Starting July 10 and till July 16 the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI) has been hosting the 2nd Korea Arctic Academy in Busan, Republic of Korea.
The 2nd Arctic Academy in Korea is sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, and co-organized by the University of the Arctic and Korea Maritime Institute. Student participants come from different UArctic members institutions. Altogether 29 students including 11 indigenous students from 7 Arctic countries and 10 Korean students have been participating in lectures and discussions on various Arctic agenda, visiting Korea’s Arctic related institutions, and experiencing traditional and modern Korean culture.
Among keynote speakesr at the Arctic Academy were Bernard Funston the Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG), James Gamble the Executive Director of the Aleut International Association, Matti Heimonen Ambassador of Finland in Korea, Odin Kwon the Vice President of the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., LTD and others. During their short-term courses students also prepared presentations on an Arctic relevant topic of their choice. Due to the diverse academic background of the students, many themes concerning Arctic were mentioned, such as marine seismic surveys in the Arctic, world reindeer herding, indigenous peoples in Arctic governance, rights of the people living in the Artic etc.