About the Arctic Five

The Arctic Five is a partnership between Luleå University of Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Umeå University, the University of Lapland, and the University of Oulu, and together we aim to lead the way on Arctic issues. Through this alliance we advance and share knowledge, develop education, undertake research and create innovations for the development of our region and a sustainable Arctic.

Our combined and complementary strengths in education, research and innovation make us a strong knowledge hub and together we make our voices heard in the global Arctic arena. We promote a responsible and sustainable use of Arctic assets, and work for the development of thriving business communities, and guide sustainable societal development.

In addition to stimulating cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary research and education, we coordinate and share our research infrastructure and jointly develop state of the art innovation systems to support business development. Close dialogue with national and regional agencies, local authorities and indigenous communities, as well as an ambition to excel at outreach, are other cornerstones of our collaboration.

Arctic Five collaborations are developed within the key focus areas of Energy, Health and Well-being, Mining, Regional development, Teacher education, and issues relating to the Sápmi / Indigenous people.


Arctic Five – Rectors’ Council met in Rovaniemi
Hosted by the University of Lapland, a meeting of the Arctic Five – Rectors’ Council was held in Rovaniemi on October 16th, 2021, during which important decisions were made on …
Rectors council approves University of Lapland as host for Arctic Five secretariat for next 2 year
Rector’s Council decided on March 5, 2021, that the Arctic Five research university cooperation will develop over the next two years under the leadership of the University of Lapland.