Possibilities and limits, challenges and obstacles of transferring CEE EU pre-accession best practices and experience to Moldova’s and Georgia's pre-accession process (EU-PREACC)
Project period: March 2013 - February 2017Funding: Seventh Framework Programme; Marie Curie Actions (PIRSES-GA-2012-318911)Partners: University of Tartu, Vilnius University, Moldova State University, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
The focus of the project and project-related research is structuring the CEE states' reform experience and analysing the possibilities and limits of transferring the best practices and experience to Moldova’s and Georgia's (possible) EU pre-accession process. It analyses the situation in Moldova and Georgia and suggests benchmarking opportunities best suitable for Moldova and Georgia. The results of the analysis and researchers/lecturers exchange are wrapped up via regular thematic workshops and publications. The output of the research results is also used in improving and developing the European Union-related curricula and courses in all participating universities: in Tartu, Vilnius, Moldova and Georgia.
Project website: www.eupreacc.wordpress.com
Enhancing Student Learning Experience in Interdisciplinary Area Studies (NPHE-2015/10223)Project period: July 2015 - September 2016Funding: Nordplus Higher Education programmePartners: University of Tartu, University of Latvia, University of Helsinki, Vilnius University, Riga Graduate School of Law, Uppsala University, Northern Lithuania College, Aalborg University
Project seeks to enhance collaboration between seven Nordic-Baltic universities to improve teaching, learning and joint curricula planning within interdisciplinary area studies (Baltic Sea Region, Russian and East European, EU-Russia studies). Rationale for this year’s project “Enhancing Student Learning Experience within Interdisciplinary Area Studies” is connected with the need to correspond to new developments in higher education as well as to the demands of the labor market.
Project has following objectives:
- To exchange experiences concerning active learning methods (PBL) within interdisciplinary studies;
- To contribute to the harmonization of the BSR studies through development project and mobility;
- To enhance students’ practical skills and strengthen ties with labor market through incorporating private
and public organizations to the network activities;
The core universities of this network have long-term collaboration already since 2004, current "Baltic Sea
Region Network" was established in 2013.
Project activities include student and teachers mobility, autumn and winter schools, joint curriculum planning and publication/dissemination of the results.
Redefine Politics for the 21st Century
Project period: 01.02.2015-31.03.2016Funding: Education and Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European CommissionProject Coordinator: Sharing Perspectives FoundationPartners: University of Tartu, University of Osnabrück, University of Helsinki, Leiden University, Trinity College Dublin, University of Padova, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
This project is a virtual exchange programme initiated by the Sharing Perspectives Foundation. The aim of the project is to bring together youth from across Europe to rethink their European citizenship. Citizenship is often defined through limited concepts such as voting or membership of a political party. Youth, however, is in many different ways (politically) engaged. This project, therefore, focuses on these ‘grassroots’ understandings of citizenship: what is citizenship for youth? How does youth express itself? How does youth wants to be engaged? Consequently, this project broadens the scope of the concept to encapsulate and discuss various forms of democratic participation and civic (inter)action.
During ten weeks 140 participants from 7 countries follow webinars from professors and practitioners. They virtually meet weekly in 20 subgroups of 7 participants to explore their perspectives on (European) citizenship and how the Union facilitates civic and democratic participation of youth. All participants jointly conduct a European wide research into the perceptions of European citizenship among youth across different national and socioeconomic boundaries. In the end, a final summit is held in Brussels for the highest graded participants of the programme to interact with EU officials and present their findings.
Project website: http://www.sharingperspectivesfoundation.com/rec/
Good Governance through Civil Society Engagement in UkraineProject period: 30.06.2015-31.03.2016Funding: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation ProgramPartners: University of Tartu, Lviv Ivan Franko National University
The rationale for the project is to raise awareness of the concept “good governance” among Ukrainian youth and the role of the civil society in its implementation on the example of Estonia. In addition, this project seeks to contribute to the integration of Ukraine into the EU by shaping youths’ values and by enhancing the quality of higher education through mobility and international cooperation. This project consist of three activities: (1) Autumn School in Ukraine “Good Governance through Civil Society Engagement” that among others explains dependency of democracy on between sectorial cooperation, citizens’ initiative, e-services, sustainable development and education; (2) visit of the delegation of Lviv Ivan Franko National University to Tartu University for enhancing cooperation.
Building a Competence Centre in EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS)Project period: 2011 - 2015
Funding: The UT Development FundPartners: University of Tartu, Institute of Government and Politics, European College and Faculty of Law
Committed to academic excellence, interdisciplinary exchange and international cooperation, the Centre for EU-Russia Studies has four interrelated objectives:
EU-Russia relations is an area of acute interest to governments, European institutions, and think-tanks worldwide. The strategic partnership that is crucially important for both sides remains, in many respects, underdeveloped and problematic. In the legal domain, the two parties still work on the basis of the outdated Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, concluded in 1994. Agreements, common spaces and road maps, which are supposed to be there to facilitate interaction and to provide rules on how to handle conflicts, usually remain dormant and are only invoked in political declarations. The parties have declared the intention to develop the Partnership for Modernisation as the new general framework for their relations, but major differences will remain as to its interpretation. The increasing value gap, reflected in models of political and economic development chosen by the EU and the Russian Federation, raises doubts about the ability of the parties to forge a relationship based on mutual trust. However, geographical proximity, coupled with interaction and interdependence, create an objective need for close dialogue and cooperation in a range of issue areas including trade, energy, security, environment, etc.
Project website: http://ceurus.ut.ee
Baltic Sea Region Studies NetworkProject period: July 2014 - September 2015Funding: Nordplus Higher Education programmePartners: University of Tartu, University of Latvia, University of Helsinki, Vilnius University, Riga Graduate School of Law, Uppsala University, Northern Lithuania College
Project aims to enhance the collaboration between the 6 BSR universities and to improve (e-)teaching, (e)learning and joint online curriculum planning within the interdisciplinary field of Baltic Sea Region Studies ( EU-Russia studies, gender and human security, environmental and energy policies and law, cultural heritage - in BSR).
The project focuses on the Baltic Sea Strategy priorities; and through the teaching activities the students, who are also future decision makers and policy implementers in the region, will have a deeper knowledge about the BSR issues.
The project is a follow up for previous Nordplus network project during 2013-2014 and is the deepening of the previous network and subjects, touched.
Jean Monnet Module on European energy and climate policyProject period: September 2012 - August 2015Funding: LLP, Jean Monnet Programme, Key Activity 1, European ModulePartners: University of Tartu, Institute of Government and Politics, European College
The University of Tartu hosts visiting lecturers from nine leading European universities and research centers with the support of EU's Lifelong Learning Programme’s Jean Monnet activity. The courses are developed under the framework of the programme are European energy and climate policy and energy security.
Courses developed during the project:
Joint Master level module on business development of Russia and the Neighbouring countries for increasing export capacity of Estonian companies to the East (TRADERUN)Project period: September 2010 - December 2014Funding: European Structural Funds and Archimedes FoundationPartners: University of Tartu, Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian School of DiplomacyInvolved organisations: The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI, Enterprise Estonia (EAS), Archimedes foundation, University of Huddersfield (London, UK), Higher Economic School (HES) of SPbSUEF, FINEK (St.Petersburg, Russia), Higher School of Economics, VYSHKA (Moscow, Russia), Academy of Economic Studies (Moldova), OOO EFK Consulting Group (St.Petersburg, Russia)
The aim of one year TRADERUN programme was to increase the development of Russian and Eastern Partnership countries' environment and its impact on the business society to value the quality and expertise of Estonian higher education. The goal of this multilateral MA training programme was to introduce a unified academic module that gives an overview of economic, cultural, political, administrational business settings in Russia and Eastern Partnership countries. The programme was designed for MA students, businessman, managers, consultants, officials, public servants, and wide public.
University of Tartu and Tbilisi State University cooperation on good governance and EU Neighborhood Policy issuesProject period: June 2014 - June 2015Funding: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation ProgramPartners: Tbilisi State University, University of Tartu
European College at the University of Tartu and Tbilisi State University joint project was focusing on increased knowledge on good governance issues in the context of EU integration in Georgia and development of institutional cooperation between universities.
1) summer school “ENPI beyond 2013 in South Caucasus region: challenges in good governance” in Tbilisi 25-31 august 2014.
2) Tbilisi and the university rectors' meeting in Tartu and renewing the cooperation agreement – 23-25 September 2014
3) Tbilisi University experts attend EU Neighbourhood related conference “Borders, Regions, Neighborhoods: Interactions And Experiences At EU External Frontiers”, in Tartu – 27-28 November 2014. The conference in organised in cooperation with Center for EU-Russia studies (http://ceurus.ut.ee).
4) 5 Tbilisi State University MA students study spring semester in European College (MA program “EU-Russia studies”)
Sustainable development in the Baltic Sea RegionProject period: July 2013 - September 2014Funding: Nordplus Higher Education programmePartners: University of Turku, University of Latvia, University of Helsinki, Vilnius University, Riga Graduate School of Law, Uppsala University
Project aimed to enhance the collaboration between the Baltic States, Finnish and Swedish universities and to improve teaching, learning and joint curriculum planning within the interdisciplinary field of Baltic Sea Region Studies (international relations, EU-Russia studies, environmental and energy policies and law, cultural heritage).
The project focused on the EU Baltic Sea Strategy priorities, striving for more intensive cooperation between the Baltic Sea countries and contributing to shape the region into a regional cooperation model for the whole EU. Through the teaching activities the students, who are also future decision makers and policy implementers in the region, had an opportunity to deepen knowledge about the BSR issues. Mobility courses are aimed to broaden the possibilities for students to study in another Baltic Sea Region country and encourages contacts between people and institutions.
Project activities included student and teachers mobility, autumn and winter schools, joint curriculum planning and publication/dissemination of the results.
Good governance as an essential tool for economic developmentProject period: September 2013-August 2014Funding: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Development Cooperation ProgramPartners: University of Tartu, Moldova State University, Romanian Centre for European Policies – Moldovan Branch
This project aims to promote the ideas of good governance in Moldova, during the country’s EU pre-accession process.
The project activities include: