Hosts of the Rectors Meeting

The Rectors Meeting is organized as a joint initiative by UArctic, the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation, and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, in collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a network of 170+ 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 our 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.

UArctic works for the people in the Arctic; that they have a central role in defining the future of the region, and have sufficient knowledge and capacity to do so. That is the most effective way to ensure sustainable development in ways that mutually benefit the people of the North and the world – to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for all of us.

Our mission is to develop knowledge to address local and global challenges of relevance to Arctic peoples and societies. We do so by providing unique educational, research, and innovation opportunities through collaboration within our powerful network of member institutions. We work across borders, across disciplines and across cultures, and we bring together different academic disciplines, interdisciplinary approaches, and traditional knowledge systems. This diversity is UArctic’s strength: it is everyone working together to meet the challenges and create more ideas, more solutions, better answers than any researcher, institution or nation could do on their own.

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In English

The Oceanographic Institute was founded in 1906 by Prince Albert I, a passionate, visionary navigator. Recognised as serving the public interest, the Foundation has been working on protecting the Ocean for more than a century, bringing together political, scientific and economic experts, organisations and the general public.

Thanks to the support of its two institutions, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Maison de l’Océan in Paris, the Oceanographic Institute organises many projects, both nationally and internationally. These include conferences, meetings of experts, exhibitions and educational programmes. Their objective is to promote the sustainable management of the oceans.

Built on the legendary Rock of Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum attracts over 650,000 visitors a year. As well as its remarkable architecture, it is renowned for its internationally acclaimed aquarium, its exhibitions and special events, and for bringing art and science together.

The polar worlds are part of the very DNA of the Principality and they have been for over a century. At the end of the 19th century, Prince Albert I, founder of the Oceanographic Institute, travelled to the Svalbard Archipelago four times, between 1898 and 1907, on board his ship the second Princesse Alice. Today, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco is the only Head of State to have travelled to both Poles.

The Poles are at the heart of the new programme developed by the Oceanographic Institute, which aims to raise the public’s awareness and to interpret the major issues of these lands of extremes, which are far distant but a fundamental part of the global climate and the planet's ecosystems.

The book At the Heart of the Polar Worlds: Challenged by Global Warming and Exploitation by Robert Calcagno, Chief Executive Officer of the Oceanographic Institute, published by Glénat in February 2022, marked the launch of this programme. The Polar Mission exhibition opened in June 2022 and it will continue until 2024. It consists of five areas illustrating the heart of the Arctic and Antarctica. The Oceanographic Institute has also collaborated with the scientific symposium The Cold is Getting Hot, organised at the Oceanographic Museum in February 2022 by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

It is in this context, focused on the Poles and perfectly in keeping with its missions, that the Oceanographic Institute is happy to host the UArctic Rectors’ Meeting, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, and to collaborate with its partners, the UArctic network, the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

En français

L’Institut océanographique a été fondé en 1906 par le prince Albert Ier, navigateur passionné et visionnaire. Reconnue d’utilité publique, la Fondation agit depuis plus d’un siècle en faveur de l’Océan et fédère les acteurs politiques, scientifiques, économiques, associatifs et le grand public.

Grâce à l’appui de ses deux établissements que sont le Musée océanographique de Monaco et la Maison de l’Océan à Paris, l’Institut océanographique est porteur de nombreux projets, sur la scène nationale et internationale (colloques, réunion d’experts, expositions, programmes pédagogiques), visant à promouvoir une gestion durable de l’Océan.

Le Musée océanographique, adossé au mythique Rocher de Monaco, sensibilise plus de 650 000 visiteurs par an. Au-delà de son architecture remarquable, il se distingue par son aquarium de renommée mondiale, ses expositions événements et l’alliance de l’art et de la science.

Les mondes polaires sont inscrits dans l’ADN-même de la Principauté, et cela depuis plus d’un siècle. A la fin du XIXe siècle, le prince Albert Ier, fondateur de l’Institut océanographique, s’est rendu quatre fois dans l’archipel du Svalbard, entre 1898 et 1907, à bord de son navire la seconde Princesse-Alice. Aujourd’hui, S.A.S. le Prince Albert II de Monaco est le seul chef d’Etat à avoir rejoint les deux pôles.

Les pôles sont au cœur du nouveau programme de l’Institut océanographique visant à sensibiliser le public et à décrypter les grands enjeux de ces terres de l’extrême, lointaines et pourtant essentielles pour le climat mondial et les écosystèmes de la planète.

L’ouvrage Au cœur des mondes polaires, entre réchauffement et convoitises (Ed. Glénat), de Robert Calcagno, Directeur général de l’Institut océanographique, paru en février 2022, a marqué le lancement de ce programme, suivi de Mission Polaire, la grande exposition du Musée océanographique inaugurée en juin 2022, et qui offrira, jusqu’en 2024, une immersion en cinq étapes au cœur de l’Arctique et de l’Antarctique. L’Institut océanographique a aussi collaboré au symposium scientifique The Cold is Getting Hot organisé par la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco, en février 2022, au Musée océanographique.

C’est dans ce contexte tourné vers les pôles, et en parfait alignement avec ses missions que l’Institut océanographique est heureux d’accueillir la Réunion des recteurs d’universités de l’Arctique, en présence de S.A.S. le Prince Albert II de Monaco, son Président d’Honneur, et de collaborer avec ses partenaires, le réseau UArctic, l’Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines et la Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco.


In English

Founded in 1991, the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) is a multidisciplinary institution located 15 kilometers west of Paris, in the district of Yvelines, with sites in seven towns: Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Mantes, Rambouillet, Vélizy Villacoublay, Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Saclay. UVSQ plays an important role in the economic, social and cultural development of the area which is known for its unique natural and historical heritage as well as its highly dynamic economic activity.

Home to over 17,000 students, UVSQ offers a large range of courses at bachelor, master and doctorate level, in different academic fields such as environmental studies, science and technology, engineering, medicine, law, political science, human and social sciences, economics and management.

Most of its 32 laboratories and research units are associated with major French research organisations such as CNRS, CEA, INSERM, Pasteur Institute and INRIA, and are locally and internationally recognized. In the 2022 Shanghai ranking, UVSQ is in the Top 601-700 group, ranked notably 13 in Atmosphere science and 29 in Earth Sciences.

UVSQ is a founding member of the newly created Paris-Saclay University (16th position in the 2022 Shanghai Ranking), founded as part of an expending research-intensive and business cluster in the southwest of Paris, in a region which shows high continuous economic growth. This world-class excellence university brings together 65.000 students, 9000 researchers, 7 research organisations, 3 universities and 9 engineering and business schools.

As part of its international strategy, UVSQ strongly supports the globalization of its education and research. It is an active member of the regional and European research as well as higher education networks and communities, with multiple effective partnerships worldwide, for students and staff exchanges, international education programs, double diploma, research collaborations, joint projects and PhD students in joint supervision.

UVSQ has been a member of the University of the Arctic since 2011. It counts about 80 researchers regularly engaged in polar research. UVSQ founded an interdisciplinary Masters 2 programme in Arctic Studies in 2010. Close to 100 students have graduated from this programme associating environment science, human and social science.

Several research centres at UVSQ are focused on the Arctic: CEARC (Social science), LATMOS (Atmosphere Science and Space Observation), LSCE (Climatology and Environment) as well the the Jean Malaurie Insitute of Arctic Research Monaco-UVSQ (MIARC) directed by Jan Borm, Full Professor at UVSQ and UArctic Chair in Arctic Humanities, supported by the Oceanographic Institute/Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation.

En français

Fondée en 1991, l'Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) est un établissement pluridisciplinaire d’enseignement supérieur situé à 15 kilomètres à l'ouest de Paris, dans le département des Yvelines, avec des sites dans sept villes : Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Mantes, Rambouillet, Vélizy Villacoublay, Saint-Germain-en-Laye et Saclay.

Accueillant plus de 17000 étudiants, l'UVSQ propose un large éventail de formations de niveau licence, master et doctorat, dans différents domaines académiques tels que les études environnementales, les sciences et technologies, l'ingénierie, la médecine, le droit, les sciences politiques, les sciences humaines et sociales, l'économie et la gestion.

La plupart de ses 32 laboratoires et unités de recherche sont associés aux grands organismes de recherche français tels que le CNRS, le CEA, l'INSERM, l'Institut Pasteur et l'INRIA, et sont reconnus au niveau local et international. Dans le classement de Shanghai 2022, l'UVSQ se situe dans le groupe Top 601-700, classé notamment 13ème en sciences de l'atmosphère et 29ème en sciences de la Terre.

L'UVSQ est membre fondateur de l'Université Paris-Saclay nouvellement créée (16e position dans le classement de Shanghai 2022), dans une région qui affiche une forte croissance économique continue. Cette université d'excellence reconnue sur le plan mondial rassemble 65.000 étudiants, 9000 chercheurs, 7 organismes de recherche, 3 universités et 9 écoles d'ingénieurs et de commerce.

Dans le cadre de sa stratégie internationale, l'UVSQ soutient fortement l’internationalisation de son enseignement et de sa recherche. Elle est un membre actif des réseaux et communautés de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur régionaux et européens, avec de multiples partenariats efficaces dans le monde entier, pour des échanges d'étudiants et de personnel, des programmes d'enseignement internationaux, des doubles diplômes, des collaborations de recherche, des projets communs et des doctorants en cotutelle.

L'UVSQ est membre associé de l'Université de l'Arctique depuis 2011. Elle compte environ 80 chercheurs régulièrement engagés dans la recherche polaire. L'UVSQ a fondé un programme interdisciplinaire de Master 2 en études arctiques en 2010. Près de 100 étudiants ont été diplômés de ce programme associant sciences de l'environnement, sciences humaines et sociales.

Plusieurs centres de recherche de l'UVSQ se focalisent entièrement ou en partie sur l'Arctique : CEARC (sciences sociales), LATMOS (sciences de l'atmosphère et observation spatiale), LSCE (climatologie et sciences de l’environnement) ainsi que l'Institut de recherches arctiques Jean Malaurie Monaco-UVSQ (IRAM) dirigé par Jan Borm, professeur à l'UVSQ et titulaire de la Chaire UArctic en sciences humaines arctiques, soutenu par l'Institut océanographique/Fondation Prince Albert Ier de Monaco.


Since 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (PA2F) has been working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development. Active at an international level, the Foundation focuses its actions on three main areas: limiting the effects of climate change and promoting renewable energies, preserving biodiversity, managing water resources and combating desertification.

The Foundation works in three main geographical areas: the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions and the Least Developed Countries.

The Foundation and UArctic have established a long-lasting collaboration for over a decade now, in the fields of research development, education, and awareness about northern environmental issues and fight against climate change.

In 2022 the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation launched the Polar Initiative with the ambition to strengthen the Foundation's work and impact for a greater protection of both North and South poles.