Aarhus University offers new cross-disciplinary Arctic study programme in Nuuk

Aarhus University is part of a collaboration behind a new study programme specialising in Arctic conditions. The programme is for university students from all over the world.

2015.02.12 | Peter Bondo Christensen

This spring, the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk will be home to a group of international students who will learn more about Arctic conditions. Photo: Lars Malta Rasmussen.

The institute’s new research vessel Sanna will be used during the new educational initiative in Nuuk specialising in Arctic conditions. Photo: Leiff Josefsen.

On Friday 13 February 2015, Aarhus University is launching a study programme in collaboration with the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, the University of Greenland (Ilisimatusarfik) and the University of Manitoba, Canada. The programme will provide university students from all over the world with new knowledge in Arctic climate, ecology, strategy and social conditions.

“During the next six months, we’ll be offering six courses specialising in Arctic conditions. This is the first step in a process towards an actual science degree programme with a permanent base in Greenland,” says Senior Researcher Lise Lotte Sørensen, programme coordinator at the Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University.

The students will acquire new in-depth knowledge on topics such as snow, ice, the sea, minerals, consultancy and legislation.

The courses will be held at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk. The students will also have an opportunity to work on board the institute’s new research vessel Sanna, where they can go on a long expedition and collect data from the bottom of Nuuk Fjord and out to Fyllas Bank.

Locally rooted knowledge

“We’d like to ensure that the knowledge the international research team acquires about the Arctic is also locally rooted. This is the whole idea behind the educational efforts,” says Dorte Haubjerg Søgaard, programme coordinator at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk and local coordinator of the study programme.

Via the Department of Education, the Greenland Self-Government has made it possible to find accommodation for the students – a huge helping hand for the entire project.

Greenland’s Upper Secondary School in Nuuk will also be closely attached to the study programme. Some of the upper secondary school pupils will take part in the first course on sea ice. And all science teachers at the school can attend the series of lectures held during the course.

A mentor scheme has also been organised between third-year upper secondary school pupils and the future university students. This scheme has mutual benefits – the students stimulate the school pupils to take more interest in science, and the pupils introduce the students to the local customs and traditions in Greenland.

“We hope this will create valuable friendships that will be of great benefit for the future training of the upper secondary school pupils in Greenland,” says Dorte Haubjerg Søgaard.


For more information, please contact

Programme Coordinator Lise Lotte Sørensen
Arctic Research Centre
Aarhus University
+45 8715 6417

Programme Coordinator Dorte Haubjerg Søgaard
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
+299 361 238

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