The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. We provide research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts in biology, geology, geophysics and technology.

Latest news

Research and education strategy for Svalbard underway

10 January 2017 The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Research Council of Norway to provide input on an overall strategy for research and higher education on Svalbard. The process will be inclusive and broad-baseed and UNIS will assist in the work on the education strategy.

Icebergs in broken sea ice

6 January 2017 Drifting icebergs can be a serious threat to Arctic and subarctic offshore activities. PhD candidate Renat Yulmetov analysed the drift of icebergs in broken sea ice and investigated the possibility of iceberg towing in sea ice to protect offshore structures. Yulmetov will defend his PhD thesis on 12 January 2017 at UNIS.

Svalbardseminaret 2017

6 January 2017 The annual happening Svalbardseminaret (Svalbard Seminar Series) is organized by UNIS in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Governor of Svalbard. This year's seminar series starts on 17 January and offers lectures in polar history, research, and fine arts.

2016 in snapshots

29 December 2016 As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to share some glimpses of fieldwork and student life from the past year with you. We wish you a wonderful 2017!

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: