Opening of new building significantly strengthens education and research

Greenland has gained a fine and state-of-the-art research facility, as a new building today was inaugurated for use by the Centre for Natural Sciences Education and the Green-land Centre for Health Research. 

With its 1,500 square metres, the building houses teaching facilities, laboratories, clinical rooms, six small-er guest apartments, and office space for 24 persons. The two large laboratories are well equipped for all forms of scientific education, and modern video conference equipment in the classrooms makes it possi-ble to receive teaching from all over the world and broadcast instruction to other locations in Greenland. At the same time, the light and accommodating facilities with good acoustics and beautiful fittings provide the best conditions for a good study and work environment.

The natural sciences education is implemented in collaboration between the Greenland Institute of Natu-ral Resources, Ilisimatusarfik and Danish universities and will ensure more graduates with Arctic scientific background. With the building, the Greenland Centre for Health Research now has the opportunity to expand its Arctic health research and anchor this in Greenland. Both initiatives will contribute to improv-ing education, knowledge and competence building in Greenland, thereby supporting the development towards a self-sustaining society.

The building provides the perfect setting for cross-disciplinary and holistic research and education and is a step in developing the campus community around the Institute and Ilisimatusarfik. The campus idea fits well with the aim to develop a strong focal point for Arctic research and education – an ”Arctic Research Hub” – to increasingly attract and anchor international research in Greenland.

The construction was carried out by Greenlandic enterprises with TNT Nuuk as architect/advisor and Permagreen as contractor, while the Institute of Natural Resources was the owner of the project. The total costs, including fixtures, fittings and special equipment for the laboratories, amount to approx. DKK 55 million. The construction was made possible through donations from Aage V. Jensen foundations, Karen Elise Jensens Fond, Jelling Foundation, NOJ Fonden and Holkegaardfonden, all founded by persons with relation to Master Carpenter Aage V. Jensen, while Maersk Oil Kalaallit Nunaat (with partners Tullow Oil and Nunaoil) supported the building of the laboratories through a concession agreement with the Gov-ernment of Greenland.


For further information, please contact:

Director Klaus Nygaard, phone 361200, e-mail

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Mette Fabricius Skov, chairman of Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation, places the plaque with names of donating foundations in the new building, while Thomas Jensen, grandson of Aage V. Jensen, and great grandson Walther watches. Photo: GN

Mette Fabricius Skov in conversation with the mayor of Kommuneqarfik Sermersooq, Asii Chemnitz Narup. Photo: GN

Chairman of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources Gert Mulvad among the audience in the auditorium. Photo: GN

Minister for Social Welfare, Family, Gender Equality and Justice Sara Olsvig inaugurates the new building attended by Director Klaus Nygaard. Photo: GN

Guests at the reception. Photo: GN