Study opportunities in the Arctic region

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.1 Educating next generation leaders for Arctic & global challenges
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Lisong Jiang (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,University of Alberta, Canada), Andrew Bush (Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,University of Alberta, Canada)
Abstract text

With global warming and accelerating melting of the arctic ice sheet, the possibility for the development of the arctic sea-shipping line is growing. Due to the dramatic impacts of the arctic environmental change to the global safety, the arctic region is being involved to the global system speedily. From the initiation of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (Rovaniemi,1991) to the formal establishment of the Arctic Council (Ottawa,1996),the international cooperation in the Arctic region has been elevated to a higher level. Furthermore, the founding of the Arctic economic council (Iqaluit, 2014) is a milestone in the development of the Arctic region. After the wave of university building in the circumpolar north, the University of the Arctic (UArctic - an international cooperative network, based in the Circumpolar Arctic region) endorsed by the Arctic Council, was launched on 2001. Since then, Various conferences from the Arctic council and programs from the universities within the Arctic region has provided the youth a huge amount of study  opportunities in the Arctic Region (such as climate changing and ocean dynamics, topographic physics, mining, protection of biological diversities, new pollutant treatment and international business, and so on). The purpose of this paper is to focus on compiling and analyzing some of the short-term exchange program, course training and international conferences in the Arctic region, and shows the special personal  application experience of the author.

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