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.

Nizhnekolymsky Vocational School №21 was established in 1973 by the Yakutsk Department for Vocational Training. Its aim was to provide qualified personnel for agricultural districts of the Sakha Republic. In 1992 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 given to the reorganized college included training personnel for traditional industries of the North, small schools with the revival of indigenous peoples' culture, traditions, language and traditional way of life.

In 2015 the college was reorganized again and received a new name – the Arctic College of the Peoples of the North. The majority of students are indigenous. Thus, in 2016 there were 80 indigenous students at the College, 50 of them Evens, 24 - Chukchi, and 6 - Yukhagirs.

The college provides vocational education in 10 areas of expertise:

Teaching in elementary school
Pedagogy of supplementary education
Law and social security organization 
Technology of production and processing of agricultural products
Underground mining of mineral resources
Underground wiring
Bulldozer operating
Economics and accounting
Reindeer herder – machinery operator
Automobile mechanic

An Arctic Centre for Domestic Reindeer Husbandry was established at the College in 2013 as a result of the international conference “New Technologies as a Factor of Sustainable Development of Traditional Activities of Indigenous Peoples”.

In 2018 students of the College participated in the Arctic Skills international competition.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1973
Total Number of Staff 24
Number of Academic Staff 9
Number of Students 133