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Arctic science for global challenges

The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. UNIS offers high quality courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level in Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology.

 

 

Background
UNIS is a share-holding company, owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. UNIS was established in 1993 to provide university level education in Arctic studies, to carry out high quality research, and to contribute to the development of Svalbard as an international research platform. UNIS’ geographical position gives it a unique advantage, enabling students and faculty to use nature as a laboratory, arena for observation and data collection.

Students
About 450 students from all over the world take one or more courses every year at UNIS. The student body consist of approximately 50% Norwegian and 50% international students and English is the official language at UNIS. There are no tuition fees and there is affordable student accommodation in “Nybyen”.

Faculty
UNIS’ faculty are made up by 50% Norwegians and 50% international staff, and consist currently of ca. 10 full professors, 13 associate professors, 36 professor II and about 160 guest lecturers who specialize in arctic issues. UNIS researchers work in collaboration with Norwegian and foreign research institutions and are actively involved in a large number of joint research projects.

The UNIS Board of Directors

Five Norwegian universities; Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø and Ås, are represented on our Board of Directors. UNIS works closely with the mainland universities and the UNIS courses are intended to complement the teaching given by the mainland universities.

UNIS Board of Directors (2014)

Berit Kjeldstad (Chair) Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Jarle Nygard (Deputy chair) University of Oslo
Lise Øvreås University of Bergen
Morten Hald University of Tromsø
Eva Falleth Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Ås)
Geir Hekne Longyearbyen Lokalstyre
Steve Coulson Staff representative
Elise Strømseng Staff representative
Christoffer Røssevold Taule Student representative

 

Strategies
UNIS has developed an ambitious strategic plan for 2014–2020. It is available as a pdf here:

 

 

Statistics

The Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) has produced a report with an overview of all students, staff and publications produced by UNIS since the beginning in 1993 and until 2012. This report is available as a pdf at the NIFU website:

 

  NIFU report 34/2013: UNIS 1993-2012 - Publications, staff & students (pdf)  

 

Svalbard Science Centre with majestetic Hiorthfjell in the background. (Photo: Steve Coulson/UNIS).
Svalbard Science Centre with majestetic Hiorthfjell in the background. (Photo: Steve Coulson/UNIS).

UNIS in the Svalbard Science Centre
UNIS is the core of the Svalbard Science Centre, an international arctic centre of expertise in research and education, which also incorporates other professional and scientific institutions on Svalbard, such as The Norwegian Polar Institute, EISCAT and Svalbard Science Forum.

The 12 000 square meter science centre, inaugurated in April 2006, is a modern building with optimal conditions for studying and research linked to arctic nature and the greatly expanded volume will facilitate the continuing strong development of education and research at UNIS. The Svalbard Science Centre is therefore a centre of competence for arctic research, teaching and logistics, where UNIS is the main institution.

 

 

 

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Things of interest

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Find information about how to become a student at UNIS

UNIS STUDENT MOVIE
SIOS
Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System
UNIS CO2 LAB

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
20 MARCH 2015

KJELL HENRIKSEN OBSERVATORY
(Aurora station)

SPEAR RADAR

BIRKELAND CENTRE for SPACE SCIENCE

WEATHER
Realtime weather data and downloadable historical data.

VACANT POSITIONS

ANNUAL REPORTS

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