A new master’s degree programme in Comparative Social Work has been developed and is realized together by Finnish and Russian partner universities: the University of Lapland and the Pomor State University, the Karelian State Pedagogical University, Petrozavodsk State University, Northern State Medical University, Murmansk Humanities Institute, Murmansk State Pedagogical University, Murmansk State Technical University and the University of Oulu.
Co-ordinators are the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland and the Faculty of Social Work at the Pomor State University, Archangel, Russia.
Graduates from this programme will have higher vocational proficiency and will internationalise themselves during their studies. During their studies students will be connected not only to the University of Lapland and the Pomor State University (Russia), but also with six other universities in Russia and in Finland through distance learning and/or student exchange. The professional and skillful teachers of these universities will guide students, with a multi-cultural perspectives all the way through to graduation.
Graduating students will be awarded degree qualifications by the university where they are accepted and registered. The degree qualifications are a Master of Social Sciences from the University of Lapland, and a Master of Social Work from the Pomor State University. The programme has been developed with the support of Finnish Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (neighbouring areas programme) and the call for applications at the University of Lapland will begin 1st of December 2008.