Arctic Education Alliance

Building educational capacity in Greenland.

Helping Greenland meet its workforce development needs in the 21st century.

The Arctic Education Alliance (AEA), launched by the US State Department in 2020, is a collaboration between Greenlandic and American educational institutions. Through a partnership involving USM’s Tourism and Hospitality Program, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, the AEA focuses on building educational capacity in Greenland for land and fisheries management, as well as sustainable tourism and hospitality. This collaboration aligns with the overall goals of the Greenland Self-Government

A wide range and productive collaboration.

The USM Tourism and Hospitality Program has collaborated with higher education institutions in Greenland on a range of projects they have identified. These projects have included activities such as monitoring landscape changes using satellite images, co-creating a cookbook featuring recipes from indigenous peoples, and developing a curriculum focused on sustainable tourism in partnership with Campus Kujalleq (CAK), Greenland’s tourism school.

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These efforts have been wildly successful. The cookbook, A Taste of Two Worlds, has not only been published but has been nominated in a record-breaking five categories for the Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards. USM and CAK students completed the research for the curriculum and submitted a report to Greenland’s UNESCO World Heritage site staff. This report includes management recommendations for protected destinations and has been presented by students to both the Greenland/USA Joint Committee in Qaqortoq, Greenland, and at the Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland in October 2023.

A newly formed collaboration with USM TAH faculty and Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness in Maine will bring Greenland students to USM each summer for academic training in the US travel market, indigenizing the curriculum, and best practices in tourism management.

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