GENI-master endorsed by UArctic
This is the highest rating a master program can get, and has only been given out once before in the history of the circumpolar organization.
– This is our golden standard, says Lars Kullerud, president of The University of the Arctic (UArctic), a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North.
– We are very proud of the endorsement, it is a quality stamp on the programme itself and the work we have done together with The University of Saskatchewan, says Jonathan Crossen, GENI-coordinator at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.
The Master in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) is provided through collaboration between UiT and the University of Saskatchewan (USask), Canada, and graduates receive a joint degree from both institutions.
– This proves that it is possible to make a high quality and joint master with a circumpolar focus. We hope that the endorsement of the GENI-master can motivate other UArctic-universities to work together and aim for the same, high standards, says UArctic president, Lars Kullerud. Today only two master programmes, one PhD-programme and one bachelor programme has been endorsed by UArctic.
– We hope that the endorsement will highlight the opportunities for students from all across the circumpolar north to the GENI-programme, says Emmy S. Neuls, specialist, International Graduate Programs and Circumpolar Outreach at USask. In order to include mid-career students in the programme, teaching is designed to be flexible and offered online. Still, the students develop strong friendships through short-term exchanges in the form of field schools, both in Northern Saskatchewan in Canada and in Northern Norway.
Challenges of the north
The primary goal of this program is to build the necessary capacity for relationships between academia, industry, governments, Indigenous peoples and northern communities to create thriving local economies, respect Indigenous rights and protect sensitive northern environments.