UiT - The Arctic University of Norway has renewed its cooperation agreement with the University of Alaska Anchorage, first signed in 2015 when King Harald of Norway visited Anchorage along with a delegation from UiT.
Uniquely located at 70 degrees north, UiT is the northernmost university in the world, located in Tromsø, Norway.
Tromsø and Anchorage in Alaska (the U.S.) are two Arctic cities with several similarities. They are both the largest in their region, surrounded by fjords and mountains, and are closely connected to the outside world through the sea and air. Both cities also have their own university which influences societal development on many levels.
The new memorandum of understanding (MoU) renews the existing collaboration and also facilitates more exchange. According to UiT researchers, this could provide new opportunities in terms of research on security policies and indigenous studies.
Thanks to the agreement, every year student exchange takes place between UiT and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) through the North2North mobility programme. It is organised by UArctic university members, in Canada, the USA, and Nordic countries.
Besides, from 2011 to 2022, 38 scholarly articles were published where researchers from UiT and UAA are co-authors. University staff can receive mobility funds from UArctic for short visits to partner universities in Alaska. It is also possible to apply for support for research projects, which have a two-year duration.
At the moment, UiT and UAA are collaborating on research in social work, geopolitics, indigenous self-governance, and governance in the Arctic region.