ARCTIC CONNECTIONS: SIOI’s road to the Arctic!


Since Italy was admitted to the Arctic Council as Permanent Observer in 2013, SIOI has carried out an active role in training youth on Arctic issues, fostering events and initiatives in collaboration with the Italian Institutions and the Embassies of the Arctic States in Italy.

Since 2016, SIOI and UNITELMA Sapienza – University of Rome – in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, organize the first -and unique in Italy- Master Degree on Sustainable Development, Geopolitics of Resources and Arctic Studies.

In light of these initiatives, on September 3rd, 2018, SIOI was officially admitted by unanimous vote to the UArctic (University of the Arctic), in occasion of the meeting of the UArctic Council in Oulu (Finland). SIOI is the first Italian Institution to be admitted in the Network and the first of the Mediterranean area. UArctic is the prestigious network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations involved in education and research in and of the Arctic region. It works through the sharing of programs, resources and expertise to promote education and knowledge of the High North.

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