CBSS accepted five summer university programme applications from the following lead universities: UNECON Saint Petersburg State University of Economics, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, University of Tartu and Vytautas Magnus University. Two of the summer university programmes came from the University of Tartu, and the Vytautas Magnus University application was from last year’s programme, which was cancelled due to Covid-19. Because of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and uncertainty, some applicants decided to cancel their summer university programmes.
However, the summer university programme, supported by DAAD, was held at Saint Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON) on 16–30 August 2021. The programme received the status of CBSS summer university for the third time in its history, which underlines its relevance to the development of the Baltic Sea region. This year’s cohort consisted of students from the leading German universities (Free University of Berlin, University of Cologne, University of Rostock, Kiel University and others). Speakers from CBSS included Senior Adviser for Sustainable & Prosperous Region Daria Akhutina, Chairman of the CBSS Committee of Senior Officials, Norwegian MFA Olav Berstad, Norwegian chairperson of the CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Maritime Economy (EGSME) Marit Blegeberg Østmo, and Senior Advisor for Regional Identity Thorvaldur Kristjansson.
The Johan Skytte Institute of the University of Tartu will also hold a special autumn school in Narva, Estonia, 1–6 November 2021, entitled “Governance, Leadership, Resilience: German and Estonian Experiences in the European Context”. The school is supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Estonia. CBSS General Director Mr Grzegorz Poznanski has been invited to the autumn school to deliver a lecture.