Creating Connections and Solutions Across the 全球 North
一个北 is a signature interdisciplinary center at the University of 新英格兰 that convenes faculty, 专业人员, and students to partner with stakeholders from across the global North to address critical social, 环境, 医疗保健, and economic challenges in the North Atlantic and the Arctic regions.
The Center connects UNE’s expertise with a robust network of academic, 业务, 政府, and non-政府al organizations to foster productive partnerships and solve common problems. 一个北 supports students from across the University’s colleges and disciplines to engage with this work, 通过他们的研究, and in their future careers.
Front Door to the New North
Centered in Portland, Maine, where the deep-water harbor is the gateway for U.S. engagement in the global North, 一个北 recognizes the demographic, 地理, 气候, and cultural similarities Maine shares with the North Atlantic and Nordic states.
例如, Maine is a largely rural state with an aging population, where access to quality 医疗保健 is a persistent challenge. Climate change is disrupting traditional fishing and agricultural economies. A deep and admirable culture of 环境 stewardship often clashes with industrial development efforts — even development based on sustainability ideals. Indigenous 社区 struggle to take advantage of economic and educational opportunities while preserving traditional ways of life.
In addressing such issues, we have much to learn from, 还有很多要分享的, our neighbors across the region.
Innovations for 人 and the Environment
Grounded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 一个北 is a leader in promoting sustainable development in Maine, 新英格兰, and throughout the North Atlantic and Arctic region. The Center is also focused on exploring innovative and scalable approaches to expand access to quality 医疗保健, particularly in underserved rural 社区, through tools such as telehealth and digital medicine and by using pedagogical models such as collaborative, interprofessional education.
The Center collaborates with the University’s colleges to envision new academic programs, cultivate new research partnerships, and advance new study abroad opportunities for students.
The “New North” comprises the North Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans, and the countries and 社区 surrounding those areas. What makes it new are changes that have opened up areas that were previously inaccessible, creating opportunities for development and resource extraction while also disrupting traditional ways of life.
一个北 is committed to fostering the health of people, 社区, and the environment within these changing landscapes and seascapes.