According to Greenshaw, "there are political, technological, social, environmental and economic challenges related to the future development of the Arctic. Academic institutions have a moral responsibility to affect the development of the High North. The goal of the University of the Arctic (UArctic) is to develop and share useful knowledge essential to the circumpolar area... the UArctic has 17 thematic networks. These are partnerships in which several academic institutions, companies and local and municipal governments work together on linking academic excellence to relevant issues of the north". Citing some examples, Greenshaw explains the importance of some of the current networks including Northern Agriculture, Arctic Medicine, Northern Tourism, Indigenous Arts and Crafts and Energy in a New Time.

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