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9/19/19 — USM formally elected to University of Arctic network

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USM formally elected to University of Arctic network

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The University of Southern Maine was officially accepted into the University of the Arctic following a presentation by USM President Glenn Cummings on Sept. 18 at Stockholm University.

The University of the Arctic is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. Membership to the University of the Arctic offers students and researchers at USM greater opportunities for exchanges and collaborations.

“Over the past four years, the University of Southern Maine has played a leading state and national role in establishing North Atlantic partnerships and initiatives with universities and organizations here and overseas,” President Cummings said. “Being approved for membership in the University of the Arctic will now provide new research and partnership opportunities for our faculty and students in this ever-increasing important region of the world.”

In 2018, USM formed the Maine North Atlantic Institute to forge greater business, educational and social connections between Maine and countries throughout the North Atlantic. The institute brought together dozens of ongoing projects in which USM students and faculty are working with schools such as Reykjavik University in Iceland and the University of Tromsø in Norway, and businesses such as Whole Oceans.

Last month, the National Science Foundation awarded a $60,607 grant to the Maine North Atlantic Institute to help ignite study of the northern New England coastline and its resilience to climate change.

In Fall 2020, the institute will host an interdisciplinary workshop that will collect student internship projects aimed at engaging communities in research. USM and its partner school on the NSF project, the University of New Hampshire, also plan to reach out to private industry along the coastline.

University of Southern Maine

Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.