Arctic College of the Peoples of the North

Arctic College of the Peoples of the North is located in the most remote place of the Nizhnekolymsky district of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) - the town of Chersky. Nizhnekolymsky district of the Sakha Republic is a unique place for indigenous peoples of the North, where they have managed to preserve traditions and lifestyle of their ancestors.

History of the Arctic College of the Peoples of the North began in 1973 when the Nizhnekolymsky Vocational School №21 was established by the Yakutsk Department for Vocational Training. Its aim was to provide qualified personnel for agricultural districts of the Sakha Republic. In 1992 this vocational school was reorganized into the Nizhnekolymsky College of the Peoples of the North by the Decree of the Sakha Republic Government.

The main tasks that were given to the reorganized college included training of personnel for traditional industries of the North, small schools with the revival of indigenous peoples' culture, traditions, language and traditional way of life.

In 2011 the college was reorganized again and received a new name – the Arctic College of the Peoples of the North.

The Arctic College of the Peoples of the North provides vocational education in 5 disciplines: “Pedagogy of Additional Education”, "Underground Mining of Mineral Resources", "Law and Organization of Social Security", "Technology of Production and Processing of Agricultural Products") and 3 professions of initial vocational training ("Reindeer Herder of 3rd Rank", "Reindeer Herder – mechanic", "Cook"). Distance learning covers 15 people in "Socio - cultural activities." The college has a hostel for 36 people. In 2013 as a result of the international conference “New Technologies as a Factor of Sustainable Development of Traditional Activities of Indigenous Peoples” there was established an Arctic Centre for Domestic Reindeer Husbandry at the College.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1973
Total Number of Staff 36
Number of Academic Staff 12
Number of Students 140