Maine North Atlantic Institute

Investing in a Globally Competent Workforce

The Maine North Atlantic Institute (MNAI) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) collaborates with Arctic and North Atlantic partners and invests in innovative research, education, and workforce development programs. These collaborations and investments contribute to Maine’s economy and enable the University of Southern Maine to educate globally competent students.

The Maine North Atlantic Institute launched in 2015 to act as a convener to support the university’s interests in the North Atlantic and Arctic regions. We fund research; develop and strengthen partnerships; and support faculty and student exchanges and educational opportunities.

The Maine North Atlantic Institute leverages the talents, programs, and services of the university and our partners in Maine and the North Atlantic as we improve outcomes in three focus areas:

Environmental & Community Health

Helping communities understand climate change and how to mitigate and adapt to its impact on their environment and health.

Cultural Connections

Connecting Maine to the Arctic and North Atlantic regions through faculty and student exchanges in cultural tourism, the arts and humanities, and multidisciplinary programs.

Economy & Law

Supporting collaborations that connect businesses with educational services, public policy, and oceans and coastal law.

our partners