Due to the complexity of current social, economic and performative urban conditions, the traditional division of disciplines within the built environment is no longer adequate. There is an increasing need for cooperation and understanding between disciplines like civil engineering, structural engineering, architecture, urban planning, urban design or landscape architecture which requires new models in the higher education of built environment.
Individual disciplines do not have the necessary capacity to develop the comprehensive understanding alone, therefore interdisciplinary approaches and the integration of skills from different disciplines are needed in order to frame and address the complexity of the praxis of contemporary built environment.
Because of this, the project Intersections in built environment: promoting interdisciplinary higher education in the Baltic Sea Region (BeInterBaltic) aims at enhancing the quality and relevance of higher education in Baltic Sea Region by improving and adapting the current curricula of built environment disciplines of participating universities. All project partners belong to the Baltic Sea Region and due to many commonalities between the cities, all of them will benefit on different levels from joint solutions and outputs. Furthermore, the cooperation between these partners will support the strategic aims of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and its priorities.
In detail, the BeInterBaltic project aims at 1) to develop and test new teaching methods, formats and instruments in the education of built environment 2) to adapt current curricula to contemporary and emerging labour market needs 3) to equip the students with the interdisciplinary and intercultural competences and skills needed to deal with complex problems in multicultural societies 4) to promote, increase and exploit further the cooperation between the universities on all of the Baltic Sea Region supporting its sustainable development 5) to disseminate the project results and outcomes to the relevant target groups on all levels 6) to develop and strengthen an interactive dialogue between the universities and non-academic sector 7) to fill the gaps between theory and practice strengthening the links between the educational and the labour market and 8) to support the better use of EU transparency and recognition tools (ECTS).