BUP Finnish National Centre

Åbo Akademi UniversityThe Centre for Lifelong Learning (Centre of Continuing Education) at Åbo Akademi University has functioned as the BUP Finnish National Centre since the Programme started in 1991. The main task for the Finnish National Centre is to assist and co-operate with the BUP secretariat in Uppsala, to support the Finnish universities participating in the BUP network, to arrange BUP-courses at Åbo Akademi University and to participate in the development of the Programme.

Since 2007 Åbo Akademi University through the BUP Finnish National Centre is coordinating the forum "ESD in Higher Education - a national resource centre" funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education.

The BUP Finnish National Centre is:

  • arranging seminars, workshops and conferences (national and for the whole Baltic region) for teachers, researchers and educational planners (on educational and learning methods, case studies, concepts), encouraging and evaluating the implementation of the DESD in higher education.
  • maintaining a national BUP webpage for the higher education and a ESD homepage, providing information on references (textbooks, publications, didactic methods), links to networks, departments, course descriptions and other tools promoting education for sustainable development.

Earlier, between 2004 - 2006, the BUP Finnish National Centre through funding via the Finnish Ministry of Education was supporting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and the Baltic 21 E within the whole BUP network.