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 2019

27 May 2020 In 2019, 743 students spent shorter or longer periods at UNIS, including both course students and guest master’s students. 50% of the students came from programmes of study at Norwegian universities, the rest from international universities.

Biodiversity Day in Svalbard

22 May 2020 Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity or World Biodiversity Day. We mark this important day by having a couple of our scientists present the work they do within marine biodiversity in Svalbard, whether in the sea ice on the east coast or in Isfjorden outside Longyearbyen.

Changing low pressure tracks in the high Arctic in winter

14 May 2020 Siiri Wickström has studied the regional changes in the atmospheric flow pattern in the high latitude North Atlantic and their impacts locally over Svalbard. The ongoing climate change is amplified at the high latitudes and Svalbard is a hotspot of warming, especially in the winters, Wickström concludes in her PhD thesis, which she will defend digitally on 19 May 2020.

How to conduct field teaching with students scattered around the world?

12 May 2020 The pandemic stopped the field plans for the geology course AG-222 - but it did not stop the authentic exercise. The course teachers organised a virtual field excursion instead, which was conducted online over two days in Mid-April 2020.
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The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

UNIS is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen, at the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard (78º N). UNIS offers high quality courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level in Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology.
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The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)May 27, 2020 @ 2:43pm
The UNIS Annual Report for 2019 is here and can be downloaded via the news article. Last year was a productive year, both in terms of students and research.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre:

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