Tag Archives: Ole Arve Misund

University of Tromsø leader: The government should let us take over UNIS


The University Centre in Svalbard is hoping to double in size during the next several years – but if the head of The University of Tromsø gets her way it’ll no longer be Svalbard’s university.

A proposed takeover of UNIS by UiT will be discussed by the Tromsø university’s board Tuesday, President Anne Husebekk told High North News. She said the proposal, if approved, would be submitted to the Norwegian government as a recommendation to be included in a revised “white paper” now being drafted that outline policy goals for the archipelago.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Oct. 27, 2015


UNIS director stepping down during critical transition   
Ole Arve Misund is stepping down as the director of The University Centre in Svalbard to become director of the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research) as of Feb. 1.

Book review: ‘The Ice is Melting’ asks right questions about ethics and climate; answers remain elusive


In a book full of questions, one of the toughest to answer is who this book is for.

It treats man-made climate change as fact, which eliminates an unfortunately large percentage of the population. It reveals little information a climate expert doesn’t already know and doesn’t make pure villains out of culprits that climate activists would surely like to see eviscerated. And ultimately the answer to all those questions is less than satisfying: we need more and better dialogue with each other.