About the UArctic Rectors' Forum

The UArctic Rectors' Forums are for the leaders of the University of the Arctic's Higher Education Institution members, and provide a unique opportunity for the heads of these institutions to participate in a common dialogue focused on topics of special relevance. 

Institution leaders (e.g., Rectors, Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, Vice-Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, Vice-Presidents, Vice-Provosts, etc.) are eligible to participate as formal delegates in the Rectors’ Forum. They may, in addition, bring along one or more experts, specialist advisors and/or support staff as part of their delegation. 

Hosted by Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, the 10th UArctic Rectors' Forum was held in conjunction with the inaugural 2016 UArctic Congress.

UArctic 2016 Congress Declaration The Sustainable Future of the Arctic

See also Student Forum 2016 Declaration

For further details see UArctic Rectors' Forum Terms of Reference and the UArctic Charter (adopted at the Rectors' Forum 2008).


"With its geographical location facing both east and west, the University of Aberdeen has unique strengths in northern circumpolar research, in fields ranging from the geosciences and environmental biology to archaeology, anthropology and Scandinavian studies. No other University in the UK currently comes close to being so heavily invested in research in the region, and in none are the prospects for its future development so promising. We are therefore honoured and delighted to be hosting the 2017 UArctic Rectors' Forum and very much look forward to welcoming its distinguished delegates." - Professor Tim Ingold