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University Centre in Svalbard

The University Centre in Svalbard UNIS

The University Centre in Svalbard is a state-owned limited company. The objectives of UNIS are to provide university level education in Arctic studies, to carry out high quality research, and to contribute to the development of Svalbard as an international research platform. The archipelago's geographical location in the High Arctic makes it an ideal venue for laboratory work and also for the acquisition and analysis of specialist data. UNIS programs rely heavily on the natural properties of Svalbard as a high-latitude research laboratory and on the extensive research infrastructure in and around Longyearbyen. UNIS researchers work in collaboration with Norwegian and foreign research institutions and are actively involved in a large number of joint research projects. UNIS will form the core of the Svalbard Science Centre (SSC), an international Arctic centre of expertise in research and education, which will also incorporate other professional and scientific institutions on the islands. The new 9000 sq.m main building is due for completion in April 2006. The greatly expanded volume will facilitate continuing strong development of education and research at UNIS.