Cooperation with Russian universities intensifies

The University of Helsinki is introducing closer educational cooperation with Russian universities.

Forest on the Finnish-Russian border
The University of Helsinki is currently seeking students for Master’s programmes in forestry and environmental engineering, history and information technology to be run in collaboration between Finnish and Russian universities.

In addition to the University of Helsinki, the other Finnish participants in the Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University (CBU) project are the Lappeenranta University of Technology and the universities of Joensuu, Kuopio and Tampere.

The Russian participants are St. Petersburg State University, Petrozavodsk State University, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University and the European University at St. Petersburg.

Esko Koponen, International Education Adviser from the University of Helsinki, thinks that the project is a significant step in developing educational cooperation between Finland and Russia.

– The traditional student and researcher exchange programme has always existed between the countries but organising joint degree programmes is something completely new, says Koponen.

Mika Rekola, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Forest Economics, says that 20 students will be selected for the Master’s programme in Forestry and Environmental Engineering starting next autumn.

– Currently as much as a quarter of the raw wood for the Finnish forest industry comes from Russia, so the industry has interests in that direction. This fact has not, however, been earlier acknowledged in the education in the field, Mika Rekola explains the background for the project.

There is an increasing need for experts on Russia in Finland, and yet only some five per cent of the students of the University of Helsinki who go on exchange choose Russia. The goal of the English-language Master’s programmes is for each participating student to spend at least six months of the two-year programme in the partner country.

For further information on how to apply for the Master’s programmes, see the CBU project website (University of Helsinki).

The official page of CBU (University of Joensuu).

Text: Mikko Arvinen
Photo: Digital Photo DTP

Translation: Valtasana Oy

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