- Savonia University of Applied Sciences
In its supplementary budget, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture allocated 10 million euros for the purpose of strengthening the basis for education, research and development based on the needs of working life. Savonia University of Applied Sciences received 750,000 euros for the “Coworking Learning space (RDI 2.0)” project. In this project, Savonia develops connections of education as well as research, development and innovation (RDI) to working life in cooperation with the universities of applied sciences of Jyväskylä and Tampere. The project is implemented in 2013–2015. During this project, the universities of applied sciences open their competences and human resources to work environments more easily and more comprehensively than before by taking them into the organisations and the joint development environments. The “Coworking Learning Space (RDI 2.0)” operational model tested in this project will be chronicled so that it can be used by all universities of applied sciences.
The general development target of the project comprises three dimensions:
1. The competitiveness of enterprises and service providers or their suitability to the operating environment will improve, and obstacles to their development will decrease.
2. Correspondence of the universities of applied sciences to the needs of working life will improve, and the graduates will be increasingly sought-after in the labour market or will become more competent entrepreneurs.
3. The attractiveness of the universities of applied sciences will increase, and higher education will lead to better results.
In this project, it is possible that more than half of the teachers will be able to make their competence and expertise available to workplaces and their operating environments. The first topics of the development work are related to the strategic focus areas at Savonia, Jyväskylä and Tampere universities of applied sciences, to the educational profiles of Master’s degrees and to the development needs of regional industry, service sector and welfare services. Particular attention is paid to the relevance of the topics to the creation of SMEs, new business and new services in the regions.
Furthermore, Savonia is involved in two projects concerning all universities of applied sciences, to which three million euros were granted. The two joint projects focus on the preparation of staff competence for research and development and on the development of Master-level education to provide it with strong influence in the field of RDI.