Saskatchewan Polytechnic joins UArctic higher education network

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Image credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

A new partnership with UArctic will support more northern research and enriched Arctic program options for Sask Polytech faculty and students

July 2, 2021 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic has joined the University of the Arctic (UArctic), a network of higher education and research institutions across northern regions. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and infrastructures that enable member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Sask Polytech joins these innovative, post-secondary institutions in leading research on northern science and knowledge and providing student exchanges in the north.

“Sask Polytech’s membership in UArctic is a great opportunity to forge stronger academic and research collaborations on northern challenges,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic president and CEO. “Membership will provide the institution with access to a wide range of research networks and exciting mobility opportunities for our students.”

Sask Polytech is a partner organization of the UArctic Thematic Network on Renewable Energy. The goal of this network is to reimagine energy security in northern and Indigenous communities to design, implement and manage renewable energy systems that support and enhance social and economic values. The UArctic Thematic Network on Renewable Energy is hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and UiT The Arctic University of Norway as co-leads.

“UArctic is pleased to welcome Saskatchewan Polytechnic, who have a strong alignment with our mission and values, to our network. We are glad to have Saskatchewan Polytechnic as a partner organization of the UArctic Thematic Network on Renewable Energy. We are looking forward to fruitful cooperation in the years to come,” says Lars Kullerud, president of the University of the Arctic.

Sask Polytech students will have the opportunity to participate in UArctic's mobility program north2north. This program provides opportunities to study or participate in applied research projects or field studies in different parts of the North at partnering UArctic post-secondary institutions.

As a learning organization, UArctic sets out to create flexible and innovative frameworks that support cooperation between members, bringing together their shared knowledge, diversity and experience. It also aims to facilitate internationalization and partnerships for higher education and research and recognise its specific commitments toward northern Indigenous peoples, and respect for their cultures, languages, traditional knowledge and world views.