UW representative participates in a seminar on the future development of the Disko Bay/Greenland

UW director Peter Weiss recently returned from a seminar funded through the Nordic Council of Ministers on Sustainable Adaptation to Climate Change and Globalisation in Disko Bay, West Greenland. The seminar comes at a good time; UW recently launched a new master's programme in Coastal Communities and Regional Development and the topics of the seminar in Greenland were closely aligned with the scope of the new masters programme. 

Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre of the Westfjords, together with Joan Nymand Larsen from the Stefansson Arctic Institute and professor at University of Akureyri, the other participant from Iceland, with Ilulissat Kangerlua in the background.
Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre of the Westfjords, together with Joan Nymand Larsen from the Stefansson Arctic Institute and professor at University of Akureyri, the other participant from Iceland, with Ilulissat Kangerlua in the background.
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Coastal Communities and Regional Development: new master’s program at UW

The University Centre of the Westfjords’ new master’s degree study program, Coastal Communities and Regional Development, starts at the end of August 2018. Coastal Communities Studies is an interdisciplinary course that offers insights into sociology, economics, geography, and planning. The course is Iceland’s first coastal communities academic study program, marking a milestone in the development of this field of expertise.

The new program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development is taught at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður Iceland. Photo: Anders Peter Amsnæs.
The new program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development is taught at the University Centre of the Westfjords in Ísafjörður Iceland. Photo: Anders Peter Amsnæs.

Minister of Environment meets up with Coastal and Marine Management Students

Newly appointed Icelandic Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson has chosen the Westfjords for his first official visit into the Icelandic countryside. Guðmundur was an instructor in the CMM program in 2011-2012, and specially requested a time to meet with CMM students at the University Centre of the Westfjords.

Newly appointed Icelandic Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson met up with our students for an informal chat last week. What a great night!
Newly appointed Icelandic Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson met up with our students for an informal chat last week. What a great night!
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Sustainability of Coastal Tourism: Alumni Publication in Regions Magazine

Coastal and Marine Management alumna Anika Truter, who graduated May 2017, has published the results of her thesis on Reynisfjara Beach in Regions Magazine published by the Regional Studies Association in a special issue entitled “Sustainability Transitions in the Coastal Zone.”

Anika and her co-authors.
Anika and her co-authors.
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New programme in Coastal Communities and Regional Development advertised – ISK 10 million still unfinanced

The University Centre of the Westfjords is unveiling some changes on its websites sub-sites, with changes to its look and content – and on closer inspection, readers will discover a whole new programme of study on the website: Coastal Communities and Regional Development.

The governmental steering group on regional development with staff and board members of the Westfjords Municipality Association and UW.
The governmental steering group on regional development with staff and board members of the Westfjords Municipality Association and UW.

New Administrative Director of Teaching hired

The University of the Westfjords received 17 applications for the job of administrative director of teaching, of whom eleven were from the Westfjords and six from outside the region; eleven women and six men. The selection committee decided to hire Margrét Björk Arnardóttir. Margrét Björk is a studies- and careers-officer at Árskóli in Sauðárkrókur and has also worked as studies- and careers-officer at Hólar University and at the Lifelong learning institute for Northwest Iceland in Sauðárkrókur. 

Margrét Björk Arnardóttir is the new Administrative Director of Teaching at UW.
Margrét Björk Arnardóttir is the new Administrative Director of Teaching at UW.

Franklin University Travel Study Program Visit

Yesterday the University Centre welcomed a travel study group from Franklin University Switzerland. This is the fourth year in a row that a student group from Franklin University visits the NW Westfjords. The Iceland tour is a 12-day field experience which allows students to examine first-hand the problems and potentials generated by the country's rapid increase in tourism.

Happy group of students from Franklin University at arrival in the University Centre.
Happy group of students from Franklin University at arrival in the University Centre.
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SIT Climate program students arrive

This morning a new group of students enrolled in the Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic program arrived in Ísafjörður. This study abroad program is offered by the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont USA in collaboration with the University Centre and was launched in 2016.

Just arrived in Ísafjörður! The new SIT student group.
Just arrived in Ísafjörður! The new SIT student group.

Would you like to host an American student?

The University Centre of the Westfjords is now seeking host families in the Ísafjörður area willing to host American undergraduate students September 14 – October 6.

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Sveinbjörn "Simbi" Hjálmarsson, Sóley Árnadóttir and their family hosted two SIT students last summer. (Photo: Simbi)

More than a decade of Icelandic for foreigners

Close to 70 foreign students are now hitting the Icelandic books in the Ísfjörður region as a part of their Icelandic courses offered by the University Centre of the Westfjords. This is the eleventh consecutive summer these courses are taught, they started in 2007 and have long since become a regular part of the August agenda in the vicinity of Ísafjörður.

Some of the students, teachers and staff of the Icelandic courses 2017 joined at the University Centre earlier this week.
Some of the students, teachers and staff of the Icelandic courses 2017 joined at the University Centre earlier this week.
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