The natural environment in the high north is undergoing rapid change while at the same time the interest in presence and economic development in the region has never been greater. As a consequence, the need for increased competence and sharing of experience in how to operate in a safe and environmental manner in the high Arctic is acute and extremely relevant. Both the location of UNIS and years of experience related to Arctic safety make Svalbard an excellent location for an Arctic safety competence center.
The courses affiliated with the Arctic Safety Center at UNIS are all on Master’s level and they are focusing on the multidisciplinary and multifaceted nature of natural hazards in Arctic environments. Other subjects are: Emergency preparedness and management in an Arctic context, prevention of accidents and unwanted occurrences, crisis management and design and planning of activities for cold regions.