Permanent uncertainty as normality? Finnish-Russian double degrees in the post-Crimea world

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    EU-Russia higher education cooperation has continued despite global tensions including Crimea incorporation. One example of this cooperation is the development of Finnish-Russian double degree programmes.

    This paper focuses on institutional environments where double degrees develop and asks how and why they produce uncertainty from inside Finnish and Russian universities in the period of this unfavourable political situation. The matryoshka model is applied to understand the institutional environment of a university and the institutions around it. The institutional nature of a double degree is determined by comparative analysis of how internal university stakeholders in Finland and Russia perceive a programme’s benchmarks.

    The study is based on the analysis of interviews conducted in partner universities. This paper discusses how perceptions of double degrees influence uncertainty in programme provision within and between institutional environments in Finnish and Russian universities. In addition, the level of institutionalisation of the double degrees may be evaluated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)611-628
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Finland
    • Russia
    • cross-border education
    • double degree
    • higher education cooperation
    • institutional arrangements
    • institutional environments
    • internationalisation of higher education
    • neighbouring countries
    • transnational education

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 3


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