Baltic University Programme - A regional university network

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About BUP

The Baltic University Programme networkBeing an innovative network by its nature, BUP strives to find novel ways of interaction among universities and between universities and society, to have strong local and international educational communities

The Baltic University Programme (BUP) is a network of universities and other institutes of higher learning throughout the Baltic Sea region. The network is coordinated by the Baltic University Programme Secretariat a part of Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development (Uppsala CSD) at Uppsala University, Sweden.

The Programme 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. This is achieved by developing university courses, support inter disciplinary research co-operations, and by participation in transdisciplinary projects in cooperation with authorities, municipalities and others.

A strategy for BUP for the years 2017 - 2020 has been decided by the BUP International Board. You may find the strategy here pdf.

From 2016 the Baltic University Programme is a member organisation for universities in the Baltic Sea region. The annual fee of EUR 1000 entitles the member university to send students and teachers to BUP courses and conferences including the popular SAIL courses. For more information on how to join the network please contact the BUP secretariat.

For more information on the Baltic University Programme download this BUP Presentation ppt and see this short trailer on YouTube.



The BUP Secretariat

The Baltic University is coordinated by a secretariat at Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development under the leadership of a Programme Director. At present the secretariat consists of a Director and four additional personnel.

The role of the secretariat is to support and promote regional cooperation and contacts between the universities and corresponding institutions of higher learning in the Baltic Sea region. The secretariat administers the economy of the Programme, including contacts with funding organizations. The production of courses and course material, including books and film series, are organized from the secretariat in cooperation with the national centres and individual teachers/researchers in the network.

See also the Staff at the Secretariat.

Map of Uppsala pdf with the location of the BUP secretariat.


BUP Associate Secretariats

Three national BUP Centres are recognised as BUP Associate Secretariats. They are:

  • The BUP Centre for Finland at Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo
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  • The BUP Centre for Germany at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
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  • The BUP Centre for Poland at Łódż University of Technology
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The Associate Secretariats in Finland and Poland are both also BUP National Centres. The National BUP Centre in Germany is Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz.


The Board

The Baltic University is governed by an international board which is appointed by the Rector of Uppsala University for a period of three years. It consists of the following members:

  • The Rector of Uppsala University.
  • Three other members from Uppsala University.
  • One member from another Swedish university.
  • Two members from the Swedish society at large.
  • One member from Åbo Akademi University.
  • Two members from Central and Eastern Europe, of which one should be from Poland.
  • One student representative appointed by CEMUS (Student Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University), for a period of one year.
  • One international student representative appointed by the Baltic University student parliament, for a period of one year.

See the current Board Members.


The BUP Network

the BUP network of universities in the BSRFrom 2017 the Baltic University Programme is a member network for universities in the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic University Programme is a part of Uppsala Centre for Sustainable Development (CSD Uppsala) at Uppsala University, under the governance of an international board. The Programme plans, produces and coordinates undergraduate and master level courses using modern educational technologies in combination with traditional university educational settings, and runs joint research projects. The chosen subjects are of common concern for the entire region, and the international cooperation is of key importance. The activities concentrate on different aspects of sustainable development in the region. 

Main funding organizations of the Programme are the Swedish Government and Uppsala University and membership fees. The Swedish Institute and the Baltic Sea Unit of SIDA and funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers and some EU programmes, as well as Finnish funds have been decisive. In addition the participating universities contribute importantly to the programme.

The universities in the network include classical universities, as well as universities of technology, agriculture, culture, economics, pedagogics etc. All countries within or partly within the Baltic Sea drainage basin are represented: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden and more marginally Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

A large network of researchers and teachers at the universities has developed. The number of individuals who have contributed at some stage in the Programme are more than 1,500. Most of these are active within environmental science, but contributions from humanities and social sciences are also important.

Download a map of the network: High resolution version (eps-format) or Low resolution version (png-format).


BUP National Language Publications

Download BUP publications in your language.

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