Call for Student Ambassadors 2021
The BUP Coordinating Secretariat calls for students and PhD students at BUP participating Universities, who are interested in becoming Student Ambassadors 2021.
The Baltic University Programme aims to develop its communication and cooperation with each of its participating universities all over the Baltic Sea Region. Until now our primary communication path involved the BUP contact persons or coordinating staff at each Participating University or the National Centra. However, as students and PhD students make up a large part of the BUP’s target group, we now establish a BUP Student Ambassadorship.
This new position functions in addition to the BUP Student Representatives and the Student Parliament. The role of Student Ambassadors will be to, on the one hand, cooperate with these other democratic institutions and alumni students and on the other hand to serve as a contact person between their home university and its students, and the Coordinating Secretariat in Uppsala as well as the National Centra.
The value of cooperation
Cooperating with you as a Student Ambassador is of great value for the BUP. As a local student, you have unique insights about your university; how to best spread information and market BUP, how to reach potential colleagues and fellow students having interest in certain BUP activities, what different needs and challenges the university faces working with sustainability. These are some examples where your local knowledge and perspective is crucial to utilize the full potential of this large-scale regional cooperation in higher education which the BUP is undertaking.
Your tasks as a Student Ambassador
As the Student Ambassador of your home university, you are asked to promote BUP events and activities among your fellow students. You could do so by extending our social media presence with your local channels, distribute leaflets, get in touch with student organizations active at your home university, by being present at university event as BUP representative, or even to give a presentation about BUP at events where your university promotes internationalization, such as different kinds of student mobilities (Erasmus+ and many more).
Another field of activity is the assistance at BUP National Centra. Especially if your country yields the BUP presidency there will be a lot of events organized at universities of your country. But beyond that you can help out with enlarging the BUP network by suggesting local stakeholders that you think the BUP should cooperate with.
Furthermore, there will be possibilities to assist in upcoming projects, e.g. research projects that need to conduct empirical data in field. In some cases, you can even receive payment from the BUP for these tasks.
Overall, this position is designed to be a creative and flexible mission. You are very welcome to implement your own ideas and initiatives. Other Student Ambassadors and the BUP Coordinating Secretariat will support you. There is also a small budget reserved for this purpose.
Apart from getting a unique chance to experience working in one of the worlds largest academic cooperations on an international level, and to take part in events focusing on a sustainable Baltic Sea Region, you will:
- be guaranteed a place at one of our 2021 student events (with your travelling and accommodation costs covered; if the event is moved online due to circumstances, you will be offered a place at more than one event as a substitute)
- get a unique chance to network and, apart from making new (international) friends, meet your future research and/or business partners
- get a chance to show your regional ambitions, and contribute to establish a network of BUP colleagues at your university
- cooperate and have fun with other Ambassadors
- and receive an official certificate and a personal letter of recommendation acknowledging your work for the BUP.
Requirements for this position
In order to apply for the position of the Student Ambassador at your home university, you are required to be a student or PhD student at a BUP participating university, with the intention of maintaining the status as a student/PhD Student for the full year of 2021. Moreover, you must have good English skills and a basic understanding of environmental or sustainability issues. The position is for one semester, with possibilities for pro longing up to one full year.
If you believe that you are the right person to become the new BUP Student Ambassador of your university, please send a
- Motivation letter (approx. 1 page) and
- Your CV
to Student Representative Mirjam Weituschat's e-mail.
Remark: As a university teacher or coordinating staff, please forward this tendering to students and PhD students that might be interested.
News from 2021
Christmas letter from the BUP Director
The year 2021 and the 30th anniversary of the BUP is drawing to a close, as we approach the end of this year. What a year it has been at the BUP! With a new Strategy for 2021-2025 and the Action Plan 2021 fulfilled - and even with more tasks conducted than we promised - we can look back at 2021 and be proud of what have been achieved. This year has been an extraordinary year, with several new projects and platforms being under development which are about to be implemented.
New Participating University: Moscow State University of Technology and Management
We are happy to announce that a new university has joined the Baltic University Programme. Moscow State University of Technology and Management is one of Russias leading universities in the food industry, with 65 years of experience.
New Participating University: Pskov State University
The BUP secretariat in Uppsala, is very happy to announce that Pskov State University in Russia has become the newest member of our organisation. The university, which is situated in one of Russia’s oldest cities, is one of 33 regional flagship universities in Russia.
BUP PhD thesis award winners 2021
The announcement of the winners of the BUP PhD thesis award, has been published in the BUP Weekly. There, we proudly presented the winners of the BUP PhD thesis award, defended during 2020.
BUP Newsletter #65 now published
The BUP Newsletter #65 is now published. It contains reports, interviews and plans ahead. Enjoy!
New Participating University: Volga State University of Water Transport
The BUP is pleased to announce the membership of a new participating university- Volga State University of Water Transport. The university has its flagship campus in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, which is situated at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers. Additional branches of the university can be found in Astrakhan, Ufa and Rybinsk, amongst others.
New BUP Initiative- Quality Assurance
The BUP is pleased to announce the development of a platform into Quality Assurance (QA) at our participating universities. The BUP is looking to come into contact with those responsible for QA at our participating universities.
A Supervisor Collegium to aid PhD and Master students
One of the new initiatives in the BUP is to develop a Supervisor Collegium for master- and PhD students at BUP Participating Universities. The BUP is now looking for colleagues to contribute with their skills and knowledge to supervise students from Participating Universities all over the region.
Call for applications for IFZO-Research Fellowship
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO) has opened the call to award four research fellowships. They are looking for scholars at doctoral and postdoctoral level who are looking to support research about transformations in the Baltic Sea region and would benefit from a period of residence in Greifswald.
BUP at the Annual Forum 2021, EUSBSR
The BUP will hold a workshop with the title “Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Curriculum” during the annual forum of “The EU strategy for the Baltic Sea region”. The workshop is an effort to meet the need for educating students and civil society due to the increase in climate change, it’s risks and solutions. We will present how the BUP works with this issue and are looking forward to hear your view.
Ecosystems without borders - international conference
Kaliningrad State Technical University invites colleagues to take part in the second international conference "Ecosystems Without Borders - 2021". The conference is designed to establish interaction and expand cooperation between researchers and to exchange scientific and technical achievements. For BUP colleagues we have a special offer.
BUP associated teachers join forces to offer a new course
A collaboration between different university teachers in the region, has resulted in a new course on Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region. It is now open for registration. Pontus Ambros, one of the course initiators and Project Administrator for the BUP, explains why the course was put together: “We need to respond to the urgent climate crisis, and the first step is to ensure we are educated and will be able to respond, adapt and mitigate.”
Cruise Management Course – School in Gdynia
Gdynia Maritime University and the Johanna project invites students and PhD Students to join the Online School ‘Cruise Management Course’ at Gdynia Maritime university. The EU Project JOHANNA develops education programs in South Baltic destinations to increase skilled workforce for a sustainable small cruise development in the South Baltic Sea.
4th international Scientific Conference “Contemporary challenges in tourism and recreation”
BUP Participating University WSB University in Poznań and Faculty of Geographic and Geological Science of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, are pleased to invite you to 4th international Scientific Conference “Contemporary challenges in tourism and recreation”. The Baltic University Programme is happy to be an honorary patronage for the conference. We will therefore be happy to share updates further along the process.
Job vacancies at the BUP Coordinating Secretariat
The Baltic University Programme need help to realize some of our ideas, and we are therefore hiring for two new positions. Please submit your application by 7 July 2021. Come join us!
School for young scientists
Are you a young researcher at the beginning of your academic career with a focus on sustainable energy? Haw Hamburg invites young researchers with an interest in sustainable energy to "School for young scientists". It will be held online in September 2021 and is open to young researchers from the Baltic Sea Region. Participating is free of charge.
New Participating University: Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping
We have the pleasure to welcome a new Participating University to the BUP: Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping. The central office of the university is located in St. Petersburg, Russia. It specialises in the education and training of shipping industry personnel.
New Participating University: Blekinge Institute of Technology
The BUP has a new Participating University: Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH). It is situated in Karlskrona, and has a distinctive focus on the digitalisation of society and sustainability. BTH’s task is to contribute to a more sustainable societal development through higher education, research and innovation.
Newsletter #64 is now published
The BUP Newsletter, number 64 is now published! You can find it on our web page.
It has the following content:
-Celebration of The Baltic University Programme 30 years
-Welcome to the BUP Symposium 2021
-BUP project: Digital at home
-Kick-off session of the BUP Student Ambassador Programme
-New German National Centre Director
-Time for Reflection: Reunion Meeting for the BUP Teachers’ Courses
-Implementation of Sustainability at Universities - a BUP Webinar Series
-Space Bridges 2.0
-Digitalising the new Baltic University Programme’s climate change course
-New BUP Participating Universities
-The BUP map
-Research profiles for a thriving BUP network
-Have something to share?
New BUP Student Representative
The BUP Student Parliament elected a new student representative to the BUP International Board. The Student Representative is Shima Vahedi from Kaunas University of Technology. She started her mandate period as Deputy Student Representative upon the election.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Understanding environmental change: Creating integrated knowledge of the Seas of Norden and Arctic
We are looking to gather an anthology, which has the objective to make room for cross- and interdisciplinary dialogues among researchers oriented to marine issues. The volume focuses on the production, interaction, and circulation of knowledge regarding open sea, archipelago and coastal areas. In this project we see research integration as the means of synthesizing different knowledge from various disciplinary and stakeholders’ viewpoints to examine the issues facing these seas in the Northern hemisphere. In addition to results or case studies produced through such dialogues, the ways disciplines have worked to integrate knowledge and methodologies are specifically of interest.
New Participating University: Higher School of Administration in Bielsko-Biala
The Higher School of Administration in Bielsko-Biala (Wyzsza Szkola Administracji w Bielsku-Bialej) is a higher education institution in Poland, founded in 1997. It was founded to meet the educational needs specific to the region. Today, the institution educate its students in administration and pedagogy and in 20 fields of postgraduate studies. The curriculum is adjusted to the actual needs of the labour market, meets the requirements for professional qualifications expected by employers and provides the student with the opportunity to choose their own scientific interest and career development path. Practice (workshops and work in groups) is a favoured educational method. International cooperation and relations has become a top a priority.
New Participating University: Alfred Nobel University
Founded in 1993 as an innovative institution of higher education, Alfred Nobel University is today a private educational institution in Dnipro, Ukraine. It is committed to enhance innovative technologies in teaching. The university motto is ”Education for life, education through life”. Its mission is to create real academic and scientific values regarding contemporary economic and social development, European and global integration of Ukraine, provide students with knowledge and skills to ensure their mobility and competitiveness in the labor market in Ukraine and abroad. The university put a lot of effort in its quality systems and holds several international accreditations. One of its main events is the annual International Nobel Congress.
Invitation to 21st International Scientific Conference "Sakharov Readings 2021: Environmental Problems of the XXI Century"
The Belarusian State University invites colleagues to participate in the 21st International Scientific Conference "Sakharov Readings 2021: Environmental Problems of the XXI Century". The purpose of the Conference is to unite the efforts of leading scientists and practitioners, university professors, graduate students, undergraduates and students from different countries to assess the impact of technological progress on the environment and human as well as to develop measures to reduce the negative human impact on nature
New Participating University: Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport
We have the pleasure of welcoming a new participating university amongst our colleagues: Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport in Poland.
New Participating University: University of Gdansk
We have the pleasure of welcoming a new Participating University into the Programme: University of Gdansk in Poland.
New Participating University: Rzeszów University of Technology
We have the pleasure of welcoming a new Participating University: Rzeszów University of Technology in Poland.
ESSSR Cooperative Doctoral Programme on Sustainable Development Research
Training of PhD students is one of the essential steps in fostering the cause of sustainable development. We are happy to announce the start of our “ESSSR Cooperative Doctoral Programme on Sustainable Development Research”!
EIT Food Innovator Fellowship 2021
EIT Food Innovator Fellowship is a programme aiming to enhance the human intellectual capital of the Food Sector and to prepare a new generation of “researchpreneurs”. Nurturing entrepreneurial talents is a key driver to boost competitiveness and long value creation of the Food Ecosystem.
Call for papers: Understanding environmental change
Understanding environmental change: Creating integrated knowledge of the Seas of Norden and Arctic. Editors are: Savitri Jetoo, Silja Laine, Otto Latva, Jaana Kouri and Anna Törnroos-Remes.
4th edition of the Global Food Venture Programme
The 4th edition of the Global Food Venture Programme, a special EIT Food entrepreneurship education offering to highly qualified PhD students from Europe. EIT Food is a European innovation initiative with a mission to educate the new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators to transform the food system onto a more sustainable and healthier path. Students from all disciplines are welcome.
Call for applications to the Pentti Malaska Futures Award
The University of Turku has opened the call for applications to the Pentti Malaska Futures Award on 5 March 2021. They are looking for research-based, visionary, and boundary-crossing solutions supporting the building of a more sustainable global future.
Digital at home - open project webinars
Internationalisation is one of the key priorities for many universities. Recently, integrated internationalisation is in focus discussing how to include relevant international dimension in courses and degree programmes and education in general. The importance of bringing internationalisation to the home became evident when mobility was limited by the Covid-19 restrictions. Within the project “Digital at Home”, The Baltic University Programme invite colleagues to participate in two webinars which will introduce and discuss possibilities to make digital education more international.
The BUP PhD Award 2021 is open for nomination
The Baltic University Programme (BUP) PhD Award for best thesis, supports high quality research promoting sustainable development in a Baltic Sea region context. The award is established in two research areas; Natural Sciences, Technology and Engineering, as well as Social Sciences and Humanities.
Seminar for young scientists
Are you a young researcher at the beginning of your academic career with a focus on sustainable energy or are you doing your PhD on this topic? Are you located at a higher education institution in the Baltic Sea region? Do you have a solid scientific expertise/ background but would like to enhance your teaching skills because you have to fulfil a teaching obligation? If all of this applies to you, we would be pleased to welcome you to our 3-day networking and teaching seminar for young scientists on the theme of sustainable energy.
BUP internship announcement
The Baltic University Programme (BUP) support students in their first career steps. By welcoming students from the BUP participating Universities to apply for an internship at the Coordinating Secretariat, located at Uppsala University, Sweden. Today, 89 universities in the Baltic Sea Region participate in the Programme.
National meetings within the Programme
During the spring 2021, the BUP National Centres and the BUP Coordinating Secretariat will hold national online meetings together with the respective countries Participating Universities. Many of the contact persons at the Participating Universities are new and would benefit from information about the Programme.
Call for Student Ambassadors 2021
The BUP Coordinating Secretariat calls for students and PhD students at BUP participating Universities, who are interested in becoming Student Ambassadors 2021.
BUP is hiring students for digitalization project
We are now looking for students and PhD students at BUP participating Universities that would like to work extra on the side of their studies, digitalizing lectures and developing interactive online courses.