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 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.

Cruising in Svalbard: A student perspective

19 May 2017 For the second time in a mere two months, UNIS students were able to join a FAABulous and IMOS research cruise across Isfjorden and towards Van Mijenfjorden on the coast guard vessel KV Svalbard. Read their account here.

Heating and vertical winds in dayside Aurora

10 May 2017 Åsmund Skjæveland has studied the details of the atmospheric mechanisms that take the energy from the northern lights and create warm and vertical winds. Skjæveland will defend his PhD thesis on Friday 12 May at the University of Oslo.

Field trip with atmospheric pollution students

9 May 2017 The students in the UNIS atmospheric pollution course went on field trips to measure the impact of black carbon on the snow albedo. With the scooter season coming to an end, this was probably one of the last UNIS field excursions by scooter. Despite challenging driving conditions, all the sampling destinations were reached safe and dry so that we could take these amazing pictures!
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Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: