The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway

The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost institution for higher education, located at 78o N in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. UNIS was established in 1993 and is currently organized as a state-owned limited company under the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Scientifically, UNIS covers Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics, and Arctic Technology. UNIS does not offer degrees, but offers education at the bachelor, master and PhD level as an Arctic continuation of the study programmes at the Norwegian universities. All education offered at UNIS is field-based. The surrounding area close to Longyearbyen is mostly used for field activities, but also the Svea and Ny-Ålesund areas are important for research and research based education.

UNIS’ projects in Ny-Ålesund are hosted by Sverdrup-NPI.


NySMAC representative (from 1st January 2021)
Stephen J. Coulson 

Contact UNIS
Jøran Moen

Location in Ny-Ålesund

Ny-Ålesund on-site staff

Looking for additional information?
Please visit the UNIS website  

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