BRIDGE-project – a cross-border collaboration in bridging the activities of universities, students and local enterprises to tackle employability and growth in the Kolarctic region.


June 2019 – November 2020


Viability of arctic economy, nature and environment


806 196 €


The project is funded by the European Union, Kolarctic Norway, Finnmark County Government, the Norwegian Barents Secretaria and Kolarctic CBC programme 2014-2020.


BRIDGE aims to enhance employability of university graduates; help to overcome a gap between requirements of SME and students’ competence level. BRIDGE provide firms with opportunity for becoming acquainted with future employees, students for meeting potential employers. Crossborder tourism, critical income source in peripheries, will be main field of action. BRIDGE relies on supporting international knowledge mobility. Existing partnership of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) serves partnership building with SME.

Overall objective is support of youth employment and economic growth by building a joint education platform of HEI-SME. International groups of final year students will write pre-graduation theses for firms, solving tasks in product/service innovation, customer development, market entry. Student competencies span Business and Tourism Management, Information Technology, Law, Language and Intercultural communication. As home country ambassadors, students help solving cross-border business communication problems. This project is funded with the support of EU. Project partners are fully responsible for the content of the project, which cannot be interpreted as an EU position.


  • Lead partner: Arctic University of Norway (Norway)
  • Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
  • Murmansk Arctic State University (Russia)
  • Petrozavodsk State University (Russia)
  • ITMO University (Russia)


ITMO University team:

Faculty of Technological Management and Innovations


Tatyana Tokareva,