We've been working on our Capacity Building project for three years now.
In these testimonials, we asked the partners
what they have learned from the project,
how their university has benefitted from it,
what could have been done differently,
and suggestions for those who consider applying.


Master's Programme

Baltic-Black Sea Regional Studies - unique opportunity to gain a solid knowledge of the Baltic-Black Sea region



Project handbook "From Sea to Sea and Back: A Multi-Directional Regionalism in Search for a Name"


Trainings for teachers / work meetings

The project provides training to the Ukrainian teaching staff in modern teaching methodology and helps to modernise the teaching environment


The Center for Baltic-Black Sea Studies

The Center for Baltic-Black Sea Studies of MSU is created within the framework of the international Erasmus+ project “Rethinking Regional Studies: The Baltic-Black Sea Connection”

Universities partners

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    Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (IFNUL)

    Ivan Franko National University of Lviv was established in 1661 and today it is one of the leading higher educational institutions in Ukraine counting for 16 faculties, 3 colleges, 112 departments. The number of students is more than 20,000. A large diversity ofspecialtiesrepresentedat the universityprovides opportunities for a fruitful cooperation on international arena and the university has gained good experience in international cooperation.

    IFNUL is going to develop and implement the 2-year MA programme in English onthe Baltic and the Black Sea Region studies. The teachers of IFNUL will follow training on novel methodologies, the university willequip a resource centre within the existing modern Nordic Centre with teaching and learning materials and computers. IFNUL will also host a seminar of the curriculum developers in M4.

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    The University of Tartu (UT)

    The University of Tartu (UT), founded in 1632, is the oldest and largest university in Estonia both in terms of numbers of staff and students, and the volume of its teaching, research and development activities. It comprises about 13 000 students, out of whom 980 are foreign students. UT belongs to the top 2% of the world’s best universities) and is placed 4th in the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe and Central Asia. It also belongs to the top 1% of the world’s most-cited universities and research institutions in ten fields, including social sciences.

    The University of Tartu (UT) is the coordinator of the project. In addition to the management, it takes part in almost all the activities of the project – MA programme development, training of the Ukrainian teachers in methodology, lectures at the Ukrainian universities, member of the QA board. UT will host the kick-off meeting in Tartu and will be the main reporter to the European Commission, both in terms of progress of activities and financial balance.

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    Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (AMU)

    With the staff of around 3000 lecturers and 43,000 students, the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznanranks among the biggest academic centres in Poland. Nearly 1,800 members of supporting staff ensure the smooth functioning of AMU. The University has fifteen faculties organized into institutes and departments, offers instruction in well over 100 disciplines and specializations, as well as several dozens of degree programmes to choose from. AMU has well-developed foreign relations and co-operates with about 350 universities across the world under bilateral agreements.

    The AMU and Faculty of Political Science and Journalism (FPS&J) is deeply involved in the area studies, delivering specialist courses on the Baltic Sea Region. Therefore, the main task of AMU is to advise with their expertise in the regional studies but also in methodologies. AMU is the leader of the work package on teacher training, which will take place in Ukraine and in the EU countries.

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    Lund University (LU)

    The Centre for Languages and Literature (SOL) is a part of the Faculty of Humanities and Theology at Lund University (LU). Founded in 1666, it is the largest higher education and research institution in Scandinavia. It scores as one of the best 100 universities in the world. LU has participated in all major European, Nordic and Swedish educational cooperation programmes as well as activities within the EU Research Framework programmes, both as partner and coordinator.

    As a partner in the consortium SOL stays for both well-developed international network, excellent international research record and solid pedagogical skills. SOL and CFE will assist in internationalisation and capacity development:
    - academically: staff of SOL has been extensively involved in the international research and co-operation in regional studies with a special focus on Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Czech Republic and the Balkans.
    - pedagogically: lecturers are ready to share their pedagogical experience, especially when it comes to developing frame curriculum, the modules and training of the teaching staff.
    - organizationally: Digital platforms run by SOL and CFE Research are well-attended and can be used for announcements and recruitment of students to the Erasmus+ MA programme.

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    Vytautas Magnus University (VMU)

    Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) is a Lithuanian university conducting research, and developing applied research and arts activities. VMU, ranked as the TOP 700 university in QS University ranking, is a classical university of liberal arts with over 9,000 students, 10 faculties, Music Academy, World Lithuanian University. It offers 90 degree programmes, 26 BA and MA full-time degree programmes in English.

    The faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy at Vytautas Magnus University has developed expertise on studies of the Baltic Sea region. The master programme “Baltic Sea Region Studies” (renamed into “Scandinavian and Baltic studies” in 2015) has been offered for MA students during the last 10 years and a wide array of scholars have been doing research and teaching in this area. Besides, the faculty has a virtual North European and Baltic Study Hive which organises public lectures and collects research relevant data for networking and research activities of this region. In the BBSR project, people of the faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy will contribute to the programme(s) development, teaching and research.

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    Mariupol State University (MSU)

    Mariupol State University was established in 1991. It is a forward thinking higher educational institution with a wide network of international contacts and a long-standing reputation in both Ukrainian and foreign educational and pedagogical communities as an innovator, particularly in the fields of language and culture. There are 6 Faculties, 25 Chairs, 28 Specialties and more than 4,000 students. The University provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD courses in the field of International Economics, Business, International Relations, Law, Management, History, Psychology, Ukrainian and Russian Philology, Interpreting and Foreign Languages (English, Greek, Polish, Italian, German, and French), Journalism, Public Relations, Environmental Studies, and Education Management.

    In the project, MSU is responsible for the dissemination activities. Its teachers will follow trainings on regional studies and novel teaching methods and curriculum development, as well as giving guest lectures for a week at the University of Odessa on the third year of the project. MSU will host a meeting for the curriculum development and module testers and will participate in the QA board. MSU will develop and implement module on the Black Sea region studies.

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    Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University (ONU)

    Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University (ONU) was founded in 1865 (Novorossiyskiy Imperial University) and named after Prof.I.I.Mechnikov, the Nobel laureate.

    The education process at the ONU is handled by 4 Institutes (Institute of Mathematics, Economy and Mechanics, Institute of Social Sciences, Institute of Postgraduate Education) and 10 faculties in 42 specialties. The students body number is nearly 13,000. More than 500 people of 102 professions do here postgraduate study that is one of the biggest in Ukraine.

    ONU staff members will give their input to the development of the curriculum of the Master Programme on Regional Studies. Each of the staff members, involved in the project, will contribute to the elaboration of syllabi and modules of the curriculum. Also, ONU with its representatives will be involved in introducing modern pedagogical methods within this Master Program. Staff members will contribute to the development of the modules. ONU will also disseminate and share its experience on the targeted dimensions of this project in theory and in practice. ONU will delegate its representatives to take part in all related control bodies of the project, e.g. quality assurance.

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    Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (TSNUK)

    The Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University trains specialists to work in the sphere of international relations and foreign policy.

    The Institute today is the flagship educational institution in Ukraine offering training in international relations, international law, international economic relations, international business, international information and country studies. It combines scientific research with cutting-edge innovative educational technologies, and unique teaching expertise of highly professional teaching staff to satisfy students’ thirst for knowledge.

    TSNUK will be responsible for the quality assurance work package, i.e running the quality assurance board to be formed at the first meeting. Its teaching staff will follow the trainings planned in the project. IT will also host the final meeting of the consortium. As all the partners TSNUK will actively contribute to the elaboration of the modules and the courses.