Today UNIS signed a new cooperation agreement with seven of the Norwegian mainland universities. Tora Aasland, the Minister of Research and Higher Education, was also present. – UNIS plays an important role for the mainland universities and Norway as a whole, said Minister Aasland.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visited UNIS today after seeing for himself the melting ice in the waters north of Svalbard. – I am troubled and alarmed by what I have seen, he said while visiting UNIS.
In connection with the visit of the Norwegian and German foreign ministers to Svalbard last week, UNIS and the German research organization Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in Polar sciences.