University of Alaska Fairbanks has become a focal point of discussions on the Arctic science and education. One of the central events with the participation of more than 60 students from 13 countries is the international conference “Model Arctic Council”, the joint project of the University of the Arctic. The pilot project had been initiated by the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and held in Arkhangelsk in February 2014. Further development of the concept and format of the project contributed to its inclusion in the University of the Arctic’s Action Plan as a part of a new strategy for the university network. UArctic Board decided to organize the conference every two year in a country being a chair of the Arctic Council.
MAC 2016 program includes lectures of the leading experts from different countries on the current issues of the Arctic; and the role game Model Arctic Council where students act as participating states of the Arctic Council - permanent members and observers. The key topics of this year conference are projects of two working groups - on Sustainable Development (SDWG) and the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME): development of cruise tourism in the Arctic; navigation in the polar regions and marine resources; northern communities’ health care development through a secure and affordable supply of clean water; prevention of suicides among indigenous peoples of the North.
The conference is attended by students from universities located in Russia, the USA, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, China and other countries. Among Russian universities, there are students from NArFU, NEFU, MGIMO University, St. Petersburg State University and the Russian Hydrometeorological University. Pavel Ryzhov and Maxim Marchenkov, students of the Institute of Social, Humanitarian and Political Sciences, represent NArFU. They successfully passed competitions to become participants of the MAC 2016 and got the university support in the form of travel grant.
MAC 2016 program includes meetings with the Arctic Council representatives, leadership of the University of the Arctic and experts on Arctic issues.
Vice-President Interregional Cooperation, University of the Arctic