Universities as Active Partners in R&D

University of Turku – Science for Well-being in the Baltic Sea Region

The University of Turku has always had an active role in the research and cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. The University of Turku is a founding member of the Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN) as well as of the Centrum Balticum Foundation and Centre located in Turku.

Research on the Baltic Sea Region is conducted in seven faculties and seven independent units with strong academic competence – ranging from the history and politics of the Baltic Sea Region to environmental issues, the ecosystem and the biology of the Baltic Sea itself. The Department of Biology is conducting research on the littoral communities of the Baltic Sea associated with the foundation species, and on the Baltic Sea marine biodiversity addressing the potential adaptation to the climate change.


The Pan-European Institute observes the economic development in the Baltic Sea region. Also at the Brahea Centre of the University of Turku, many cooperation and development projects are carried out, for instance, on food processing enterprises around the Baltic Sea and on applying social responsibility on shipping operations. The Baltic Flows project develops rainwater monitoring and management in the Baltic Sea catchment areas. The technical solutions of the use of wave energy in the area has been studied at the Wave Energy for a Sustainable Archipelago (WESA) Project.

Annually, over 2,000 international students from almost 100 countries study at the University of Turku. The total amount of students is over 20,000. The university offers over 300 courses taught in English, and 20 International Master’s degree programmes, including the Baltic Sea Region Studies programme. Issues connected with the Baltic Sea and the Baltic Sea region are also covered in subjects such as Biology, Geography and Geology as well as in business development, maritime and logistics education.


Åbo Akademi University – Educating Experts in Environmental Research

Future and present experts in environmental research are working side by side at Åbo Akademi University. The university is an important actor in sustainable development research and promotion.

Åbo Akademi University’s environmental and marine biologists operate in various locations mainly in Turku, but also at the Husö biological station in the Åland Islands and at the Archipelago Centre Korpoström in Korpo, for instance.

Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. Activities cover research and education in most disciplines from the humanities, pedagogy and theology to social sciences, natural sciences and technology. The abundant selection enables multidisciplinary entities in both research and education. Åbo Akademi University is the national centre for the Baltic University Programme, the largest network of universities and other institutes of higher education in the Baltic Sea Region, with focus on sustainable development in the Region.


Turku University of Applied Sciences – Multi-Field Research, Innovation and Development Activities

A multi-branch higher education institution of 9,500 students and 700 experts, Turku Unviersity of Applied Sciences (TUAS) has lively collaboration with universities and business life in the Baltic Sea region. TUAS experts are currently involved in multiple RDI projects aimed at developing the Baltic Sea area.

The RDI work conducted at TUAS is multidisciplinary. In the environmental field, the Baltic Sea region is approached from the angles of environmental technology, responsible business and dissemination of environmental information.


Baltic Area Legal Studies BALEX – What’s law got to do with it?

Baltic Area Legal Studies (BALEX) is a newly created hub for legal research and training on issues of relevance to the Baltic Sea Region. The world’s most regulated sea area offers a perfect place for interesting and practically relevant studies on multi-level governance, regulation and cooperation mechanisms. This challenge has recently been taken up by BALEX, which is a joint initiative of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.