CBSS EuroFaculty Pskov (second phase)
EuroFaculty Pskov (EF-P) project was launched in 2009 in the region of Pskov in Western Russia, close to the border of Estonia and Latvia. The main aim of the project is to upgrade university education in Business Economics/ Business Administration at the recently created Pskov State University (PskovSU) which is the result of a merger of five education institutions in Pskov. The Pskov State University celebrated its official anniversary on October 14, 2011. Before the merger the recipient institutions were the Pskov State Polytechnic Institute and the Pskov Volny Institute (the latter until June 2010).
The second three year phase (2012–2015) of the EF-P with newly revised objectives and even wider university base around the Baltic Sea area was launched on September 1, 2012. The EF-P has ambitious goals for the second phase: launching of an International Master Programme around the Baltic Sea business, launching of an International Management Development Programme with unique content, as well as drawing a regional development plan with emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation.
The project consortium is a strong network of some of the leading universities of the partner countries. The project leader is the University of Turku. Other partners are the Stockholm School of Economics, Russia (branch in Saint Petersburg), Trondheim Business School, Roskilde University, University of Tartu, University of Latvia and the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics. The project aims at creating a strong network between the partner universities – a network which will stay active also after the project period.
The project is financed through contributions by the Member States of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS).
PreKnight: Preparatory Actions Towards the Knowledge Network In Green Housing Technologies in the Baltic cities
The project PreKnight is one of the first ever 14 seed money projects were approved by EU in June 2013. It’s contributing directly horizontal action “Neighbours” which highlights the concrete cooperation between EU member states and non-EU countries in the Baltic Sea region. This horizontal action is led by the Turku Process. Project aim is to create regional knowledge network
The idea of energy-saving and energy efficiency is important for advanced and catching-up businesses of different scale as well as for countries, regions and municipalities, scientists and ordinary citizens.
There is general need to bring together partners “across the border” in the Baltic Sea Region, with a special emphasis on cooperation with regional Russian partners. The issue of energy-saving is chosen as the common subject for joining actors from Baltic Sea area metropolises, and developing the most promising solutions that should lead to the creation of regional knowledge network aimed at transfer of technologies and spill-over of information on best practices and new solutions on energy- and resource-saving.
Concrete collaboration between partners
PreKnight -project will last one year and during its implementation project partners are developing a plan for wider main project. This seed money project brings Finnish, Russian and German partners together to share their expertise and to develop wide knowledge network in green housing technologies. The partnership is currently built on the Turku Process contacts, but the aim is to widen the network in a practical manner.
Work in this seed money project is based on triple-helix principle where business, academia and public administration are brought together. All sectors are needed to solve demanding and multi-sided challenges where one partner alone can’t achieve the results. Multi-level governance as well as public-private partnerships are highlighted in the later developed main project.
Project partners in the PreKnight are:
• Turku University of Applied Sciences (Lead Partner)
• Centrum Balticum, Turku
• St. Petersburg State University of Economics
• Hamburg University of Applied Sciences