Erasmus+ Stategic Partnerships
BeInterBaltic – Intersections in built environment
promoting interdisciplinary higher education in the Baltic Sea Region

The BeInterBaltic project consortium consists of the following higher education institutions:

•HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), Germany (Project Head)
•Aalto University (Aalto), Finland
•Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Sweden
•Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT), Poland
•Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Estonia
•Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark
•The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), Denmark

All project partners are strong and well known universities in their countries with experiences in international collaborations. Together they aim to find useful and innovative architectural, technical as well as urban planning solutions. They are convinced, that innovative solutions in these fields require trans- and interdisciplinary methods. Thus, all partner universities place value on training of responsible interacting young professionals who think transnational and interdisciplinary and act in the sectors of construction and real estate. All involved universities support the project idea to strengthen the interdisciplinary approach and skills by providing new innovative methods and formats for interaction and participation.

HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), Germany

The HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) was founded in 2006 by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg as a university with a distinctive profile focusing exclusively on the built environment and metropolitan development. This new model is unique and there is no other precedent in Germany. By merging four built environment and planning oriented departments from three Hamburg universities and through systematic growth of the academic areas of engineering, the sciences, the humanities and the social sciences as well as design and planning, the HCU combines all the areas of study needed for the exploration of the planned and built environment. The fusion of the research areas of architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, geomatics, urban design and metropolitan culture aims to overcome the departmental boundaries in order to enable the researchers to exchange openly their methods and approaches. Nowadays, problems of building processes and urban development can only be tackled efficiently, if researchers of different areas work closely together. Consequently, research at the HCU is organised in an interdisciplinary way. The university operates like a large faculty of the planned and built environment with 52 professors and 135 researchers and is characterized by research projects which are conducted at the intersection of several disciplines. The location of the new university in Europe’s largest inner city development project, the HafenCity, is not only a spectacular site. The HafenCity projects also functions as an outdoor laboratory for the research activities of the HCU.

The university has excellent connections to many European universities by involvement in the joint projects, research activities as well as through exchange of students and teaching staff. Within its internationalization strategy in teaching and research the HCU focuses on scientific cooperation and strategic relations with outstanding universities within the Baltic Sea Region.  The HCU has a strong orientation on transdisciplinary approaches by educating of transnational and interdisciplinary thinking as well as responsibly acting young professionals in the disciplines of built environment.

Prof. Dr. Annette Bögle
+49 40 428275691
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Aalto University (Aalto), Finland

Aalto University was established in 2010 as a merger of three major Finnish universities: the Helsinki University of Technology (established 1849), the Helsinki School of Economics (established 1904), and the University of Art and Design Helsinki (established 1871). The close collaboration between the scientific, business and arts communities is intended to foster multi-disciplinary education and research.

The university is composed of six schools with close to 20,000 students and 4,500 staff members, making it Finland's second largest university. The main campus of Aalto University is located in Otaniemi, Espoo. Aalto University has contributed substantially to the emergence of Helsinki as a hotbed for startups. Aaltoes, the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, is Europe’s largest student run entrepreneurship community and organises the Startup Sauna accelerator program for startups, raising more than US$36 million in funding since 2010.

The university is named in honour of Alvar Aalto, a prominent Finnish architect, designer and alumnus of the former Helsinki University of Technology, who was also instrumental in designing a large part of the university's main campus in Otaniemi.

Prof. Dr. Toni Kotnik
+358 50 4645211
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Chalmers University of Technology (Chalmers), Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology is a private university located in Gothenburg, Sweden with 11000 students, 1000 doctoral students and a staff of 2500. Approximately 40 pct. of Sweden's graduate engineers and architects are educated at Chalmers. The school was founded in 1829 following a donation by William Chalmers. 

Chalmers focuses on research and education in technology, natural science, architecture, and maritime areas. It pursues a strong profile in sustainability under the slogan “Chalmers for a sustainable future”. Sustainability permeates the entire field of activities from undergraduate education and doctoral programs, research, innovation and collaboration, to campus development and internal environment. 

Prof. Morten Lund
+46 705113913
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Gdańsk University of Technology (GUT), Poland

Gdansk University of Technology is the largest technical university in the Pomeranian Region and one of the oldest technical universities in Poland. The first inauguration of the academic year took place on 4th October 1904. The university was established in Gdansk, a city with a historical tradition of over 1000 years and Poland’s largest maritime, cultural and scientific centre.  

The university employs over 2600 staff, including nearly 1200 academic teachers (113 titular professors, 165 associate professors and 651 assistant professors). One measure of the university’s achievements in research and development is the yearly contribution of over 2000 publications, of which nearly 300 appear in the world’s most renowned scientific journals on the ISI list and more than 40 are scientific monographs and academic textbooks.   The impressive premises of GUT are occupied by 9 faculties, which offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral studies conducted in full time and part time systems in many areas of science and technology.

GUT provides its students with vast access to information resources localized in specialist departmental computing laboratories, as well as two open laboratories in the Information Technology Centre. GUT is home to the Information Academic Computer Centre in Gdansk (CI TASK).  The university has been awarded the ECTS label – an international certificate of quality of the study programme which confirms that the study programme of all fields of study is aimed at strengthening practical competence of students. Only 28 universities in Europe possess such a certificate.

Prof. Dr. Bartosz Macikowski
+48 506 470141
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Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Estonia

Tallinn University of Technology was established in 1918 and is the only university which focuses on engineering and technology in Estonia. As the principle provider of engineering- and technology-related graduates, it enjoys a unique connection with Estonian industry and an extensive network of alumni. It has a well-established engineering education tradition and has considerable experience, systems and facilities in place to support research cooperation with foreign universities and international student exchanges. There are about 14000 students at the university (among these 30% Masters’ and 6% PhD students). The total number of academic staff is 1147 and 13% of these are professors. The University implements many international projects under different funding programs.  

The Faculty of Civil Engineering of TUT is responsible for the fulfilment of curricula in civil engineering and architecture.  It is a leading provider of higher education and research services to the Estonian construction industry not only in terms of full-time graduate courses but also through distance learning, lifelong learning and continuous professional development courses. The Faculty with its Departments have established long-term partnerships with construction and property organizations in Estonia. There is also a wide range of international contacts available for the Faculty. This all ensures that research and education programs maintain close alignment to the current needs of the construction industry, and promotes improvements in industry practice through innovation.

Prof. Roode Liias
+373 620 2456
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Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

The Technical University of Denmark is located in the Greater Copenhagen Area and has 6000 researchers and faculty employed and 10.000 students.  The Department of Civil Engineering at DTU is ranked amongst the 10 best in the world. Since 2002 the department of Civil Engineering has focused on interdisciplinarity in a new study line where classical civil engineering meets architectural design (DTU Architectural Engineering). Based on this programme 11 PhD students working within the field of design methodology and integrated design in particular has contributed significantly to the pool of knowledge within the topic of interdisciplinary design processes.  

DTU has a close bond with universities in the Baltic Sea Region, cooperating closely with Aalto, Chalmers and KTH (Stockholm) in the NordicFiveTech alliance. The alliance was founded in 2006 by the leading technical universities in the Nordic countries, Its mission is to become the Nordic check point for international M.Sc. in Engineering students and take advantage of the “N5T extended campus” in terms of activities, infrastructure and competence available within the alliance. The partners thus collaborate in depth on a range of issues from joint master programmes over PhD courses to pedagogy and innovation and entrepreneurship. DTU also has collaboration with many universities in the Baltic Sea Region.

Prof. Dr. Lotte Marianne Bjerregaard Jensen
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The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), Denmark

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture Design and Conservation (KADK) is an organization that consists of three research/educational parts: The School of Architecture, School of Design and the Conservation School.  KADK unites three fields of knowledge: academic research, artistic research and professional practice as three different ways to discover, invent and create. These three fields are closely interlinked in the education, enabling us to develop graduates and knowledge, which match the needs of the profession, while contributing world-class research, ground-breaking artistic design and new experimental understanding. Their knowledge base gives KADK a unique position among educational and research institutions both in Denmark and abroad. 

The KADK is well-known internationally for the high quality of our science, art and teaching. The KADK wishes to be internationally recognized as the leading Nordic academy within the fields of architecture, design and conservation. The mission of the KADK is to produce graduates and knowledge to shape our future, society and cultural heritage, springing from a unique match between research, practice and artistic research. This should happen in an international campus environment with workshops, drawing board teaching and project-based education. KADK’s graduates should be characterized by their awareness of how a special Nordic approach to form can be developed and transformed into new contexts. The KADK wants to their graduates to enter the world with analytical, methodical and artistic skills, which empower them to create, transform and preserve the society and culture of tomorrow.

Prof. Dr. Olga Popovic Larsen / Imke Wies van Mil
+45 40616783
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