About the Baltic University Programme

The Baltic University Programme is one of the largest university cooperations in the world, with about 90 participating universities in the Baltic Sea Region, cooperating for education and research in Sustainable Development and Democracy.

The Baltic University Programme (BUP) strives to find novel ways of interaction among universities and between universities and society. The main aim is to enhance strong regional educational and research communities, but also to foster a greater awareness on our focus areas. The BUP focuses on questions of sustainable development, environmental protection, and democracy in the Baltic Sea region. We support the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development. 

Group of students
Group of students at a BUP conference. Photo: Sylwester Nagórka

Our aim is achieved by being an open and inclusive organization, developing and offering university courses, conferences, support multi- and interdisciplinary research co-operations, and by participating in transdisciplinary projects in cooperation with authorities, municipalities and others. We offer research themes intended as a source of information where BUP colleagues both collect and submit material. Our hope is that this will lead to more visibility and co-operation among researchers, teachers and students.

Baltic Sea Region cooperation since 1991

The Baltic University Programme has been around since the early 1990's, actively working for sustainable development and democracy in the Baltic Sea Region. Throughout the years, thousands of students, teachers, researchers and others have taken part in courses, conferences, projects, exchanges, excursions, sails, seminars, workshops and much more. Activities that are still going on today.

Students on a conference around year 2000
Sustainability course in Borki, Poland, spring 2001. Photo: BUP archive


The Programme is coordinated by the Baltic University Programme's Coordinating Secretariat at Uppsala University, Sweden. Moreover, three BUP Associate Secretariats have specialzed tasks. An integral part of our organization are the BUP National Centra who deal with the network coordination and student interaction in each BUP country. The long term development of the BUP and strategy is attended to by the BUP International Board. Access more information under Contacts in the menu to the left. 

Participating universities

From 2016 the Baltic University Programme is an organisation of participating universities in the Baltic Sea Region. The annual fee of €1000 entitles the participating university to send students and teachers to BUP courses and conferences. Reserchers, teachers and students from a participating university will not only get access to our activities without any extra cost, but also have priority to take part. Follow this link for more information on how to Become a participating university.

Map of the Baltic Sea Region with the member universities
The Baltic Sea Region, defined by the Baltic Sea Drainage Basin (black line) and the territories of the Baltic Sea States (white). Each red dot mark one or several Baltic University Programme participating universities. The blue dot with a red circle marks the location of the coordinating secretariat and the green dots with red circles marks the associate secretariats. Click here for high resolution map.

BUP logo
The Baltic University Programme logotype. The logotype shows the earth and a satellite focusing on the Baltic Sea Region. This is our history, reflecting on how the BUP set up satellite TV arrangements in the early 1990’s. An innovative approach to teaching and networking is as much part of our legacy as it is how we wish to continue working with our aims in the future.