Arctic College of the Peoples of the North

Arctic College for Peoples of the North is located in the most remote place of Sakha Republic in town of Chersky in Nizhnekolymsky district of Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Nizhnekolymsky district of Sakha Republic is unique place for indigenous peoples of the North, which preserved traditions and lifestyle of their ancestors.

History of Arctic College for Peoples of the North in Nizhnekolymskiy distrcit begins in 1973, when at the Yakutsk Department for Vocational Training has been established the Nizhnekolymsky Vocational School №21, which was aimed to provide qualified personnel for agricultural districts of Sakha Republic. In 1992 according to the Decree of the Government of Sakha Republic (Yakutia) this vocational school was reorganized into the Nizhnekolymsky College for Peoples of the North.

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 of the peoples of the North.

In the early years training was conducted in two specialties, each of which provides for additional professions, taking into account national and regional components.

In 2011 according to the Decree of the President of Sakha Republic the college was reorganized again and have got the new name – the Arctic College for Peoples of the North.

Arctic College for Peoples of the North provides vocational education in 5 disciplines of vocational education: “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 at the College as result of the international conference “New Technologies as a Factor of Sustainable Development of Traditional Activities of Indigenous Peoples” there was established the Arctic Centre for Domestic Reindeer Husbandry.

Facts and figures

Year Established 1973
Total Number of Staff 36
Number of Academic Staff 12
Number of Students 125