The University of Tromsø has played a key role in the development of the University of the Arctic even prior to its launch. The first Council (then called Interim Council) Chair was the University of Tromsø's Asgeir Brekke, who served from 1998 until the official launch of UArctic in 2001. Tromsø has also hosted Board meetings and numerous UArctic events held in conjunction with the Arctic Frontiers conference every January. In addition to being strong participants in north2north mobility exchange and Circumpolar Studies development and delivery, the University of Tromsø participates in and leads several Thematic Networks, such as that on Distance Education and e-Learning. Their Council representative Geir Gotaas has long served as Council Secretary, and now has the role of Vice-Chair.

The program for the 2012 Council meeting will include a Networking Day to engage in open collaboration between UArctic members and activities prior to the regular Council business meetings. There has been great interest from new potential members as from possible new Thematic Networks. Following the meeting participants will have opportunities for excursions in the local region.

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