The Council of the Baltic Sea States has implemented several Summer Universities in cooperation with partner universities in the Region over the past years. This year, we also encourage our Observer States to apply for partnership in their Summer University programme.
The CBSS Secretariat will provide its logo and network support (e.g. connection to relevant Baltic Sea Region stakeholders, such as the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Policy Area Education) to academic project partners, interested in undertaking a Summer University. The relevant information on the Summer University concept will be published through the CBSS channels (the CBSS website, newsletters and social media, other academic partners etc.).
We are aware of the complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as physical and travel restrictions. We are therefore willing to explore other formats, like digital or web-based Summer Universities. The CBSS Secretariat is also ready to offer materials, such as publications and papers, and its various Member State networks. To initiate this collaboration, the potential Lead Partner of a Summer University 2021, is invited to contact the CBSS Secretariat before 7 March 2021.
The CBSS Secretariat is ready to be involved in planning the programme and giving input to the format. The Secretariat is also willing to participate in the programme and have its role at running certain seminars and workshops. The responsibility for the final programme is placed unambiguously on the ‘Lead’ University.
To become an Associated Partner, the following criteria would have to be fulfilled:
- The theme of the Summer University should focus on the Baltic Sea Region and be in line with one or more of the 3 CBSS long-term priorities: Regional Identity, Sustainable & Prosperous Region, Safe & Secure Region. (See www.cbss.org for more details).
- There should be at least two partner universities or/and lecturers from three CBSS Member States.
- The Summer University should be open to students from all CBSS Member States and Observer States.
- The Summer University should be able to offer European Academic Credits to its students. This would simultaneously be proof that the curriculum of the Summer University fulfils internal quality control processes enabling EACs.
- The Summer University’s theme/curriculum should be in line with the CBSS principles of empowering regional cooperation and consensus.
- A budget for the Summer University 2020 should be presented to the CBSS Secretariat, outlining any remaining funding gaps, which will need fundraising support from the CBSS Secretariat. It should be stressed that the CBSS currently has no funds of its own allocated to Summer University financing. However, it has historically been successful in enabling additional funding through various sources, and the Secretariat would endeavour to enable the necessary funding for any agreed CBSS-branded Summer University.