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Barents Cross Border University
development project 2011 – 2013



The Barents Cross Border University development (BCBU+) project is based on the cooperation among partner universities involved in the Barents Cross Border University network (BCBU).

The project contributes to establishment of higher education in the Barents region by developing jointly international multidisciplinary Master's programs of BCBU in the fields of comparative social work, information systems, circumpolar health and wellbeing and environmental engineering. The two-year study programs are in the central fields of the EU Northern Dimension priorities and follow the principles of the Bologna process.


  • To contribute to the development of the Barents region by promoting cross-border academic cooperation

  • To train highly skilled, technologically literate workforce for the knowledge-based economies in the Barents region


  • With cost effective measures to further develop and integrate MA programs to regular activities of BCBU partner universities aimed at meeting the labor markets need in the program area

  • To develop models of best practices for implementation and cooperation for MA programs

  • To strengthen and institutionalize a cross-border campus for implementing the MA and later the PhD degree education


  • Kolarctic ENPI CBC program, Economic and Social development

  • Budget 944 576 EUR

  • Implementation period 2 years

News and events

First joint Summer School 2012 “Multidisciplinary Dialogue”
This Summer School, arranged on 27.-31.8.2012 in Rovaniemi, is the first joint effort of the Barents Cross Border University (BCBU) and Finnish-Russian Cross Border University (CBU).
  The aim is to offer a context for truly multidisciplinary discussions and dialogue not only between students and teachers of the Master's programs, developed and run by these two networks, but also other participants interested in studying Environment, Technology and Wellbeing and their interfaces and -action. This event is one of the KolarcticENPI BCBU+ project activities. Read more...

BCBU+ Flyer
BCBU+ Flyer has been published, see the electronic version in here.

BCBU+ now in Facebook
BCBU+ Facebook profile established, visit BCBU+ Facebook

Funding for development of Barents Cross Border University
Barents Cross Border University development project (BCBU+) is funded by the Kolarctic ENPI CBC program for years 2011 – 2013. The project started on 19.4.2011 and it will last till 18.4.2013. The project falls within the first priority of the ENPI Kolarctic CBC program that deals with Economic and Social development. Lead of the project is University of Lapland.



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