BCBU+ Barents Cross Border University Development Project 2011 - 2013 (BCBU+)

Implementation Period
: 29 Month
Project Budget: 944 576 EUR
Lead Partner: University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Priority: Kolarctic ENPI CBC program, Economic and Social development
Partners: 10 Educational Institutions from Barents Region
Countries: 4 countries, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia

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 programmes 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 labour markets need in the program area

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

To strengthen and institutionalise a Cross-Border campus for implementing the MA and later the PhD degree education


Barents Cross Border University development project (BCBU+) is funded by the Kolarctic ENPI CBC programme for years 2011 – 2013. The project has started on 18.4.2011 and it lasts until 17.4.2013. Total budget is 944 576 EUR. This project falls within first priority of the ENPI Kolarctic CBC programme that deals with Economic and Social development. 

Kolarctic ENPI CBC
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