28 January 2017
On Friday 27 January a UNIS vessel had motor malfunction during a transportation assignment between Barentsburg and Longyearbyen. On board were a group of 12 UNIS students and staff. The coast guard ship KV Svalbard arrived within two hours to assist and students and staff were transported by KV Svalbard to Longyearbyen. No one were hurt during the incident, which will be investigated thoroughly by UNIS in the coming days.
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 in Svalbard. The process will be inclusive and broad-based and UNIS will assist in the work on the education strategy.
13 December 2016
Silje Eriksen Holmen has investigated temperatures in the middle atmosphere (the mesosphere) over Longyearbyen and Tromsø and has found that temperature varies periodically according to atmospheric wind patterns and waves. Holmen will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on 19 December 2016.
9 December 2016
Meroplankton are important in Arctic marine environment, but their dynamics and ecological role in marine coastal ecosystems are poorly understood. Eike Stübner has investigated these benthic invertebrate larvae and her research shed some light on the function of meroplankton in the Arctic. Stübner will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on 14 December.
8 November 2016
The Governor has decided to uphold the evacuation until further notice. The Governor and experts will evaluate the situation again tomorrow Wednesday 9 November. All evacuated UNIS students will stay in temporary housing until the evacuation is lifted.
7 November 2016
Due to the expected rain storm in the next 24 hours, the Governor of Svalbard has issued an evacuation order for parts of the Longyearbyen area, including Nybyen, where the majority of UNIS students live. UNIS together with Samskipnaden have implemented the evacuation of all students from Nybyen to the new student housing facility Sjøskrenten and the UNIS Guest House. The evacuation will take place within the next two hours.