The Baltic University Programme (BUP) strives to find novel ways of interaction among universities and between universities and society. The BUP is an innovative network with the aim to enhance strong local and international educational communities.
The network was founded in 1991. Today the BUP consists of about 230 universities and other institutes of higher learning in the Baltic Sea region. That is 14 different countries, which makes the BUP to one of the largest networks in the domain of universities.
The BUP focuses on questions of sustainable development, environmental protection, and democracy in the Baltic Sea region. The aim is to support the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development according to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This is achieved by developing university courses, support interdisciplinary research cooperation, and by participation in transdisciplinary projects in cooperation with authorities, municipalities and others.
Yearly the BUP develops and arranges courses for both students and their teachers. The courses are held at different universities within the network, but welcome participants from all the BUP member universities. The most special are the courses SAIL for students and SAIL for teachers. The SAIL-courses combine studying an academic course with the practical work onboard a tall sailing ship.
Besides courses, the network also organizes conferences for both students and teachers in higher education. For PhD-students a specific course is held each year. During the latest time the research profile within the focus areas of the BUP has strengthen.
The Baltic University Programme Coordinating Secretariat at Uppsala University, Sweden, coordinates the network. Associate Secretariats are situated in Finland (Åbo Akademi University), Poland and Germany. Every member country has its own national center.
BUP Finlands webpage: http://bup.fi
BUP’s webpage: http://www.balticuniv.uu.se/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Baltic-University-Programme-146582272072325
Center Director BUP Finland
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