UA logo3 colourThis year's participant list includes an outstanding number of Rectors, Presidents, Chancellors, Provosts and Vice-Presidents representing 37 different institutions. Canada is the most represented country, with 13 delegates from member universities. However, there will be an additional 26 participants who have been asked to participate as Observers/Experts. 


The group will be given the challenging responsibility of adopting a UArctic Charter, as well as the Terms of Reference for the Forum. The Group will also be focussing on improving cooperation in research and the development of a Graduate Area, as well as ways of promoting a marketing strategy for education in the North. Finally, Andy Greenshaw, Vice-Chair of the UArctic Board of Governors, will present an update on the current standing of the new UArctic Strategic Plan.


The Forum is also being partially organized in conjunction with the Standing Committee of Arctic Parliamentarians. A joint seminar has been organized for the two groups, which has a the thematic foci on the role of universities in addressing the pressing challenges of Climate Change, as well as how borders will influence access to the Arctic Sea. Both themes will feature a number of presentations given by experts in their respective fields, including Canadian Senator Yoine Goldstein and Ms. Diana Wallis, Vice-President of the European Parliament.


The UArctic invites all participants to visit the Rectors' Forum Website for updated information on schedules, practical information and up-to-date documents.


Information from the Rectors' Forum will be posted immediately following the meetings. Also stay tuned for an official Press Conference from the event, as well as a Release.