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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Queen Sonja presented a personal Royal gift

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja visited UNIS today and presented their anniversary gift to UNIS: A graphic print made by Queen Sonja entitled “Ice cave”.

Royal visit to UNIS

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway will visit the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS) on Thursday 9 August 2018 in connection with the 25th anniversary of UNIS.

First record of the hydrozoan Sympagohydra tuuli in Svalbard sea ice

9 July 2018 We don’t know much about the tiny algae and animals living inside sea ice. Microscopic sea ice animals are rarely identified to species level because many of these tiny critters are larvae of pelagic and benthic species and look completely different from the adults. We simply don’t recognise them.

UNIS Annual Report 2017

7 June 2018 In 2017, 794 students from 45 nations spent shorter or longer periods at UNIS. This included both course students and guest master’s students. 50% of the students came from programmes of study at Norwegian universities.  
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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)Aug 14, 2018 @ 3:08pm
NARWHALE TUSK
Crew onboard a ship sailing around Svalbard found this narwhale tusk and by order of the Governor of Svalbard, the tusk has now been donated to Svalbard Museum. During the next week, the tusk will be cleaned and perhaps put on exhibit at a later stage.

The narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth. It lives year-round in the Arctic waters and is a uniquely specialized Arctic predator. In winter, it feeds on benthic prey, mostly flatfish, under dense pack ice. During the summer, narwhals eat mostly Arctic cod and Greenland halibut, with other fish such as polar cod making up the remainder of their diet. Narwhals can live up to 50 years. They are often killed by suffocation when the sea ice freezes over. Other causes of death, specifically among young whales, are starvation and predation by orcas.

What befell this individual narwhale is unknown, but the carcass has been completely dissolved and only the tusk and skull was left.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre:

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