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 🙂