The closest university to the North Pole
Every year, almost 500 adventurous students go to study at the world’s most northerly university, a mere 1,200 km from the North Pole. Located on Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago, the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is an ultra-modern teaching and research centre in an exceptionally isolated corner of the planet. Being so far north, Longyearbyen (Svalbard’s “capital”, population: 2,000) provides students and researchers with outstanding possibilities for carrying out scientific studies in extreme locations and conditions. A major research focus is the aurora borealis, as the long winter nights in this part of the world provide ideal conditions in which to observe and analyse this magnificent solar phenomenon.
This film was broadcasted on the largest European news channel, Euronews, since April 15, 2016 in the program "Learning World". The version on this website is Anglo-French (because only one video source) but on Euronews, it has been translated into 13 languages (voiceover in each language): Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian.
We wish you a good journey in images in this extraordinary territory, during the blue hours, with young researchers and professors passionate about their studies and fascinated by the charm of the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago.