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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Stories from Rijpfjorden 2: A time witness from a bygone era

18 September 2018 Rijpfjorden not only holds a very special place in the story of how the weather station Haudegen housed the last armed German soldiers towards the end of World War II. It is also home to a much older and equally important story - a story that stretches several thousand years back in time and has not yet been really told. This is a story told by the “cod lake” (Torskevatnet).

Stories from Rijpfjorden 1: A unique place of great importance to our understanding of the Arctic

13 September 2018 Rijpfjorden is a unique place. On 4 September 1945, the last armed German soldiers in Europe surrendered there. 6000 years ago, blue mussels grew on the shore, and in the 1990s cod was caught in a lake that has since been called the "cod lake". And since 2006 we have used Rijpfjorden as a large and natural climate laboratory.

Increased focus on leadership within education and research

11 September 2018 UNIS increases the focus on leadership within education and research. Professor Hanne Hvidtfeldt Christiansen is appointed Vice Dean of Education and Professor Børge Damsgård is appointed Vice Dean of Research. These two new positions will enable UNIS to be more assertive in our two core functions in the future.

Apply now for spring courses 2019

5 September 2018 Application is now open for UNIS spring courses. The application deadline is 15 October 2018.
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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)Oct 17, 2018 @ 4:06pm
We are looking forward to the exhibition opening "Svalbard from above" that opens Saturday 20 October as part of our 25th anniversary celebration!

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre:

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