69,3404After a decision made by the Council of UArctic, consisting of representatives of UArctic’s 110 members, to establish the UArctic Master Programme as a part of the UArctic Graduate Area, the University of the Arctic first made a call for a lead institution for the UArctic Graduate Area in early fall 2007. Five institutions from five countries submitted proposals. An external evaluation team of experts in Higher Education cooperation conducted a thorough review of the applications, and made their recommendation to the Board of Governors of UArctic. The external evaluators, working independently, were:
  • Brendan Barrett, United Nations University
  • Ken Coates, Waterloo University, Canada
  • Bill Heal, Durham University
  • Anita Day Nuttall, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Volker Rachold, International Arctic Science Committee
  • Gard Titlestad, Nordic Council of Ministers
Based on the applications and external as well as internal reviews the UArctic Board of Governors has decided to select the University of Lapland and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) as joint leads for the UArctic Graduate Area.
55,1979Chancellor Steve Jones, University of Alaska Fairbanks, also the Chair of the Board of Governors of UArctic, comments: “The University of Alaska Fairbanks, America's Arctic University, is pleased to join another major Arctic University, the University of Lapland, in co-leading UArctic's promising movement into the graduate program area.  We are eager to continue our collaboration with ULapland in service to advancing knowledge and graduate education across the Arctic region.”
For more information, please view the Press Release.