The office, which acts as the registrar office for UArctic's Circumpolar Studies Program (BCS)and other programs, will move to Northlands College from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) on August 1. It will be located there for three years.
The decision to move the IAO to Northlands College was as an easy one, said UArctic President Lars Kullerud.
"Northlands College has demonstrated outstanding participation and commitment to the University of the Arctic," he said.
Northlands College has participated in many UArctic activities, since becoming an UArctic member in May 2005. The college has assisted with provincial and national fundraising efforts, program delivery in particular the BCS program through the degree completion program, and with hosting last year's Ofelas meeting.
"Our affiliation with UArctic has contributed significantly to increasing accessibility to university education for residents of Saskatchewan's north," said Northlands College CEO Bill McLaughlin. "Hosting the International Academic Office on behalf of UArctic will further enhance that affiliation."
Northlands College has been actively involved with the BCS program since joining UArctic. This September, at least 21 at the college students are starting with the program. The college's further involvement can only be a greater benefit to the program, said UArctic Dean of Undergraduate Studies Greg Poelzer.
"Northlands College has an excellent record of success in distance education in the North," said Greg Poelzer. "Their experience will be a real asset to the further development of the Circumpolar Studies Program."