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Alaska Pacific University 

Alaska Pacific University (APU) has been accepted as a member of the University of the Arctic (UArctic), the international network of research and educational organizations concerned with issues affecting the Circumpolar North.The membership approval came during the University of the Arctic Council meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 18-20. More than 130 participants attended, representing member institutions in 14 countries, many located in the North.  

“Alaska Pacific University’s membership in the University of the Arctic is a great opportunity to forge stronger academic and research collaborations to help address critical issues Alaska shares with other Arctic communities and countries,” said Dr. Robert Onders, president of Alaska Pacific University. “We look forward to bring experiences and issues to the table that will have an impact on our state and the country as an Arctic nation.” 

University of the Arctic was created at the direction of the Arctic Council, a global intergovernmental initiative that promotes cooperation and collaboration between Arctic nations and indigenous groups. Two Alaska organizations — Alaska Pacific University and the Anchorage Museum — were among 11 new member groups welcomed to the University of the Arctic at the Stockholm meeting, bringing the group’s total membership to 212. 

Membership in the University of the Arctic is part of a growing Arctic focus at Alaska Pacific University, grounded in the University’s strategic goals of providing academic programs to meet Alaska’s critical needs and practice applied, community-based research. As climate change alters the global environment and poses challenges in Arctic communities, Alaska Pacific University is working to prepare students for careers that will be critical to addressing evolving needs across Alaska and the rest of the Circumpolar North. The University is also partnering with organizations such as Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Anchorage Museum to share knowledge and resources in the interest of understanding and navigating life in the changing Arctic. 

“We recognize that the issues that impact Alaska are global issues,” said Alaska Pacific University Provost Hilton Hallock. “That is why Alaska Pacific University partners with communities and organizations like the University of the Arctic to address the interests of Alaska and the Circumpolar North.”

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About University of the Arctic

The University of the Arctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research and outreach we enhance human capacity in the North, promote viable communities and sustainable economies, and forge global partnerships.

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About Alaska Pacific University

Alaska Pacific University provides a world-class, hands-on, culturally responsive educational experience in collaboration with our students, communities and Tribal partners. Alaska Pacific University is a fully accredited four-year Alaska Native-serving and tribally controlled University offering academic programs ranging from certificates to a Ph.D. program. Alaska Pacific Universitycontinues to add and maintain programs and degrees that serve all Alaskans attracting, local, national, and international students and attention.

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