The third-year student of the Polytechnical Institute at Yugra State University Ilmir Valiakhmetov has become a participant of the first workshop for ambassadors of the network University of the Arctic in Tromsø, Norway. The meeting was held on January 17-20 in conjunction with the 2015 Arctic Frontiers conference.

A total of 14 student ambassadors of the countries neighbouring with the Arctic region met in the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø in order to discuss global climate challenges and its impact on the Arctic. All of the participants represented their countries and regions, had discussions on lifestyle and occupations of indigenous peoples of the North, met Sami and got familiar with their culture and way of life.

Ilmir Valiakhmetov delivered his paper called “Yugra. A life after oil”.

– I told ambassadors and participants of the workshop about our region, its rich resources, recreation facilities and indigenous Khanty and Mansi peoples. During the workshop we met and discussed issues of the Arctic with Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Prime Minister of Finland Alexander Stubb, Norway’s Minister Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, US Special Representative to the Arctic Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. I love my region very much and plan to live here for all my life. I want to do it in such a way that people who will come after me are able to live in Yugra and admire its beauty – said the Arctic ambassador from Yugra State University.

During the 4-day meeting participants attended briefings on the UArctic network and its activities, training sessions on communication and social media. There was an educational component as well, during which the students participated in lectures on contemporary Arctic issues from leading experts from across the UArctic network under the theme “Sustainable solutions for the Arctic". At the end of the workshop students presented and discussed prospects of their own projects on the Arctic development with Prince Albert II of Monaco and government leaders from other Arctic countries.

Famous Soviet and Russian explorer of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, prominent Russian oceanologist, statesman and political figure Artur N. Chilingarov having met with ambassadors from Russia noticed the importance of their mission.

Ilmir calls everyone who feels like staying informed about the future activities of the UArtctic ambassadors to follow the “UArctic” Facebook community and similar community on VKontakte social network.

It is worth to remind that The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network which includes European University at St. Petersburg, Hokkaido University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, North-Eastern Federal University, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Siberian Federal University, Syktyvkar State University, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, University of Lapland and Yugra State University.