Release Date: May 5, 2003
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Membership creates gateway to circumpolar world
The University of Regina will be able to participate in programs and contribute to post-secondary education in the circumpolar north through its recent membership on the Council of the University of the Arctic (UArctic).

At a meeting in Akureyri, Iceland last month, representatives from the University of Regina stated their case for membership with UArctic. The granted membership was based on the U of R’s partnerships with First Nations institutions, programs with northern Colleges, the northern research the University is involved with and the development of a distance degree program.

“The University of Regina’s membership in the University of the Arctic enables us to play a role in the delivery and development of academic programs for students living in the circumpolar north. This will further the dynamic and innovative academic programs offered by the University of Regina,” said Robin Fisher, Dean of Arts.

As part of the initiative, the University can, for example, participate in a student exchange program called north2north that will open doors for U of R students.

The University of Regina was among eight higher education institutions that became new members of the Council of UArctic.

UArctic, launched in June 2001, is a co-operating network of universities, colleges and other organizations concerned with higher education and research that offer comprehensive programs addressing a wide variety of issues in the Arctic. UArctic is not an individual, degree-granting institution, but instead shares resources, facilities and expertise to build post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students.