Research Partnerships

UArctic LEARN 


Keyano College recognizes the importance and value of research partnerships in the post-secondary sector and how these partnerships play a critical role in innovation, growth, and knowledge transfer. Collaborative research partnerships create the opportunity to solve more complex problems, strengthen the quality of work and identify innovative ways to approach an issue. 

Keyano College supports collaborative institutional partnerships with external organizations to develop research knowledge and to translate this knowledge into socioeconomic benefits within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada and around the world. Partnerships may include community groups, industry and fellow post-secondary institutions. 

yellow flower inside a blue circle University of the Arctic (UArctic) 

The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a network of universities, colleges, research institutes, and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North.  The UArctic network builds and strengthens collective resources and infrastructures that enable member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Created through the Arctic Council, UArctic is committed to upholding its principles of sustainable development as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Vision, Mission, and Values       Shared Voices Magazine

The Assembly

UArctic members have a voice in shaping the future of the network through the Assembly, where all members are represented. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Assembly representatives.

Thematic Networks

Thematic Networks foster issues-based cooperation within UArctic's networks that are focused but flexible enough to respond quickly to topical Arctic issues.

Circumpolar Studies

The Circumpolar Studies (formerly known as Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies, BCS) program gives students the opportunity to learn about the lands, peoples, and issues of the Circumpolar North and prepares them for advanced study or professional employment in fields as diverse as sustainable resource management, self-government, Arctic engineering, and northern tourism. Special emphasis is given to matters concerning indigenous people of the Circumpolar North. The Circumpolar Studies core curriculum has been developed as a collaborative effort of UArctic member institutions, involving leading experts on circumpolar issues.

UArctic member institutions can use the Circumpolar Studies curriculum and framework for local delivery, and participate in the network of institutions that develop and maintain the program. 

Arctic Learning Resources

Resources aimed to facilitate research activities and collaboration within UArctic members. These are also designed as an open access service for the general public, to benefit from the research outputs of our network.


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Labour Education Applied Research North (LEARN) 

Labour Education Applied Research North (LEARN)
 is a joint initiative created in 1995 between the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) and a group of northern Alberta post-secondary institutions. Currently, the partner institutions are:  Keyano College, Northern Lakes College, Northwestern Polytechnic, and Portage College. As of July 2021, the NDAC is no longer part of the group.

The role of LEARN is to:

  1. Provide the partners with labour force and economic information to help them identify new training programs, or modify, suspend, or terminate existing programs. This research informs decision-making regarding student funding and related matters.
  2. Investigate matters of community and/or economic development as they relate to the member institutions’ business.
  3. Report and investigate industry trends, specific occupations, and training opportunities, as well as other related topics such as demographic trends and community needs.

In addition to research, meetings with industry representatives are periodically held to inform the partners about current and future labour force needs. LEARN also serves as a potential forum for further communication and cooperation between the colleges.

For more information about LEARN please email the Institutional Research department.  

Micro-credentialing in Northern Alberta

The latest research conducted on behalf of Labour Education Applied Research North (LEARN) has highlighted the necessity of establishing a shared understanding, desired outcomes, evaluation methods, and quality assurance procedures for micro-credentialing.

Micro-credentialing in Northern Alberta Report (2021) More LEARN reports