The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a network of universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North.


UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and infrastructures that enable member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions.

Through cooperation in education, research, and outreach we enhance human capacity in the North, promote viable communities and sustainable economies, and forge global partnerships. Created through the Arctic Council, UArctic is committed to upholding its principles of sustainable development as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. UArctic is constituted as an international association based in Finland.


Our vision

A strong, engaged, informed, and dynamic North, creating better lives and environments for all northerners.

Inuvik Girl Poses For A Photo With A Pike She Caught In The East Branch Of The Mackenzie River Delta  PHOTO: Weronika Murray
New Neighborhood In Yakutsk  PHOTO: Alexey Vasilyev

Our Mission

UArctic develops knowledge to address local and global challenges of relevance to Arctic peoples and societies by providing unique educational, research, and innovation opportunities through collaboration within a powerful network of member institutions.

Our Motto

"With Shared Voices"

Our values



UArctic promotes northern voices and a circumpolar world view.


UArctic embraces and respects cultural diversity, language plurality, and gender equality.


UArctic promotes relationships of respect, trust, and partnership, and embraces the perspectives and knowledge of northern Indigenous peoples.


UArctic is committed to supporting participatory approaches to the production and sharing of knowledge.


UArctic is a university network without walls, committed to reducing all barriers to cooperation across borders, cultures, and academic systems, embracing transparency and openness.


UArctic provides decision-makers with knowledge-based advice that supports sustainable development in the Arctic.

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Shared Voices

UArctic - Shared Voices (20th Anniverary Video)

UArctic Organization Chart