The Graduate School on Integration and Interaction in the Baltic Sea Region focuses on examining cultural, legislative, social, political and economic integration and interaction processes in the Baltic Sea Region. The Graduate School is a joint PhD programme of several departments and it is coordinated by the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku. It is comprised from the following disciplines: economics, European ethnology, geography, history, political science and social sciences. The Graduate School has been funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and the Academy of Finland. The Graduate School started in 1995 together with the first doctoral programmes in Finland.
In the Graduate School the Baltic Sea area is considered as a dynamic growth region in Europe. Baltic Sea Region has many faces: rather than trying to define its exact geographical limits we can understand it as a multicultural contact area. This area is flexible and it has its essence on variety of human interaction. Different aspects of Baltic Sea Region cannot be investigated by means of one discipline. The speciality of the Graduate School is thus in its multidisciplinary nature and the vast field of studies connected to questions of integration and interaction. These processes are examined on regional, national and international level, both from historical and contemporary perspective. In short, the aim of the Graduate School is to seek multiple insights into the Baltic Sea area, into its past and present.
- Doctoral programme's term 2007-2011 ended in December 2011