An article in Inside Higher Ed features the University of the Arctic—a network of colleges, universities, and research institutes, of which Dartmouth is a member. “The University of the Arctic sees its mission as fostering research collaboration, joint educational programs and student and faculty mobility across the universities of the changing north,” the article notes.
Dartmouth’s Ross Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, is co-director of the University of the Arctic Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy. “When you look at the Arctic, one of the things that jumps out at you is you have great distances and low population densities,” he tells Inside Higher Ed. “You have a relatively small number of institutions that have major resources and lots of smaller institutions that don’t have the faculty and research resources to deal with the pressing problems that extend across the Arctic.”
Virginia adds, “I think what’s fundamental to the mission of UArctic is struggling to find ways to connect and draw and amplify those resources and focus them on a globally important region.”
Read the full story, published 1/22/14 by Inside Higher Ed.