Our Focus Areas

for building a globally competent workforce

Businesses today are looking for employees who have a broad understanding of the diverse, interconnected world beyond their immediate environment and who are able to communicate effectively with people of varying nationalities and cultural backgrounds. The Maine North Atlantic Institute fosters workforce development initiatives that build the global competence of our future workforce

Market Access

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The MNAI promotes business models of success that further Maine’s economic growth in the North Atlantic Region through collaborations and partnerships that connect businesses with the services they need to be competitive: regulatory compliance, risk management, regulatory advocacy, public policy leadership, and maritime and oceans law. Because businesses today are seeking employees who can approach business problems with ingenuity, innovation, and an entrepreneurial mindset, we sponsor workforce development initiatives that build the 21st century skills of our future workforce.  

Projects

Ross Hickey

Collaborators

New England Ocean Cluster House

Portland, Maine

Iceland Ocean Cluster House

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik University

Reykjavik, Iceland

Courses

MeRTEC Experiential Ethics Study Abroad in Iceland
Carol Nemeroff 
Robert Bruce Thompson

Collaborators

New England Ocean Cluster House

Portland, Maine

Iceland Ocean Cluster House

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik University

Reykjavik, Iceland

MBA Practicum: Experiential New England Ocean Cluster Collaboration

Robert Heiser

New England Ocean Cluster House

Iceland Ocean Cluster House


Portland Maine waterfront businesses


Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Matthew Hoffman

Collaborators

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

Norway

RURALIS Institute for Rural and Regional Research

Trondheim, Norway

Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Ås, Norway

Nofence AS (Grazing Technology Company)

Batnfjordsøra, Norway

The James Hutton Institute

Aberdeen, Scotland

Innovation & Creativity Summer Session
Richard Bilodeau

Collaborators

Reykjavik University

Hallur Sigurdsarson 

Pall Rickardsson 

Hrefna Briem

New England Ocean Cluster House

Portland, Maine 

Iceland Ocean Cluster House

Reykjavik, Iceland

Maine Brewers

Allagash Brewing Company

Rising Tide Brewing

Bissell Brothers

Maine Brewers Guild

Iceland & Maine Tourism: Research, Travel Class, Masters Class in Iceland
Tracy Michaud

Tourism & Hospitality Program Advisory Board


University of Iceland Tourism Faculty


Reykjavik University Faculty


Reykjavik University Industry Advisory Board

Environment &

Community Health

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We work closely with our partners in Maine and the North Atlantic to strengthen students' understanding of climate change and its broad global effects, its impacts on community and human health, and its influence on our global, national, and state economy.

Projects

Suds to Shrimp: Recirculating Aquaculture & Aquaponics Systems
Theodore Willis

Collaborators

Whole Oceans

Maine

University of Maine

Orono, Maine

Alewife Harvesters of Maine

Maine

Sustainable Adaptations to Climate & Landscape Change
Firooza Pavri

Collaborators

University of Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

University of Akureyri

Akureyri, Norway


Iceland Ocean Cluster House

Reykjavik, Iceland

New England Ocean Cluster

Portland, Maine


National Land Survey of Iceland

Akranes, Iceland

Courses

Samstarf & Samarbeid: Exploring Public Health Collaboration in the North Atlantic
Judith Tupper

University of Iceland


Reykjavik University
 

University of Akureyri
 

University of Tromso
 

Robert Gordon University
 

Various business and governmental partners in Iceland, Norway, and Scotland

Seaweed Farming Renaissance in Maine & Iceland: Bio-economy Workforce Development
Ike Levine

Collaborators

Ocean Approved

Paul Dobbins


Sea Grant

Chris Davis

Dana Moore


ATEC, Algal Cultivation Extension

Jeff Flimlin


University of Akureyri

Akureyri, Norway


Reykjavik University

Reykjavik, Iceland

Cultural Connections

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We work closely with our partners in Maine and the North Atlantic to strengthen students' understanding of climate change and its broad global effects, its impacts on community and human health, and its influence on our global, national, and state economy.

Projects

Ross Hickey

Collaborators

New England Ocean Cluster House

Portland, Maine

Iceland Ocean Cluster House

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik University

Reykjavik, Iceland

Courses

MeRTEC Experiential Ethics Study Abroad in Iceland
Carol Nemeroff 
Robert Bruce Thompson

MBA Practicum: Experiential New England Ocean Cluster Collaboration

Robert Heiser

Matthew Hoffman

Collaborators

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

Norway

RURALIS Institute for Rural and Regional Research

Trondheim, Norway

Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Ås, Norway

Nofence AS (Grazing Technology Company)

Batnfjordsøra, Norway

The James Hutton Institute

Aberdeen, Scotland

Innovation & Creativity Summer Session
Richard Bilodeau

Iceland & Maine Tourism: Research, Travel Class, Masters Class in Iceland
Tracy Michaud

Course only Collaboration

Maine Regulatory & Training Ethics Center

Ross Hickey

Landscapes & Livelihoods in the North Atlantic: Research partnerships for rural community development

Matthew Hoffman

Collaborators

Reykjavik University

Iceland Ocean Cluster House

New England Ocean Cluster House

The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research Norway

RURALIS Institute for Rural and Regional Research Trondheim, Norway

Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Ås, Norway

Nofence AS (grazing technology company) Batnfjordsøra, Norway

The James Hutton Institute Aberdeen, Scotland

Courses

MeRTEC Experiential Ethics Study Abroad in Iceland
Carol Nemeroff 
Robert Bruce Thompson

Innovation & Creativity Summer Session
Richard Bilodeau

Collaborators

Reykjavik University

School of Business

Bio-Innovation

Dept. of Psychology

Reykjavik University

Hallur Sigurdsarson 

Pall Rickardsson 

Hrefna Briem

New England Ocean Cluster House

Iceland Ocean Cluster House

Maine Brewers Guild

Maine Brewers

Allagash Brewing Company

Rising Tide Brewing

Bissell Brothers

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work in the North Atlantic

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Competent Workforce

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