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Research, Development and Innovation

The two main tasks for the University of Applied Sciences are education and research, development and innovation (RDI). RDI also promotes regional development and internationalisation. Savonia produces new competences and knowledge for the use of local operators, based on working life orientation.

Integration of RDI activities with education and learning is realised in Savonia’s Open Innovation Space thinking (OIS), which means:

  • working life orientation
  • students’ active role in projects and in developing work and business life
  • networking
  • transdisciplinary approach

The starting point of RDI is the context of application. Diverse expertise is brought together in RDI networks. At Savonia, production of new knowledge is rooted in practice. The quality of new skills and knowledge produced is ultimately measured within their fields of application. Savonia’s RDI activities offer variety of services and forms of co-operation to the businesses, communities, and organisations from different fields as well as to private individuals.

Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.

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