Three goes online
  • UArctic Field School Catalogue is published
    Nov. 2002
  • Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen mentions UArctic's role in bringing about more Circumpolar cooperation in his speech to the delegates at the Northern eDimension Forum in Pori, Finland
  • 4th Council meeting: Kautokeino/Tromsø, Norway. Bjørn Haugstad, Norway's State Secretary for Education, highlights the University of the Arctic as a strong part of Norway's commitment to internationalization in education to the UArctic Council
    Oct. 2002
  • UArctic is granted official "Observer" status with Arctic Council SAO & 3rd Ministerial, Inari/Saariselkä, Finland; UArctic Board of Governors Chairman, Oran Young, is appointed as co-chair of the Arctic Human Development Report
    Sept. 2002
  • 2nd NRF Open Meeting in Veliky Novgorod, Russia
  • The first north2north student exchanges take place
    Aug. 2002
  • Board of Governors meeting, Stockholm, Sweden
  • National Agencies Meeting about north2north in Oslo, Norway
  • 5th Conference of Parliamentarians of The Arctic Region
  • Memorandum of Understanding is signed with UNEP
  • UArctic sends representatives to World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, South Africa
    June 2002
  • 3rd UArctic Council Meeting: Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia
    May 2002
  • The first students of the BCS program successfully complete BCS 100, Introduction to the Circumpolar World
    Feb.2002
  • Lars Kullerud is appointed as the 1st Director of the University of the Arcti
  • Kick-off meeting for north2north undergraduate exchange program, Helsinki, Finland
  • Arctic Learning Environment (ALE) online learning materials are piloted
  • BCS 100: An introduction to the Circumpolar North introductory bachelor-level course curriculum begins
  • UArctic focus in Arctic Council Workshop on Capacity Building, Helsinki, Finland
    Nov. 2001
  • 2nd UArctic Council Meeting: Luleå, Sweden
  • Presentation to Senior Arctic Officials, Arctic Council
    June 2001
  • University of the Arctic is officially launched
  • 1st UArctic Council Meeting: Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 1st UArctic Board of Governors Meeting: Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Circle of Elders is announced
    Mar. 2001
  • 1st Call for New Programmatic Activities
  • 1st recruitment for the Mobile Faculty Roster is sent to Northern scholars
    Jan. 2001
  • 1st Circumpolar Mobility Program activity, north2north, is presented to Arctic Council members meeting in Finland with an invitation to participate
    Nov. 2000
  • UArctic Interim Council is replaced by the Council of the University of the Arctic in Nuuk, Greenland
  • 1st Northern Research Forum: North Meets North, Iceland
    Oct. 2000
  • Release of UArctic Integrated Plan: implementation of Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies
  • Arctic Learning Environment, and Circumpolar Mobility Program
  • 1st Field Course of Circumpolar PhD. Network for Arctic Environmental Studies (CAES): "Reindeer as a keystone species in the North: biological, cultural and socio-economic aspects"
    Sept. 1999
  • 3rd Interim Council Meeting: Svalbard, Norway
    May 1999
  • 2nd Interim Council Meeting: Akureyri, Iceland
  • 1st Shared Voices Newsletter
    Apr. 1999
  • Preliminary Plan for Bachelor-level curriculum of Circumpolar Studies
    Jan. 1999
  • UArctic Circumpolar Coordination Office (CCO) is founded in Rovaniemi, Finland, with financial support from the Government of Finland
    Dec. 1998
  • CUA working group is replaced by the newly formed, University of the Arctic Interim Council in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
  • 1st UArctic Interim Council Meeting; Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
    Sept. 1998
  • Feasibility Study Final Report presented to the Ministers of the Arctic Council. The Arctic Council receives report and voices support for a proposed University of the Arctic
  • Shared Voices Commitment is announced
    July 1998
  • Presentation is made to the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC). This presentation results in ICC's resolution 98, voicing support for a proposed University of the Arctic
    May 1998
  • Circumpolar Conference of Sustainable Development in the Arctic, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
  • CUA Working Group makes a presentation with an exhibit, and solicits feedback from conference participants about a proposed University of the Arctic
  • 2nd CUA working group meeting: Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
    Apr. 1998
  • Presentation ismade to the 3rd Conference of the Standing Committee of Arctic Parliamentarians. This presentation results in a statement of support for a proposed University of the Arctic
    Oct. 1997 - Sept. 1998
  • Consultation Process and Feasibility Study
    Jan. 1998
  • 1st CUA Working Group Meeting; Rovaniemi, Finland
    Oct. 1997
  • Development Plan is presented by the Task Force to the Senior Arctic Officials (SAO). The Arctic Council requests that a feasibility study for a proposed University of the Arctic be undertaken by the Circumpolar Universities Association (CUA) in collaboration with the Arctic Council's Permanent Participants
    Mar. 1997
  • Presentation made to the Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) of the Arctic Council on the concept of a circumpolar university. The SAO invite Professor Bill Heal to form a Task Force which will undertake the initial planning for an Arctic university.