The Baltic Region

2010 Issue №3(5)

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International cooperation in higher education

Innovative education for the Baltic region: the experience of the Finnish-Russian Cross-border University

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The article defines the innovative features of teaching international relations in the Baltic Sea Region at the graduate level, taking as an example the double degree program in international relations of the Finnish-Russian Cross-Border University, set up by the St. Petersburg State University and the University of Tampere the article also evaluates specific features of other similar programs taught in universities around the Baltic Sea.

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International education fora as a factor for strengthening global cooperation in the Humanities

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The article is devoted to the development of new forms of international cooperation in education, such as international fora of rectors of universities and faculties of Humanities. Such fora are regarded as an innovative form of inter-university cooperation, which opens new prospects and opportunities for cooperation in education, science and culture.

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Specific features of internationalization of higher education in the framework of the Northern Dimension

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This article analyzes the internationalization of universities, taking part in international cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic region. The case analysis focuses on the experience of Murmansk State Technical University in the Barents Cross-Border University international project implemented together with Murmansk State Pedagogical University, the oldest university in the region, specializing in the Humanities.

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Motors for regional development: impact on regional political organizations on the university cooperation in the Baltic Sea region

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Educational co-operation is one of the main aspects of the regional political agenda in the Baltic Sea Region. The article analyzes the political impact of the organizations, as perceived by the universities in the region and political decision-makers on national and regional levels. Based on the success of the OECD in becoming an influential actor in educational policies, this article discusses different strategies for the regional political organizations to enhance their influence.

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Post-Soviet space in contemporary curricula and cooperation projects

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This article analyzes the current situation and prospects of the post-Soviet themes research in Russian higher education in the Humanities. The problem is considered in the context of the modernization of the national education, integration processes in the former Soviet Union, globalization and the development of international cooperation.

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Education system in the Baltic Sea countries

The effectiveness of the Latvian education system assessed by the population

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The article assesses the efficiency of the state’s system of education through a wide variety of objective factors (the state and availability of infrastructure, budget, training and retraining, etc.) and subjective (psychosocial) assessments and visions of the education system (satisfaction with one’s own level of education, field of education and the attitude to it).

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School education in Lithuania and the Lithuanian SSR (1920s—1950s)

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The author considers the problems of schooling in the bourgeois Lithuania and later, in the Lithuanian SSR. On the basis of archival documents and statistical data that were unavailable in the Soviet period, the author analyses historiographical materials and studies the peculiarities of the education system, as well as evaluates the attitude of the state, the national authorities and the republic's population towards this issue.

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Psychological aspects of innovations in higher education

Psychological health risks to children in modern education

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The article focuses on the psychological threats to the health of children and youth emanating from the education system and education: relations of power between teachers and children, parents' ambition to train psychologically and physiologically immature children, etc. The author exposes the contradiction between the set out humanistic approach and the actual directive training mechanisms in educational institutions as well as the promotion of teachers' consumer attitude to the student's health. The author arrives at a conclusion that students' health is sacrificed to academic achievements.

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International education projects and programmes

"The Baltic University" programme on the eve of its 20th anniversary

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This article is dedicated to the Baltic University programme — a unique educational project aiming at the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea region. International interuniversity cooperation facilitates intercultural communication between students and researchers, and creates new prospects for joint research, which opens up an opportunity for solving common environmental and social problems in the Baltic Sea region.

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"All bigger things are clearer from a distance": some results of cooperation between philologists from the Immanuel Kant State University of Russia and the University of Warmia and Mazury

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The author analyses cooperation of slavists from the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University and University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. This cooperation began in 1980 when an agreement of cooperation between the two universities was signed. The paper focuses on the main areas of cooperation and assesses its results. The author gives credit to the leading scholars who made an invaluable contribution to the development of this cooperation.

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