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Learning Opportunity: Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas - master

Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas - master

Course Information

GENI is a master's program designed to help students take a leadership role in supporting northern and Indigenous communities with governance and economic development through innovative and entrepreneurial approaches.The program includes two field schools, one in Canada and one in Norway, where students are given the opportunity to explore the environment and meet the community stakeholders who represent the focus of the program. As part of the program, all students will be placed in a brief research internship with a Northern stakeholder.
GENI is a joint master's program offered by UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
No new students will be admitted for the 2018/2019 academic year. The next admissions deadline is planned for Spring 2019.

This master's program provides competence in the fields of governance, consultation and entrepreneurship for northern and indigenous communities. It is a venue for students interested in comparing governance challenges in a circumpolar context. The graduates will form an international professional network for sharing a common experience and understanding of the current and future challenges of the North, and how to best resolve them in ways that strengthen the position of the communities and the peoples of the region. An important outcome of the program is to provide students with the ability to take a leadership role in supporting their communities with economic development by using innovative and entrepreneurial approaches.

Mobility is an integrated part of the program. Students are expected to participate in short-term exchanges in the form of field schools, both in Northern Saskatchewan and Northern Norway. Flexible education and online teaching will be a part of all core courses in the program. Through the applied research based internship-course, the program will provide students with a unique opportunity to gain work experience from industry, government and indigenous peoples concerning natural resource management, consultations and negotiations, and economic development or other governance issues in the circumpolar north. Thus, the program combines topical issues with practical application through internship placement and student mobility.

Duration: 3 years (flexible, partly online study).

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6 semester(s)

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Bachelor's degree in social sciences, law or education and a statement of intent.

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The program is interdisciplinary and open to students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Students must document at least three years of study at the university level, equivalent to a bachelor's degree in social sciences, law or education. Students must, in a statement of intent, demonstrate a basic knowledge of northern and indigenous issues, and social sciences.

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of both UiT and UofS.

For more information about general admission requirements to Master's level study programs at UiT go to the following page

Applicants with Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSK) from a Norwegian High School are exempted from the UofS English language proficiency requirements.

The students will be registered at both UiT The Arctic University of Norway and University of Saskatchewan, but will be dedicated to one home institution. The home institution will have primary academic oversight for their student, and also oversee all administrative tasks and responsibilities for this student. A home institution will be seleced with concerns to the students registered address, and preference.

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In the spring of 2018, the GENI will have completed a complete pilot run of its three-year program. The first three cohorts of students will continue uninterrupted, but the program will pause the new admissions in order to conduct a full program review. No new students will be admitted for the 2018/19 academic year, but we fully expect to accept a new cohort in the fall of 2019.

If you have questions regarding admission, please refer to the contact information for the GENI program.



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UiT Norges arktiske universitet
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Hansine Hansensvei 14, 9019 Tromsø

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Norway - Nord-Norge