The Baltic University Programme

Dear BUP colleagues,
In spite of the pandemic, we have so many things going on! This week, we hade the kick-off meeting with the BUP student ambassadors. We also closed the application for the student conference in May, and concluded we had many interesting applications!
We also continue our National meetings, where we country by country, have online meetings with the BUP contact persons. We get to introduce ourselves and our ambitions. Hopefully this will result in an even closer contact between us.
Don't forget that you are invited to share:
  • your BUP story. So far, we have received some wonderful stories from the past. But there is still room for more. Maybe even a story from the future!?
  • publications abstracts in the Research Notes Letter
  • news from your university
Find the links used for sharing, at the bottom of this e-mail.
Best regards, The Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat
This week, we had our kick off with the BUP student ambassadors. Meet them on our web page: Students representatives and ambassadors - The Baltic University Programme - Uppsala University, Sweden (uu.se)

BUP secretariat news
Space Bridge 2.0, session 4:
European Universities Initiative - The Future  of European University Starts Today
During this Space Bridge you will learn more about cooperation between universities. Three Lithuanian universities (all BUP Participating Universities) are partners in three different European University alliances - testing different models of the concept of European Universities and examine its potential to transform higher education. Join us in discussing the future of our universities!
  • 15 April 2021
  • 14.00-16.00 (CET)
  • Online
In cooperation with Kaunas University of Technology
KTU campus. Photo by KTU

Open for nominations
The Baltic University Programme PhD Award
The award supports high quality research promoting sustainable development in a Baltic Sea Region context.
To qualify for nomination, the thesis should be focused on research within either of the two broad areas Natural Sciences, Technology and Engineering, or Social Sciences and Humanities
To qualify for the BUP PhD Award, the thesis must:
  • have been defended during 2020,
  • at a BUP Participating University, and
  • the candidate must be nominated by the supervisor/-s.
Nomination deadline
30 April 2021

News from Participating Universities
The Climate Walk project
Have you heard about the Climate Walk project? It is a combined research, education and media-art project by the Wanderers of Changing Worlds. It is about walking across Europe to understand regional experiences of Climate Change.
The walks are postponed due to the pandemic, but there are still some events you can join! Our Participating University, University of Ostrava, just had an online webinar about how nature is depicted in literature for example.

Novia University of Applied Sciences has a new international on-line course:
Diet for a Green Planet – Managing transformation in the local food system
Are you working in the food system or are you interested in sustainability issues or transformative leadership? This is a course for you!
  • 15 ECTS part-time, online course in English
  • Starts 20 May 2021 - 6 May 2022
  • In cooperation with BERAS International, and hosted by Novia University of Applied Sciences 
  • Understanding Sustainability in the Food System - from Global Vision to Local Reality. (May until September 2021) 
  • Interventions to support Healthy and Sustainable Food and to minimize Waste (September until December 2021) 
  • Project Development - Managing Transformation in the Local Food System. (January until April 2022)

ISCN 2021: Accelerating Climate Action and Sustainability in Education
Our colleague, Meri Löyttyniemi from Aalto University, shares this news with us as a member of the ISCN AC and conference planning team. 
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is putting together an ambitious virtual international conference with the aim of providing a timely opportunity to exchange ideas on how climate action and sustainability at universities can be fostered from an educational, research and operational perspective.
For more information please visit ISCN 2021’s webpage.

V.N.Karazin Kharkiv National University welcomes students to study in Karazin Camp
Summer Schools in Ukraine
 The International Summer School “Cultural Heritage of Ukraine as a crossroad of religions, worldviews, and political views”,which will be held on-site (if traveling will be permitted) 16–27 August 2021 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and 
— II International Summer School on Mass Displacement: Focus on Eastern Europe during COVID-19 Pandemic, which will be held 16–27 August 2021 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Study in the Karazin Camp is a chance to:
1. Plunge into the cultural environment
2. Develop new competencies and skills
3. Get new acquaintances
4. Gain knowledge and transferable credits
5. Set new international communication network
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