- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine college is partnering with two Icelandic universities to build its reach in the North Atlantic and Arctic.

University of New England announced the partnership with University of Akureyri (ah-KEE’-air-ee) and Holar (HOE’-lahr) University College. It was signed during last week’s 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly.

Officials with the University of New England say the partnership will help grow new undergraduate exchange programs, develop international masters’ degree programs and foster cooperation on marine research.

University of New England vice president Anouar Majid says Iceland is the “gateway to a part of the world that is getting a lot of attention” on the world stage.

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