Save the date: CBIR Autumn School 2019

The seasonal autumn school of Cross-Border International Relations programme will be held at Tampere University on November 18-22, 2019. 16 students from St Petersburg State University and Petrozavodsk State University will come to Tampere to participate in joint studies. The programme of the autumn school will include courses and thesis seminars as well as receptions, campus and city tours, and free time to get together and explore the town! The exact programme is under final preparations so stay tuned to know more!

New and ‘old’ CBIR students together in the Winter School in St. Petersburg

For the first time in the history of the double degree programme in Cross-Border International Relations we had both first-year and second-year Master’s students attending the same seasonal school. There were Petrozavodsk, St. Petersburg and Tampere students of the 2017 intake and Tampere students of the 2018 intake. It worked very well and both groups found it rewarding to work together.

In addition to traditional lectures and research seminars, we visited  the Consulate General of Finland and German-Russian Exchange. At the Consulate, the students had an opportunity to give their presentations prepared in groups on a topic related to the link between higher education/academic cooperation and international relations.These wonderful, well-prepared presentations were commented by the Consulate personnel. We run out of time because there would have so much to discuss!

Thank you for all students, teachers and experts who contributed to the CBIR Winter School/FIRST intensive course “Education Cooperation in the European North”!

An interesting thesis on Kyrgyzstan and the Eurasian Economic Union

Anna Laitinen graduated from the Master’s Programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies/Cross-Border International Relations in December. She was a double degree student and in addition to graduating from Tampere, she also graduated from the St. Petersburg State University. Please check out her thesis ‘Kyrgyzstan in the Eurasian Economic Union : Challenges and Opportunities’ here

Congratulations, Anna!

New graduates from our programme!

We have two new graduates from the Master’s Programme in Russian and European Studies (RES)/Cross Border International Relations (CBIR) in Tampere:

Yuliya Trubachyova and Francesco Durante.  Congratulations, Yuliya and Francesco!




Yuliya and Francesco also successfully defended their theses in St. Petersburg and will get another degree from the School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University. They thus have a double degree, both from Tampere and St. Petersburg.

Please check out their excellent Master’s theses in the links below:



Durante, Francesco (2018) Russia’s international energy cooperation : the Yamal LNG case

Trubachyova, Yuliya (2018) Seen from the outside : perceptions of the EU in Kazakhstan




5th CBIR Spring School in Petrozavodsk opened on Monday

Master’s programme in Cross-Border International Relations (former CBU) started its 5th seasonal school in Petrozavodsk on Monday  21st May. Eighteen students from Petrozavodsk, St. Petersburg and Tampere take part in the school/FIRST intensive course. Students learn about the past and present of Finnish-Russian relations, about the broader context of these relations as well as about Russia’s foreign policy decision-making. In addition, their research proposals are discussed. The planned research addresses many different questions to do with international studies ranging from foreign policies of Sweden, Lithuania or Russia to questions to do with immigration in Nordic countries.

We also welcomed the students to the spring school in a less formal manner by having dinner in a Georgian restaurant. During the evening we enjoyed songs performed in Arabic, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian and Spanish, which tells about the international  nature of our student group.

We have been lucky with the weather so far 🙂

Karolina Marisa: “Exploring EU referendums through problem-based learning”

A problem-based workshop on EU referendums was offered to CBIR double degree students during the Tampere Autumn School in November 2017. The workshop was part of the course “Integration and Disintegration in Europe: Theory and Practice” taught by Hanna Ojanen and Sarah Kilpeläinen. In this report, CBIR student Karolina Marisa reflects on how the exercise was organized and whether it succeeded in facilitating learning.

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University students representing eight nationalities participate in the 7th CBIR Autumn School in Tampere

The Faculty of Management in the University of Tampere is hosting the Cross-Border International Relations (CBIR) autumn school for the seventh time. Twenty students from Saint-Petersburg State University, Petrozavodsk State University and University of Tampere participate at the school. The students represent eight different nationalities.

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A Broad Spectrum of International Relations Topics Explored in Student Research

International Relations students enrolled in the Cross-Border International Relations (CBIR) in the University of Tampere, have completed a set of interesting research projects for their Master’s Theses. The theses are original pieces of research exploring a broad spectrum of topics in International Relations, European Studies and World Politics.

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