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The University of Akureyri was founded on September 5, 1987, in the city of Akureyri in the northeastern part of Iceland. It has grown since then, establishing a school of health sciences, humanities and social science, and a school of business and science. Over 2000 students attended the University in the autumn semester of 2014, around half of them through distance education, making the University the largest provider of distance education. The University of Akureyri coordinates with other Icelandic Universities to operate the University Centre of the Westfjordslocated in Ísafjörður, which operates two master's degrees in Coastal and Marine Management and the other in Marine Innovation. Additionally, The University of Akureyri coordinates with other Nordic Universities for the West Nordic Studies and Polar Law Masters programs.
The University has built a reputation for academic excellence and good industrial relations. Located in the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, the University has been instrumental in the economic growth of the region. It is central in its planning for a future as a knowledge-based society.
The University of Akureyri prepares students for a wide range of opportunities in both the private and the public sectors. Education offered by the University aims at providing its graduates with specific skills and knowledge of scientific methods as well as theoretical skills that will enable them to improve their qualifications. Education and research are closely linked to achieving this, first and foremost, by assigning equal importance to them in the academic and scientific staff's daily work. Whenever possible, course work is based on research.
The University was founded in September 1987, by establishing two Faculties, in Health Sciences and Industrial Management. The University is at present operating in three Schools School of Business and Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Health Sciences. The number of students is around 2,000 and members of staff are around 200.
UK's policy emphasizes on being progressive in teaching and research that meets international standards. Emphasis is placed on teaching and research related to Icelandic society and the economy, as well as fields related to Arctic issues.
UNAK is an international university where standards of research and teaching are international. UNAK emphasizes significantly the importance of cooperating with universities in the North and is one of the founding members of the University of the Arctic, a collaborative network of universities in the North. The University of the Arctic links universities and organizes student exchange programs (North2North), thematic networks, joint degrees, etc. UK's policy emphasizing Arctic issues has created uniqueness for the University, which is now both domestically and internationally recognized for teaching and research in disciplines related to the North.
On the page to the right you can see information about the Nansen-professor position in the Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation network which UNAK is a founding partner of, and various organizations on Arctic issues, as well as information about studies at UNAK related to the Arctic issues.

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