PA Education

Priority Area (PA) Education contributes to strengthening the social dimension of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). It covers three policy areas: education, youth and labour mobility. Increased prosperity in the Baltic Sea Region presupposes access to good education and training for all, an effective and inclusive welfare system and a well-functioning labour market supporting geographical, professional and socio/economic mobility.

Two Priority Area Coordinators (PAC)

The Priority Area is coordinated by the Norden Association in Sweden together with the Land of Hamburg.

Target and indicators

Improved global competitiveness of the Baltic Sea Region and a smart, inclusive and sustainable growth through;

  • increased pupil/student mobility – increased knowledge about the BSR and its cultures forming a common belongingness,
  • closer cooperation between educational institutions in BSR – building a common area for education.
  • a strengthen international position in education – attract students from outside BSR to our higher education institutions.


Flagships are development processes consisting of clusters of projects, one single project or in the form of a network. At present (November 2014) there are three flagships, one emerging flagship, four possible flagships and four new initiatives in the portfolio. These are;


  • Baltic University Programme – a network of 225 universities promoting sustainable development.
  • Baltic Training Programme – developing methods supporting internationalisation and entrepreneurship within Vocational Education and Training (VET).
  • Baltic Sea Labour Forum – social partners combating youth unemployment and supporting labour mobility.

Emerging flagship;

  • School to Work (S2W) – combating early school leaving and NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

Possible flagships;

  • Baltic Sea Youth Forum – building a network of youth councils for the support of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
  • Ready to Research – Training activities for qualifying SMEs on R&D collaboration possibilities with research infrastructures.
  • Supporting dual education within VET – Dual vocational training combines the traditional school-like vocational education with the on the spot training in a company.
  • BSLF Mobility Flagship Initiative – facilitate and encourage labour mobility through identifying and remove obstacles to the free movement, counter pay dumping and provide apprentices and students of VET internships in neighbouring countries.

New initiatives;

  • BSR Lifelong Learning – meeting the challenges of an aging population and thus need to enable older people (55+) to stay longer in the labour market or becoming entrepreneurs.
  • Baltic Science Network – supporting a more effective use of our research infrastructure.
  • SYPERB – mapping of youngsters living conditions – a survey used in municipalities, districts or regions providing knowledge on young people’s lives, their experiences, expectations and views on the future.
  • EntrepreneurshipLab – offering students the opportunity to work with viable, entrepreneurial projects with companies and public bodies.

You can find more information on PA Education here.