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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Atlantification of the marine ecosystem in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard

8 October 2019 Climate warming is rapidly altering the physical marine environment in fjords on the west coast of Svalbard towards a more temperate state. Reductions in sea ice cover and increased ocean temperatures are evident, resulting in changes of ice-associated and pelagic ecosystems.

One million NOK to the Arctic Safety Centre

4 October 2019 Yesterday, the government presented their new business strategy for Svalbard at UNIS. One of the concrete results is the allocation of one million NOK to the Arctic Safety Centre (ASC). – Very positive news, says UNIS director Harald Ellingsen.

UNIS seeks new director

1 October 2019 UNIS is seeking a new managing director. Application deadline is 25 October 2019.

Apply now for spring courses 2020

9 September 2019 Application is now open for UNIS spring courses. The application deadline is 15 October 2019.
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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 18, 2019 @ 4:17pm
The weekend is just around the corner and winter is coming. In preparation for the coming season our logistics staff were up at Sukkertoppen the other day and checked the snow sensor. Last winter UNIS and Telenor Svalbard installed this sensor on Sukkertoppen, the mountain above Longyearbyen.The sensor measures snow depth, temperature and humidity and help the authorities assess the avalanche danger. Photo: Charlotte Sandmo
Have a great weekend wherever you are! 🙂

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre:

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