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.

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UNIS teachers awarded the The Joanna Renc-Roe Award

9 June 2017 Chris Borstad, Mads Forchhammer and Tove M. Gabrielsen from UNIS was awarded The Joanna Renc-Roe Award – for pushing the boundaries of SoTL  at the 2nd EuroSoTL conference, 8-9 June 2017,  in Lund, Sweden.

Glacier detective Lis is the winner!

7 June 2017 Lis Allaart is this year's winner of geoforskning.no dissemination competition with her contribution as "glacier detective". The winning contribution, “What happened to the glacier?”, is based on the master’s thesis she completed at UNIS in 2016.

The Green Arctic – Plants as cornerstones in terrestrial ecosystems

6 June 2017 Much of Svalbard is an arctic desert, but this land has also green spots. The plants are crucially important for the successful functioning of the entire land-based system. Without them, there would be no reindeer, no ptarmigan, no geese. In our research, we focus on these green “cornerstones” and factors that could alter their resilience and function.

UNIS Annual Report 2016

24 May 2017 In 2016, a total of 759 students from 43 countries took courses at UNIS, which represents an increase of 69 students compared to 2015. A total of 48 guest Master’s students worked on UNIS-related Master’s theses during the year.
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Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: