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The Baltic Sea School Berlin (Ostsee-Kolleg) is without equivalent in the German academia. Thanks to its affiliation to the Department for Northern European Studies at Humboldt-Universität and its excellent contacts with higher education institutions throughout the entire region, the Baltic Sea School Berlin is able to offer an institutional umbrella for a broad variety of study and research activities related to the politics, culture, history, and economy of the Baltic Sea region.

The Baltic Sea School was established in 2001. It was initially designed as a temporary programme with the aim of creating an "International Quality Network" (IQN) for science and research in the Baltic Sea Region, with financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Humboldt-Universität. The Baltic Sea School programme complemented to a similar EU funded research and exchange programme that had already been started in 2000: "The Baltic Sea Area Studies: Northern Dimension of Europe" or, in short, BaltSeaNet.

The Baltic Sea School and BaltSeaNet were both international and multidisciplinary projects, with particular focus on political science, cultural and media studies, economics, history and geography.

Another similarity of the two programmes was their commitment to international networking, which soon involved a growing number of universities in all countries surrounding the Baltic Sea: from Greifswald (Germany) to Gdansk (Poland), from Vilnius (Lithuania) via Riga (Latvia) and Tartu (Estonia) to St. Petersburg (Russia), and from Copenhagen (Denmark) vis Oslo (Norway), Lund and Södertörn/Stockholm (Sweden) to Turku and Helsinki (Finland).

This network of co-operating universities developed over the years a lively and fruitful and several guest lecturers during their stay in Berlin. BaltSeaNet provided grants to about 40 young researchers for the purpose of spending a study period abroad at a partner institution. Correspondingly, the Baltic Sea School supported 20 doctoral students, 2 junior professors and several guest lecturers during their stay in Berlin. Other activities included the realisation of seminars, work shops, summer and winter schools, symposia and conferences which resulted in a series of books and working papers. Many of these documents have been made available via the internet and can be obtained in our archive.

The most innovative achievement of the Baltic Sea School programme has been the drafting of a curriculum for a "Master in Baltic Sea Region Studies". The new training programme was put into practise in a one year test with 13 students from 8 countries (see Master 2003). Although the pilot project became a success, it proved too difficult to secure adequate financial and human resources in order to establish the master programme at Humboldt-Universität on a permanent basis. We remain nevertheless committed to achieve this goal.

The Baltic Sea School and BaltSeaNet programmes had to be concluded by the end of 2004. At the same time, a follow-up programme was put in place entitled BalticStudyNet. In this situation, it was decided, not only to keep Baltic Sea School as a name but also to make this name an institutional trademark. Hence since January 2005, Baltic Sea School is being used as the label of an umbrella organisation at the Department for Northern European Studies which is designed to unite all study and research activities relevant to the Baltic Sea region.