The agreement ensures the continuation of the cooperation between AAU and Ilisimatusarfik that has developed over a number of years. The framework for cooperation was established when the first agreement was reached in October 2007 at the Ilisimatusarfik.
In recent years, educational and research cooperation between AAU and Ilisimatusarfik has mainly been concentrated in the following areas:
- Arctic technological and economic planning
- the study of social work
- teacher training for lecturers
- Arctic affairs and tourism
- commercial and business studies (HD)
- regulation/strategic environmental assessment
Plans are underway for the provision of legal studies for Greenlandic conditions.
The Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Learning in the Arctic (CIRCLA)
In 2012, to provide support for a growing research commitment, AAU established an interdepartmental research centre: The Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Learning in the Arctic (CIRCLA) The initiative was taken by AAU's Faculty of the Humanities, but the centre involves researchers from all faculties.
Current research projects and collaborations
- Cooperation with two selected municipalities on local planning, citizen participation, large-scale projects and sustainable development
- Research and consultancy related to indoor air pollutions and general building standards in Greenland
- NORA, the North Atlantic Cooperation involving the West Nordic countries and Greenland, thus including Ilisimatusarfik
- Research on fishing technology and fisheries regulation in Greenland
- Research on aspects of security policy relating to small Arctic states
- Research on the social and economic effects of climate change in the Arctic
- Cooperation with Greenland’s Home Rule Government on country planning and, in particular, on the use of SIA and EIA in establishing projects that exploit the raw materials and energy of Greenland
- Research on user involvement and the cooperation between international mining and oil industries on the one hand, and, on the other, local communities, regions and indigenous peoples in various parts of the world, including Greenland
- Research and advice about waste management and urban infrastructure development
- Research on capacity building in relation to new business areas and their regulation
- Research on biotechnologically-based methods in mining and quarrying and in the management of waste and residues; this research can be used in further development of the mining sector in Greenland.
- Research on tourism as a profession in the Greenland and on its international image
- Research on business development and potential in Greenland, as well as on knowledge sharing and networking with Danish companies
- Research on the history of exploration and on the history of Greenland research
AAU is involved in a number of other Arctic activities
- AAU is represented in the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
- AAU is a member of the University of the Arctic
- AAU is a member of the Arctic Business Network
- AAU is a member of the Arctic Education Network
- SBi, the Danish Building Research Institute, provides research-based advice to the home rule government of Greenland (in Danish)