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 are photographed below in Aberdeen in August 2017 (Rectors, Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, Vice-Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, Vice-Presidents, Vice-Provosts, etc.) participated as formal delegates in the Rectors’ Forum.  Several brought along experts, specialist advisors and/or support staff as part of their delegation along with Student Forum delegates.  

Aberdeen-UArcticRectorsForum-August2017Hosted by Aberdeen University, Scotland, the 11th UArctic Rectors' Forum was held in conjunction with the inaugural UArctic Research Analytics Institute Meeting. Immediately followed by the International Conference: Conversations from the North. 

The Rectors' Forum concluded with a discussion session between the students and rectors, where the Student Forum presented their own Declaration to the assembled participants. 

The Rectors' Forum Declaration highlights many issues that were raised during the meetings and the main challenges facing universities, research and higher education in the North today. The meeting also highlights the value of partnerships between institutions in the "near North" with those in the Circumpolar North within the UArctic network.

Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, held the 10th UArctic Rectors' Forum 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