Exploring the Northern Dimension


Aalto University, Finland

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary university established in 2010 as a merger of three leading Finnish higher education institutions: Helsinki School of Economics, University of Art and Design Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology. The combination of three universities opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. Aalto university's ambitious goal is to be one of the leading institutions in the world in terms of research and education in its own specialized disciplines.

The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture was established in 1871. It is the largest of its kind in the Nordic countries and one of the most prestigious in the whole world. The School researches design, digital media, audiovisual presentation, art education and visual culture. The viewpoint of usefulness forms the foundation of artistic activity.

The Aalto University School of Business was established in 1904 by the business community and it received University standing in 1911. The School of Business is one of the leading business schools in Europe and globally recognized for its management research and education in particular. It is the first Nordic business school to receive all three of the field's international accreditations (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS). The research at the School of Business focuses on business expertise, which is based on multidisciplinary international research and intensive cooperation with society and industry. Its research focus areas are globalization and competitiveness, financial markets and services, information economy and business networks research.

Helsinki University of Technology was founded in 1849 and it received university status in 1908. It was divided into four new schools of technology as of 1 January 2011. The Schools of Technology are highly committed to high-quality scientific research, which covers all the main fields of architecture and technology. Areas of emphasis for the School of Chemical Technology include environment-friendly and energy-efficient processes, the diverse utilisation of wood and other biomaterials, new materials and their application, new engine fuels, the shaping of micro-organisms and enzymes as well as novel pharmaceuticals and biomaterials. Important research areas at theSchool of Electrical Engineering include traditional electronics, electrotechnology and telecommunications technology. Micro- and nanotechnology have also been emphasised by researchers in recent years. There are almost two dozen research units, which focus on subjects ranging from acoustics to intelligent power electronics. TheSchool of Engineering researches and teaches fields that encompass all aspects of our built environment. Climate warming, energy conservation and the sustainable utilization of natural resources form the focal areas of both research and education. The School of Science engages in world-class fundamental research, the results of which it uses to develop scientific and technological applications. The fields of computation and modelling, materials research as well as ICT and media account for a large share of the research performed at the School.

Aalto University has taken part in NDI via the activities of the Center for Markets in Transition/Aalto University School of Business and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Aalto University/Center for Markets in Transition is the lead coordinator of NDI from 2013.

Contact person(s):
Riitta Kosonen, Prof., Director, Aalto University, School of Business, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT)
Piia Heliste, NDI Coordinator, Aalto University, School of Business, Center for Markets in Transition (CEMAT)


Contact person(s):
Eija Salmi, Director, International Affairs, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University


AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

AGH University of Science and Technology is one of the best and most renowned modern Polish universities. For many years it has been ranked in the top of the list of institutions of higher education. AGH UST is a leading Polish university in modern technologies, and belongs to a group of prestigious international educational centres.

The AGH University of Science and Technology, established on 20th October, 1919, until 1949 known as the Academy of Mining, founded after long-lasting endeavours which had started in 1782, the date when the Ore Commission was established, has been continuing the traditions of the Academy of Mining in Kielce (1816-1827), inaugurated by Stanisław Staszic. The university, being a technical school, serves science and industry through educating students, the development of academic staff, as well as research and development. The university cherishes its traditions and educates students to be honest, responsible people both at work and as the members of the society, according to its motto: “Labore creata, labori et scientiae servio” (Created in labour, I serve labour and science).

Contact person(s):
Tomasz Marcin Orzechowski, Dr. Assistant Professor, AGH University of Science and Technology


Barents Institute, Norway

In response to the need to produce knowledge about and to explain the border region between Norway and Russia, and to gain competence on the transnational relationships among the countries in the Barents Region, The Barents Institute was forged in 2006. The central focus of The new Barents Institute is on the research and knowledge production regarding border regions and borderlands in Europe. In the process, we aim to fill a niche in Norwegian academia, which does not yet offer a specialization on border studies and research. Located in Northern Norway, The Barents Institute also pursues goals outlined in Norway's strategic plans on the High North within the Barents Region and in comparative perspective.

Contact person(s):
Urban Wråkberg,Professor, The Arctic Univesrsity of Norway, Department of Tourism & Northern Studies
Dr Aileen A. Espíritu, Director of the Barents Institute


Belarus State University of Transport, Belarus

The University has 8 Faculties, which provide training of students of the preparing (full-time education). The University has a Faculty of Professional orientation and to Preparatory education, where students prepare to enter the University. The University has a correspondence Department, where specialists are trained for industrial production for 6 years. Training is remote in nature. Twice a year the students come to the University to pass examinations, or listen to a lecture course (Duration of each session is 1 month). After they receive the diploma of higher education in the areas listed above. The University has a scientific-research sector, which directs the work of the University with production. When the chairs were created 10 research laboratories engaged in the development of fundamental science and the tasks of production.

Contact person(s):
Konstantin Bochkov, Pro-rector on Scientific Work, Dr.Sci.Tech., Professor, Establishment of Education, Belarus State University of Transport
Regina Vostrova, Manager, Cand.Tech.Sci., Faculty of Ecology and rational use of water resources, Ministry of Education


Belarusian State Technological University, Belarus

Belarusian State Technological University is one of the leading educational and scientific centers of the Republic of Belarus. It was founded in 1930. Now the University is a large multi-profile educational and scientific center in the Republic of Belarus. The activities of the University cover a wide scope ranging from training highly competitive specialists to research and development and innovative activities.

The University contains 10 faculties, 51 departments, 4 affiliates of departments, Negoreloye forestry experimental station, 29 educational-scientific centres which train about 13,000 students and 130 doctorates and post-graduates. Over 400 specialists of various branches of industry are annually provided with retraining and qualification up-grade courses.

The University trains engineers for 28 specialities and 58 specializations; at the same time the University trains highly-qualified researchers doing Master's, PhD and Doctor Degree courses.

Since its foundation the University has trained over 63,300 specialists including 600 for 38 foreign states. Among them are outstanding scientists, laureates of national awards, ministers, managers of large companies and enterprises.

Contact: inter(a)belstu.by

Daugavpils University, Latvia

Daugavpils University was founded in 1921 and today is the biggest regional state university and the only university in Eastern-Latvia. DU offers to achieve knowledge in 5 faculties and 51 study programmes. Main research disciplines of DU scientists are Literary Science, Linguistics, History, Biology, Environmental sciences, Physics, Economy, Sociology, Psychology, Education and Art.

Knowledge-based society is forming Latvia's and Daugavpils socioeconomic environment and University must be core promoter of the development, because each of the academic staff and student must be keen for new knowledge, work hard to research and discover and actively pass on the acquired cognitions and results to society in general. For this reason DU motto is Scientia Vinces that means "Through knowledge you win". And our main goal – to become a modern scientific University, which educates not only students but society in general!

Contact person(s): 
Vladimirs Mensikovs, Professor, Daugavpils University
Vera Boronenko, Dr.oec., leading reseacher, Daugavpils University


Daugavpils University

European University Cyprus

European University Cyprus developed out of Cyprus College, which was founded in 1961 by Ioannis Gregoriou. The purpose was to provide a well-rounded education of high caliber, so that students would acquire the necessary academic and practical knowledge in their fields of study. A major development in the College's history took place in 2000, when programs of study leading to Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's degrees were accredited by the Accreditation Council (SEKAP) of the Republic of Cyprus.

On 24 February 2006 an application was filed for the establishment and operation of a private University according to the "Private Universities (Establishment, Operation and Control) Law 109(1) of 2005". The application evaluation process by the Evaluation Committee of Private Universities of the Republic of Cyprus, which was laborious and involved on-site visits of several evaluation teams, led to the acceptance of the application in September 2007.

On 12 September 2007, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus rendered a decision for the establishment and operation of European University Cyprus, and licensed it to start its operation as of 1 October 2007, with four Schools, namely, the School of Arts and Education Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Sciences. All undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by European University Cyprus are recognised nationally and internationally.

Contact person(s):
Kosta Gouliamos, Professor, Vice-rector for Research, European University Cyprus


Geological Survey of Finland

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is a European centre of excellence in assessment, research and sustainable use of Earth resources. Our mission is to produce and disseminate geological information for industry and society that promotes systematic and sustainable use of crustal resources and the national geological endowment.

Our research programmes are geared to creation of innovative technology and applications. We serve as Finland's national geoscientific information centre and participate actively in international research and project work. GTK is an agency of Finland's Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

Contact person(s):
Keijo Nenonen, Research Director, Geological Survey of Finland
Petri Lintinen, Programme Director, Geological Survey of Finland


Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Contact person(s):
Artem Shishkin, Head of Department, Ph.D., Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Nikolai Kolesnikov, Researcher, Ph.D., Department of Regional Economical Policy, Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Institute of Radiobiology of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Belarus

Contact person(s):
Halina Hutseva, Senior Scientist, Cand. Agricultural Sciences, Institute of Radiobiology of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Voha Yurchyk, Junior Scientist, Endocrinology, Institute of Radiobiology of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus


Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, Germany

The ISL - Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics was founded in Bremen in 1954. By combining tradition with modern science, we have since positioned ourselves as one of Europe's leading institutes in the area of maritime research, consulting and knowledge transfer.

Contact person(s):
Joachim Meyer, Logistics Systems, Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics


Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

The Institute of Europe is a structural subdivision of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), associated with the Faculty of Social Sciences and founded on January 2, 2001, after the re-organization of the Department of European Integration of the above-mentioned Faculty.

The Institute of Europe curates the European Integration master studies programme. It publishes the journal European Integration Studies (in English) that is cited in the EBSCO database.

In cooperation with other University departments, National and European universities as well as National and European institutions, Institute of Europe: Organize, coordinate and analyze European processes, lifestyle and integration outcomes for the cultural, social and economic fields, especially in the technological area and industry; Conduct Master degree European integration studies as well as Bachelor degree European studies, prepare PhD students; Accumulate and disseminate European Union official information in the European Documentation Centre; Pursue consulting and educative activities related with Europe integration processes. First Cycle (Bachelor's Degree) Programme of European Studies During this time of your studies you will go deep into modern European history in a comparative perspective, the complexity of European cooperation processes, cultural differences between countries and into the multiplicity of European Union's enlargement and integration processes. During your studies you will learn to interpret changes taking place in Europe and policies, will participate in and carry out projects, where you will learn to work in a multicultural team and develop skills of discussion, design activities, intercultural communication; as well as you will have the opportunity to learn how to communicate fluently and constructively in Lithuanian, English and French or German languages. The program is conducted in conjunction with the KTU Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

Contact person(s):
Kestutis Krisciunas, Professor, Director, Kaunas University of Technology,Institute of Europe
Živilė Paužaitė, Manager of Academic Exchange and Networks, KTU Department of International Relations


Komi Science Center, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

The scientific complex of the Komi Republic is one of the most developed among the regions of Russia. Numerous scientific expeditions studying the natural resources of the Pechora and the possibilities of their use worked on the territory of the republic at the beginning of the 20th century. Pechora science and history station established in Ust-Tsilma in 1906 was the first scientific institution of the Russian Academy of Sciences on the territory of the republic.

The first learned society known as the Society for the Komi Krai Research aiming at a comprehensive study of the region was established in Syktyvkar in 1922. More than 100 research groups and expeditions worked on the territory of the region in the 1920s preparing a basis for the development of scientific investigation. The natural resources of the region have attracted attention of numerous science centers. Along with dozens of various expeditions and research groups working on the territory of the republic the Society has prepared basis for the development of scientific investigation. The Society for the Komi Krai Research has made a contribution into organization research and development in humanities.

The systematic academic research on the territory of the Komi Republic started in the 1930s. The Komi Scientific Research Institute was established in Syktyvkar in 1934 starting the investigation of the Komi language, literature, history, agriculture and geology of the region.

Today the Komi Science Centre comprises six institutes, the Biologic Research and Development Station in Vylgort, the Department of Mathematics, the Laboratory of Comparative Cardiology and the Department of Humanitarian Interdisciplinary Studies (includes the Scientific Archive and Encyclopedia). It has a publishing house, a scientific library, the museums of Geology, Biology and Archaeology and preserves its own social infrastructure.

The widely known Academician N.P. Jushkin scientific school of Mineralogy, Academician M.P. Roshchevsky school of Environmental Physiology and Academician Yu.S. Ovodov school of Molecular Immunology and Biotechnology were formed in the Komi Science Centre. Academician A.M. Askhabov scientific school is developing actively.

The fundamental and applied scientific investigations carried out in the Komi Science Centre are a basis for innovative development, especially for the natural resources sectors of economy. The Komi Science Centre has possibilities for development of research in physical and mathematical sciences, biochemistry and complex geosystems analysis, for organization of centers for innovations and small innovative enterprises, for construction of new buildings and permanent study areas.

Contact Person: Aleksandr Lyurov

email: cooperation(a)presidium.komisc.ru

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is an agile science university – a pioneer combining technology and business ever since its inception in 1969. Today our international community consists of 6500 students and experts, who share a passion for innovation through science. The LUT community represents 67 nationalities from all over the world, and enjoys the facilities of an internationally acclaimed Green Campus by Lake Saimaa.

LUT’s strategic focus areas are green energy and technology, sustainable value creation and our role as an international hub of Russian relations. LUT’s operations are characterised by a solution-focused way of thinking, and a will to contribute to the well-being of the surrounding society.

Contact person(s):
Katja Lahikainen, Project Manager,Lappeenranta University of Technology


Lund University, Sweden

Lund University has a long and vibrant history covering almost 350 years of teaching. It has evolved from just a few hundred students and professors being paid with meat and grain into its present form, with around 47 000 students and a position of excellence in international teaching and research.

Sweden has had, in the past, a turbulent history with Denmark. With the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, Denmark lost the southern counties of Skåne, Blekinge and Halland to Sweden. Lund University was founded in 1666 as a step in the process of making Skåne Swedish and to demonstrate the re-establishment of Swedish control. There had previously been a studium generale (the equivalent of a university college) for priests in Lund, founded in 1438 and operational in the 16th century.

The new university was given the name Regia Academia Carolina. At the beginning there were only four faculties – theology, law, medicine and philosophy.

Originally, the University did not have any premises of its own for teaching. At the end of the 17th century Karl XI donated Kungshuset in the Lundagård park to the University, which thus acquired its first main building.

The real rise of the University came during the 18th century. New chairs were established and the number of students increased.

In 1852 the University was given new statutes that replaced the outdated regulations in force, and the state took over responsibility for finances. In the 1880s the first few female students began studying in Lund.

In the late 19th century, the Faculty of Philosophy was divided into a Faculty of Humanities and a Faculty of Science. In 1964 the social sciences were broken off from the humanities. In 1969 the Lund Institute of Technology (LTH) became the Faculty of Engineering. Later additions have included the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts. At the end of the 20th century the University had developed into its current structure, with eight core faculties and a range of surrounding institutes.

In 1900 there were only 1 000 students in Lund, a small elite who were educated for higher public office as priests, teachers, doctors and lawyers. Lund University grew strongly throughout the 20th century and is today Sweden's largest institution of higher education and research.

The campus reflects the University's history, with magnificent buildings separated by cobbled streets and green spaces, but also its vision for the future with, for example, one of Sweden's largest science parks located close to the campus and the planned MAX IV facility and ESS European spallation source.

Ad utrumque, 'prepared for both', is Lund University's motto, referring to the book and the sword in the University's seal from the 17th century. Today the expression can be applied to a number of the dual values for which the University stands, such as tradition and innovation or breadth and depth.

Contact person(s):
Niklas Bernsand, Coordinator CFE Ph.D. student
Rikard Bengtsson, Department of Political Science


Malmö University, Sweden

Malmö University strives to be a university open to all: a university that is structured to cope with our ever-changing job market through a multidisciplinary approach that crosses traditional faculty boundaries.

Malmö University was founded in 1998 and is a young, modern and international university. It has about 25 000 students and offers undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Malmö University's mission is to be an active hub for research, education, and innovation that benefit a global society. The activities of Malmö University are centred on the major challenges in our society today and we strive to become a university open to the world around us. Hence, our research is often multidisciplinary and is frequently pursued in collaboration with partners from outside the university.

Contact person(s):
Bo Petersson, Professor, Malmo University


National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Higher School of Economics was founded on November 27, 1992, by ordinance of the Government of the Russian Federation. In October 2009, the Higher School of Economics obtained the status of a National Research University.

On December 23, 2010, the University received the status of an autonomous educational institution (by Decree No. 1109 of the Government of the Russian Federation: On the Creation of a Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education, National Research University - Higher School of Economics).

On December 30, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation ordered that the Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM), along with two continuing education institutions, the Training Center for Managers and the State Academy of Investment Experts (GASIS), be merged with the Higher School of Economics.

In July 2013, the HSE was named a winner in a competition for government support aimed at propelling Russia's leading HEIs into the world's top 100 universities.

Over 22,098 undergraduate students, 4,450 master's programme students, and 536 doctoral students are studying at the HSE. As of October 1, 2013, 16,182 students were enrolled in the HSE, Moscow.

The HSE has three regional branches: St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm. As of October 1, 2013, the HSE faculty included 1,910 professors and 889 researchers.

Contact person(s):
Stanislav Lazovsky, Director, Scientific-information and Analytic Center of Cross-Border and Interregional Cooperation
Margarita Zaretskaya, Deputy Director, Scientific-information and Analytic Center of Cross-Border and Interregional Cooperation


Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russia

Northern Arctic Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov located in Arkhangelsk is North-West Russia's largest research and educational centre, a member of Eurasian University Association and Association of the Leading Russian Universities. It was established in 2010 by a merger between Arkhangelsk State Technical University (ASTU), Pomor State University, Peter the Great Forestry Engineering College in Arkhangelsk and Severodvinsk Technical College.

Being one of Russia's nine federal universities, NArFU has a mission of supporting Russian Federation Arctic Strategy implementation. NArFU is the only Russian university being tasked with training experts of international level for the Arctic in areas such as engineering, technology, mathematics, humanities and life sciences. Alongside with natural and technical sciences the University has long-standing academic traditions in training specialists in linguistics, intercultural communication, journalism, law, international relations, psychology and pedagogics (the university offers over 260 academic programmes in total). NArFU 3 branches and 17 institutes currently have more than 24000 students.

International cooperation is one of NArFU priority areas. Today the university is developing international relations with more than 100 foreign universities, companies and organizations from 27 countries of the world. NArFU is actively collaborating within various international networks and consortia. It acts as a member of the governing bodies and key actor of the University of the Arctic and hosts University of the Arctic Research Office. Since 2012 it has been co-chairing Barents Euro-Arctic Council Joint Working Group on Education and Research being aimed at expanding scientific and educational collaboration in the Barents Region. In 2013 it was nominated the Northern Dimension Institute co-coordinator.

Contact person(s):
Marina Kalinina, PhD in Philosophy,Vice-Rector for International Cooperation
Svetlana Pirogova,Head of Communications and International Protocol Unit, International Cooperation Department


Petrozavodsk State University, Russia

Petrozavodsk State University is one of the largest educational institutions in the European North of Russia. The university has one of the largest libraries in the Republic Karelia. Besides education, the university conducts research in various fields of science, including 28 joint international programs. PetrSU joint scientific research projects with universities of Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Poland, the United States and Canada. Each year the university holds about 10 international conferences. The University won the leading places by the "internationalization» criterion and the third place among the universities that promote the employment of students and graduates. It has 77 international agreements with foreign universities, research organizations and scientific-and-production companies of Finland, Canada, the USA, the Great Britain and Italy.

Contact person(s):
Liudmila Kulikovskaya, Project director, The European Union Centre in the Barents Region
Natalya Kravchenkova, Head of the Directorate for International Cooperation


Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA), Latvia

RISEBA is a university type private higher educational institution fully accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia.

Being one of the first private higher education institutions in Latvia, today RISEBA is among 10 largest higher education institutions in Latvia (both public and private). Over the last two decades RISEBA has gone through a substantial transformation from a small ambitious business school to the university that provides, in addition to business and management programmes, studies in communications, audiovisual media arts and architecture, thus transforming the institution into "the place where business meets arts".

RISEBA stands out from the other higher education institutions as the one having clear international focus and is distinguished by the exclusivity of the study programmes offered and variety of languages of instruction.

RISEBA provides programmes which are either unique in the market or were first introduced to the market by RISEBA.

Contact person(s):
Aleksejs Nipers, Director, Institute of Economics and Business


Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia

Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) - established by a merger between three leading higher schools of Economics – Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance (also known as FINEC), Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics (ENGECON) and Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Services.

The fundamental principle of this merger was the conservation of scientific schools and the best traditions of the universities. In this regard, the structure of SPbSUE includes a number of institutes. The Institute of Economics (FINEC) - accumulates the bachelor and specialist programs in the fields of economy and finance. Institute of Management (ENGECON) - trains bachelors and specialists in the field of management, quality management, etc. Institute of Service (GUSE) - from 1 September 2013 focuses on training students of undergraduate level in the service sector, tourism and related industries. For those who, after four years, prefer to continue their studies, master's programs in a broad range of areas are offered by the Master Institute.

The merged schools have long-term academic traditions and partnership with a wide range of foreign universities around the world. Establishment of the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics is an opportunity to share experience, to start working on new projects and to find new ways of collaboration with partner-universities. With its 14 faculties, 60000 students, 6000 staff, including 3200 professors and teachers SPbSUE is not only an educational but also a research center in the field of innovation, IT, economics and management, marketing, quality management, business administration etc.

The quality management system of UNECON has been certified according to the ISO 9001:2008 by National (GOST) and International (IQNet) quality assurance systems.

Contact person(s):
Dmitry Vasilenko,Vice-rector on international affairs
Sofia Rekord, Head of Dept. of International Economic Relations


Saint-Petersburg University of Culture and Arts, Russia

Saint-Petersburg Institute of Culture and Arts (SPbGUKI) is one of the oldest universities in Russia that has educated several generations of talented musicians, choreographers, art and culture critics, librarians, and educational specialists. The institute is one of the biggest center of excellence in cultural and art sphere, a leader in art education in Russia. 

SPbGUKI collaborates with universities from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Israel, India, Finland, Latvia, Canada, Japan. It also a member of international university networks, such as: the Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN), International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media CUMULUS, the European League of Institutes of Arts (ELIA).

Contact person(s):
Sergei Melkishev, Head of International Relations Office
Victoria Tolpegina, Specialist, Department of International Programmes


St. Petersburg State University, Russia

Founded in 1724, St. Petersburg State University is the oldest institution of higher education in Russia.  During the 290 years of its existence University secured the right to be acknowledged as one of the best institutions of higher education in Russia: its rich history, modern large-scale research activities, development and innovations make University ahead of the curve in the field of Russian science.

At present, there are more than 32,000 students in University, receiving education in more than 323 specialties in 24 faculties. University's staff comprises almost 14,000 people, including nearly 6,000 teachers (1,000 Doctors of Science, over 2,000 Candidates of Science, 42 Academicians of state academies) who represent 289 academic departments.

In November 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law granting St. Petersburg State University the special status of "a unique scientific and education complex, an oldest institution of higher education in Russia being of a great importance to the development of the Russian society". The right of giving its own diplomas with the official symbols of the Russian Federation has also been granted to University.


Tallinn University, Estonia

Tallinn University is an innovative and academically enriching university. It is acknowledged both locally and internationally for its role as a centre for science and education.

The mission of Tallinn University is to support the sustainable development of Estonia through research and its application to academic partnership, including the preparation of intellectuals as well as public dialogue in order to facilitate this partnership.

Tallinn University incorporates19 institutes and 6 colleges in which study and research is conducted in six different disciplines: Educational sciences, Humanities, The Arts, Natural Sciences, Social sciences and Health sciences

More than 10,000 students, including 500 foreign students, are enrolled in Tallinn University's bachelor, master and doctoral study programmes. Approximately 15,000 people also participate in further education and Open University studies each year.

The university employs a total of almost a thousand people, including 450 researchers and teaching staff. Compared to other institutions, Tallinn University has the greatest percentage of foreigners (9.4%) working as regular academic employees in Estonia.

The International Summer School organized by Tallinn University hosts about 300 participants from 50 countries every year.

Tallinn University was founded when a number of universities and academic institutes were consolidated into a single institution on 18 March 2005.

Contact person(s):
Sulev Lääne, R&D Manager, law and public administration lecturer 
Viola Rea-Soiver, Coordinator, Lecturer in Public Management


University of Applied Sciences Flensburg, Germany

We at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences cover a wide competency range in engineering and sciences with around 4,100 students in thirteen bachelor’s and six master’s degree courses. We have placed a clear focus on energy engineering. “Top of Germany” refers both to our geographical location in Germany bordering on Scandinavia, between the North Sea and Baltic, and the top positions we regularly achieve in Germany’s university rankings, positions that stand witness to the first-class quality of our professorial and teaching expertise and the quality in consultation and support we give our students. In addition, our ideal study conditions, lively technology transfer with industry, and practical approach to teaching at our modern campus are compelling arguments for studying here in Flensburg. Our small study groups and excellent material equipment provide an ideal foundation for individual student support in a personal environment. Apart from renewable energy, our engineering courses include marine engineering, biotechnology and process engineering, mechanical engineering, communications, IT and media IT. The economics departments at our university are mainly geared towards business information technology, international technical communication. Finally, collaboration with 40 universities across the world along with the international recognition bestowed upon our bachelor’s and master’s degree qualifications ensure that our students will be given an ideal theoretical and practical grounding for their future careers in Germany and beyond

Contact person(s): 
Heike Bille, Vice President


University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics ITMO, Russia

The ITMO University is the leading university of Russia in the field of the information and photon technologies, and has the status of the national research institute. Since 2013, the University is the participant of the program 5 in 100 - the program to increase the competitiveness of Russian universities among the leading world research-educational centres. Besides the photon and information technologies, the ITMO University develops also other directions of research (in particular, the ecology, the environment, the agriculture ect.). Our University actively develops the direction of the life science. Also, research fields are focused on biotechnologies, the wastewater treatment, the oil spills and the oil sorbents and the polymer materials in the conditions of the low temperature and the harsh climate, the treatment of the environment by the low temperatures (as example, the Barents sea).

Top research areas
• Photonics and Optics
• Intelligent Technology and Robotics
• Life Sciences and Health
• Natural Sciences
• “Smart” Materials, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
• IT in Economics, Social Sciences and Art

Top technologies:
• Technologies for monitoring and prognosis of the state of the environment, pollution prevention and elimination
• Technologies for prediction of environmental and technological disasters
• New generation of technologies for space and transport equipment
• Genomic, proteomic and post-genomic technologies
• Technologies for information, management and navigation systems

Contact person(s):

Vasilyev V. N., the rector of the University

Evgeniya Samuilova

email: evgenia-sm(a)yandex.ru

University of Latvia, Department of Political Sciences

The University of Latvia with its 15,000 students, 13 faculties and more than 20 research institutes is one of the largest comprehensive and leading research universities in the Baltic States. The University offers more than 130 state-accredited academic and professional study programmes. At University of Latvia, research is conducted in over 50 research fields which represent four main areas of inquiry: the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education sciences. The University of Latvia pays great attention to the development of international collaboration. At present the University of Latvia has signed more than 500 agreements with 326 institutions in 31 European countries within ERASMUS programme.

Contact person(s): 
Janis Ikstens, Professor, University of Latvia


University of Oulu, Finland

The University of Oulu is an international science university which creates innovation for the future, well-being, and knowledge through multidisciplinary research and education. The University of Oulu researches people and culture in a changing living environment, as well as opportunities that new technology provides for improving the well-being of people and the environment. The University is a multidisciplinary expert in Northerness. Founded in 1958, the research and education community includes 16 000 students and 3000 employees. The nine faculties and the specialized research units of the University create the foundation for multiscientific research, innovation and training of experts for demanding professional tasks. The Thule Institute is a research centre of the University of Oulu. It's focus is on research and doctoral training related to the northern and arctic environment, natural resources and sustainability.

Contact person(s):
Arja Rautio, Research professor


University of Tampere, Finland

The University of Tampere participates in the Northern Dimension Institute through its Jean Monnet Centre based in the School of Management. The University has strengths in the area of Northern Dimension policy, EU-Russian relations, energy and environment, political economy, foreign policy, Russian language, culture and education and the Baltic Sea region as well as EU neighbourhood policy.

Contact person(s): 
Hanna Ojanen, Jean Monnet Professor, Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence 
Minna Hoijer, Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre, Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence


University of Turku, Finland

The academic history of Turku reaches all the way to the 13th century, when citizens of Turku went to study in the universities of Central Europe. In 1640, Finland's first university, the Royal Academy of Turku, was founded by Queen Christina of Sweden.

The University of Turku was established in 1920 with the help of a fund-raising campaign. The University of Turku was Finland's first Finnish university.

The university's founding years were Finland's first as an independent country. This spirit of patriotism can be seen in the old, but still used, university's motto: From a Free People to Free Science and Learning.

Contact person(s): 
Johanna Yliskylä-Peuralahti, Project Manager, Research and Consulting Services,Ph.D. 
Helena Ruotsala, PhD, professor 
Sakari Kajander, Head of Research and Consulting Services 
Päivi Mikkola, Chief Operating Officer


Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania

VGTU comprises 10 faculties and 60 departments. Research is carried out in 2 research centres, 14 research institutes, 33 research laboratories. It runs 11 000 students and 996 Academic staff (2014). The Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI) has 4 departments (Philosophy and Communication (DPC), Creative Entrepreneurship and Communication(DCEC), Lithuanian Language, Foreign Language) and Creative Industries research Laboratory. FCI has 500 students (in BA and MA level), 77 positions in academic staff (8 Professors, 18 Associate Professors, 35 Lecturers, 16 assistants, 6 researchers).

The structure of the Unit determines the interdisciplinary research specifics alongside the humanitarian and social trends. The research is carried out in congruity with VGTU priority scientific research trends - Creative Industries and Digital Society Development. Members of the DCEC scrutinize the issues of Creative Industries in the context of the social sciences discourse (Promotion of Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries; Creative Communication and Media for Society; Innovation and Creativity Concepts and Models" . Members of the DPC scrutinize more general issues on creativity and communication in mediated society (Cross-Cultural Interactions; Identities in the Media Culture; Creativity and Images Interactions; Visuality, Politics and Ideology; Individual, Nation and Society in the Media Cultures; Cultural Aspects of the New Media).

Scientific research activities of the Faculty are organized and planned in the light of VGTU strategic research plan, in which scientific activities, priorities, possibilities, etc. are defined. In the strategic plan of the FCI, in addition to other activities, qualitative scientific indicators of activities, the dynamics of academic community (researchers' groups), changes in the material base, the adjustments of the main research trends and topics as well as new topics are planned and analysed.


Contact person:

Eglė Jaškūnienė, Assoc.prof. dr. Head of Creative Entrepreneurship and Communication Department Faculty of Creative Industries

email egle.jaskuniene(a)vgtu.lt

Vilnius University, Kaunas Faculty of Humanities, Lithuania

Kaunas Faculty of Humanities (est. 1964) is the only academic unit of Vilnius University, one of the oldest universities in Central and Easter Europe that is located in a different city. It is a small faculty with almost 1000 students and 110 faculty and administrative staff.

The faculty conduct interdisciplinary research in economics, management, information technologies, languages and culture and participates in national and international research projects financed by Research Council of Lithuania, Framework Programme 7 and European Social Funds. Current larger-scale projects include Pro-ecological Restructuring for Job and The Impact of Organizational Ethics on Organizational Novelty Transformation into Sustainable Innovations.

The Faculty organises studies at all three levels (bachelor, master and doctoral), Audiovisual Translation, Cultural Management and Lithuanian Philology and Advertising, Accounting, Finance and Banking being among the most popular study programmes.

Contact person(s):
Raminta Pučėtaitė, Dr., Accociated Professor


Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Ranked among the TOP 800 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings) and following in the tradition of its 92-year-old progenitor University of Lithuania, Vytautas Magnus University is the only higher education institution in the country and one of the few in the region where a wide liberal arts education is imparted.

That means the students can change and organize their schedule freely, minor in one field and major in another, travel abroad on international exchange and get ready for those trips by taking some of the available 30 foreign language courses which never interfere with the specialty subjects.

As a reflection of global academic trends, more and more lectures ( seperate courses and even whole study programmes) are taught in English, many of them by professors from abroad.

Located at the heart of the city, VMU is deeply ingrained in the culture of Kaunas, as the city enjoys the university's Jazz Connections Festival, performances by the VMU Music Academy's lecturers, students and Alumni, the first professional university theatre in Lithuania, etc

Contact person(s):
Rita Bendaravičienė, Assoc. professor, Faculty of Economics and Management
Vaidas Dačiola, Chief Specialist, VMU bilateral agreements, student mobility, state scholarships
Zina Baltrėnienė, Director of International Office, Erasmus+ programme institutional coordinator


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