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International Projects

International research and development project cooperation promotes education and staff proficiency. Projects often also include student and teacher mobility and thesis work. International R&D project cooperation of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences has intensified year by year thanks to the long-term international cooperation networks.

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences is involved yearly in about 25 international education development projects and other research and development projects as a partner or as a coordinator. The majority of the projects are European, which are principally financed by the European Union programmes. Notable cooperation projects are also carried out with Asian, African and American partners. Funding has been received also e.g. from Tekes, the National Technology Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Regional Council.

Development of Education

  • Work for Future
    (Official project name in Finnish: Korkeakoulusta kansainvälisiä osaajia alueen ja yritysten kilpailukyvyn tueksi)
    Coordinator: Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
    Period: 20122014  
    Objectives: Developing cooperation between the international degree students of Seinäjoki UAS and the local companies/organizations. Supporting the working life connections, employability and integration into the local community of the international degree students of Seinäjoki UAS. Offering support for the local companies/organizations in order to support their interest into international recruitments, incl. work placements.
    Financing: European Regional Development Fund through the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia 
    Contact: Project Manager Maria Loukola, maria.loukola(a)seamk.fi 
    Project website: www.seamk.fi/work (in English) and www.seamk.fi/kv-osaajia (in Finnish)
  • International Marketing Management Game (Markstrat)
    Coordinator: University form the Netherlands
    Period: 2010-2011
    Partners: Dukenet Network
    Objectives: Two weeks intensive course for the business students. Core content of the course is strategic management in marketing. Simulation, international team-working and intercultural communication is used as learning method.
    Financing: Former ERASMUS financing, continuing by self-financing
    Contact: sirkku.rantalainen@seamk.fi, ritva.leppanen@seamk.fi - See more at: http://www.seamk.fi/en/Research--Development/Projects/International-Projects?siteid=44#sthash.uDi9hiWP.dpuf
    Coordinator: University form the Netherlands
    Period: 2010-2011
    Partners: Dukenet Network
    Objectives: Two weeks intensive course for the business students. Core content of the course is strategic management in marketing. Simulation, international team-working and intercultural communication is used as learning method.
    Financing: Former ERASMUS financing, continuing by self-financing
    Contact: sirkku.rantalainen(a)seamk.fi, ritva.leppanen(a)seamk.fi
  • University Cooperation with Business and Services
    Coordinator: Satakunta UAS
    Period: 2010-2011
    Partners: Partners come from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Estonia.
    Objectives: To increase Nordic co-operation in Higher education in business studies and Health Care and Social Work studies.
    Financing: Nordplus Higher Education Programme
    Contact: ritva.leppanen(a)seamk.fi, helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi
  • Collaboration in Nursing between Finland, Sweden, Norway and Estonia
    Coordinator: Seinäjoki UAS
    Period: 2010-2011
    Partners: HEIs from Sweden, Norway and Estonia, partners also from the working life.
    Objectives: To develope nursing education in higher education.
    Financing: Nordplus Higher Education Programme
    Contact:
    marjut.nummela(a)seamk.fi
  • Joint Physiotherapy Education in Bachelor Thesis module
    Coordinator: Lahti UAS
    Period: 2010-2011
    Partners: 15 partners from the Scandinavian countries and Baltic States.
    Objectives: NorNePtE (Nordic Network of Physiotherapy Education) was grounded in 2006, aim is to develope physiotherapy education and clinical practice.
    Financing: Nordplus Higher Education Programme
    Contact: merja.finne(a)seamk.fi
  • West Finland HEInet FIRST- Finnish-Russia Student Exchange Programme
    Coordinator: Seinäjoki UAS
    Period: 2010-2012
    Partners: In the West Finland HEInet there are seven Universities and UASs from Western Finland and 16 Universities from Russia.
    Objectives: Student and teacher mobility and intensive course in St. Petersburg once in a year.
    Financing: FIRST Programme (CIMO), financing 80.600 €
    Contact: marjo.arola(a)seamk.fi, helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi, essi.korkiakoski(a)seamk.fi
  • SoTe FIRST Network – Finnish-Russia Student Exchange Programme in Health Care and Social Work
    Coordinator: HAMK
    Period: 2010-2012
    Partners: Nine Finnish UASs and their faculties of Health Care and Social Work and Universities from Russia.
    Objectives: Student and teacher mobility and intensive course in St. Petersburg once in a year.
    Financing: FIRST Programme (CIMO)
    Contact: helena.jarvi(a)seamk.fi
  • Health Africa NSS Project
    Coordinator: Seinäjoki UAS (Administrative Coordinator), Central Ostrobothnia UAS (Academic
    Coordinator)
    Period: 2009-2013
    Partners: Nine Finnish UASs and International Health Science University from Uganda and Maseno University from Kenya.
    Objectives: Student and teacher mobility, intensive course in South once in a year (special theme every year), network meetings.
    Financing: North-South-South Programme (CIMO). Financing 154.000 €.
    Contact: helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi, essi.korkiakoski(a)seamk.fi, merja.seppala(a)cou.fi
  • Family Health and Wellbeing NSS Project
    Coordinator: HAMK
    Period: 2011-2013
    Partners: Seinäjoki UAS, HAMK, Lahti and Laurea UASs from Finland, partner Universities
    from Vietnam and Nepal.
    Objectives: Student and teacher mobility, intensive course in South once in a year, network meetings. Aims is to develop family health and wellbeing.
    Financing: North-South-South Programme (CIMO). Financing 106.000 €.
    Contact: asta.heikkila(a)seamk.fi, helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi
  • Enhancing Life-long learning for the electrical and information engineering community
    Coordinator: Partner University in France.
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: Thematical Network in Europe.
    Objectives: Intensive course once in a year for the engineering students in some European country.
    Financing: ERASMUS Programme
    Contact: petteri.makela(a)seamk.fi; tapio.pihlajaniemi(a)seamk.fi
  • The Intensive Programe on Embedded and Ambient Intellingence – IPEAI
    Project num: DE-2008-ERA/MOBIP-ZuV-29918-1-13
    Coordinator: University of Kiel,Germany.
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: Seinäjoki UAS (Finland), University Aveiro (Portugal) and other partner universities
    from Europe.
    Objectives: Intensive course once in a year for the computer science students in some European country.
    Financing: Erasmus Programme for the IPs.
    Contact: petteri.makela(a)seamk.fi; tapio.pihlajaniemi(a)seamk.fi
  • ISTAR-DOT: building a new business game embracing all entrepreneurship competences
    Project num: BE 0409.667.028
    Coordinator: Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen (Belgium)
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: Seinäjoki UAS (Finland) BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia), Hogeschool Utrecht (Netherlands), Frederik University Cyprus (Cyprus), ESCS - Escola Superior de Comunicação Social (Portugal), PirkanmaaUAS(Finland), Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (Belgium), Katholieke Hogeschool Mechelen(Belgium), Szolnok University College (Hungary)
    Objectives: The main deliverable is to develop, implement and integrate (in the curricula of all partners) a new business game for Business and ICT –students of partner universities.
    Financing: Erasmus Programme for the IPs.
    Contact: tapio.pihlajaniemi(a)seamk.fi, ritva.leppanen(a)seamk.fi
  • CCCI - Creating care compentence for immigrant
    Project num: 16943/D9ER
    Coordinator: Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: Seinäjoki UAS (Finland), TurkuUAS (Finland), Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen (Belgium), Hogeschool Zeeland (Netherlands)
    Financing: Erasmus Programme for the IPs
    Contact: helinä.mesiäislehto-soukka(a)seamk.fi
  • INVEST- Innovation, New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Social Work Teaching
    Project num: LLP-ERA-IP-2009-LT-0266
    Coordinator: Vilnius University, Lithuania
    Period: 2010-2011
    Partners:
    Seinäjoki UAS (Finland), Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen (Belgium), Pärnu College of Tartu University (Estonia), Evangelische Hohschule für Soziale Arbeit Dresden (Germany), Hochschule für Angenwandte Wissenschaften (Germany), Fachhochschule Coburg (Germany), Universita degli studi di Trento (Italy)
    Objectives: The aim of the project is to design and implement new module of entrepreneurship competence in social work field on European level by applying advanced interdisciplinary teaching and communication methods.
    Financing: Erasmus Programme for the IPs
    Contact: marja-liisa.saariaho(a)seamk.fi
  • Functional Foods: Science, Engineering and Myths
    Project num: 2009-1-TR1-ERA10-08062
    Coordinator: Gaziomanpasa University, Turkey
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: SeinäjokiUAS (Finland), Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen (Belgium)and Instituto Politechniko de Coimbra (Portugal)
    Financing: Erasmus Programme for the IPs.
    Contact: tapio.pihlajaniemi(a)seamk.fi
  • European Language Portfolio on student's journey through studies into Professional Life ELPiPL
    Coordinator: Haaga-Helia UAS
    Project num: 143494-2008-LLP-FI-KA2-KA2MP
    Period: 2009-2010
    Partners: Seinäjoki UAS, Ylöjärvi high school (FI); Hanze Hogeschool Groningen (NL); Högskolan Dalarna (SE); Kauno Kolegija (LT); Wyzsza Szkola Ekonomii i Administracji z siedziba w Bytomiu / Silesian College of Economics and Administration in Bytom (PL)
    Financing: Erasmus Programme
    Contact: heli.simon(a)seamk.fi

Research, development and innovation

  • Health in the Village Development Project
    Coordinator: Health Africa Development Cooperation Organisation HADCO
    Period: 2006-2011
    Partners: Nine UASs and their faculties of Health Care and Social Work from Finland, Public Health Nurses` College and Ministry of Education and Culture from Uganda, also other institutions from Uganda participate in the implementation of the project.
    Objectives: To develope public health nurse education, primary and community health care and occupational health care as well as health and wellbeing in the villages. Co-operation and development work in Uganda started in 1995 by the Finnish UASs. Financing from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been available in 2001-2011.
    Financing: The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, financing around 350.000 €.
    Contact: helina.mesiaislehto-soukka(a)seamk.fi, helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi
  • Regions of Culture (CURB) Project
    Project num: 2008-2253/001-001
    Coordinator: Region of Cornwall in Great Britain
    Period: 2008-2011
    Partners: Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia from Finland, Seinäjoki UAS as a sub-partner, partners also from Poland.
    Objectives: To develope a model for the nomination of the European Regions of Culture.
    Financing: European Union Culture 2007 Programme
    Contact: jussi.kareinen(a)seamk.fi, carita.laitala(a)etela-pohjanmaa.fi
  • Development of Care Programme / Educational Tool for Improvement of Independence in Activities of Daily Living in over 65 with Mild Care Assistance
    Coordinator: Prof. Shimanouchi, International University of Health and Welfare, Japan.
    Period: 2008-2011
    Partners: Seinäjoki UAS, University from Japan and from south-Korea
    Objectives: To make a survey about the effectiveness of the self-education programme for the elderly people living independently at home. Target group in Finland is the home care customers over 65-year-old in the City of Seinäjoki.
    Financing: Japanese Ministry of Education
    Contact: helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi, aila.vallejo-medina(a)seamk.fi, jaakko.kontturi(a)seinajoki.fi
  • ICT for Health – Strengthening social capacities for the utilisation of eHealth technologies in the framework of ageing population
    Coordinator: Fachhochschule Flensburg (DE)
    Period: 2010-2013
    Partners: More than 20 partners from the Baltic Sea Region States, Universities, Regional Councils and Administrators, Hospitals and other Institutions. From Finland the partners are Seinäjoki UAS, South Ostrobothnia Hospital District and South Ostrobothnia Regional Council.
    Objectives: To develope the knowledge and utilization of eHealth among health care professionals and citizens who have long-term illnesses in co-operation between the Baltic Sea Regions.
    Financing: Total budget is 3.65 million euro. Financing comes from the European Union Interreg
    IV B Programme.
    Contact: helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi, asta.heikkila(a)seamk.fi, sami.perala(a)eptek.fi,
    jaakko.hallila(a)etela-pohjanmaa.fi
  • Egoprise (E-Government solutions as instruments to qualify the public sector for the spesific needs of small and medium sized enterPRISEs (SMEs) in the rural BSR
    Coordinator: e-Government Association Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (DE)
    Period: 2010-2013
    Partners: In total 22 partners from the Baltic Sea Region States. Partners from Finland are Seinäjoki UAS, South Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce, Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia and Center for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.
    Objectives: To develope E-Governance especially for the needs of SMEs and rural areas, in this
    way it would be possible to increase the attractiveness of rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region.
    Financing: Total budget of the project is 2,55 million euro. Financing comes from the European
    Union Interreg IV B Programme.
    Contact: anu.nurmela(a)seamk.fi
  • Preventive Home Care Visits
    Coordinator: Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan
    Period: 2010-2011
    Partners: TMDU, Seinäjoki UAS, City of Seinäjoki, City of Kauhava
    Objectives: To study the effectiveness of preventive home care visits and develope a model for the
    preventive home care visits.
    Contact: asta.heikkila(a)seamk.fi, aila.vallejo.medina(a)seamk.fi, helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi
  • BIOMASFOR bioenrgy project in the County of Trento
    Coordinator: Italy
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: Italy, Austria, Germany and Seinäjoki UAS from Finland
    Financing: CARITRO
    Contact: antti.pasila(a)seamk.fi, risto.lauhanen(a)seamk.fi
  • Decipher: Development and Export of Cultural Initiatives for the Promotion & Harmonisation of Employer-led Resources
    Coordinator: Regional Language Networks Yorks and Humber (UK)
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: East of England Development agency (UK), Regional Language Networks Yorks and Humber (UK), Agence de Développement Industrielle de Trégor (FR), Université Catholique de l'Ouest Bretagne Nord (FR), Universidad de Zaragoza (ES); Seinäjoki UAS (FI), Mainstreaming Organisation (I)
    Financing: Leonardo da Vinci / Lifelong Learning Programme, 399.975 €
    Contact: heli.simon(a)seamk.fi
  • Cumbre Mundial del Tango 2011
    Coordinator: City of Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki UAS, Seinäjoki Tango Festival
    Period: 2009-2011
    Partners: Cumbres Mundiales del Tango organization in Spain
    Financing: Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland, Cultural Fund of South Ostrobothnia
    Contact: julio.vallejo(a)seamk.fi, helli.kitinoja(a)seamk.fi
  • Snowball to Better Business – ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneurs
    Coordinator: Seinäjoki Joint Municipal Authority for Education
    Period: 2011-2012
    Partners: Regional Organization of Entrepreneurs in Southostrobothnia, Chamber of Commerce in Southostrobothnia, Foodwest Oy, Business Service Center of Seinäjoki Region, European Network
    Objectives: To facilitate a successful start-up and development of 40 new SMEs including those having experienced generation change in the following sectors: a) wellbeing, b) food and agriculture; c) tourism; and d) sustainable energy by receiving training and coaching on real business scenarios in EU member states especially Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and to support capacity building of NEs from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovania, Slovakia and Hungary by engaging 10 experienced HEs in Southostrobothnia. To provide employment opportunities for the younger generation by starting-up new companies or employing graduates from vocational and higher educational institutions in SMEs.
    Financing: Erasmus Programme, 143.908 €
    Contact: anne-maria.makela(a)seamk.fi
  • InForm
    Coordinator: Sanicademia (Austria)
    Period: 1.10.2008-30.11.2011.
    Partners: Seinäjoki UAS and other Health Care organisations in Bulgaria, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Norway, Slovenia, Finland and Hungary.
    Objectives: Prevention of the overweight of children and adolescents.
    Financing: European Commission Programme
    Contact: annu.peltoniemi(a)seamk.fi
  • Entrepreneurship training and incubator management
    Coordinator: European partner university
    Period: 2010-2012
    Partners: European partner universities
    Objectives: To develop knowledge and skills in entrepreneurship and business.
    Financing: Leonardo da Vinci / Lifelong Learning Programme, financing 124.000 €
    Contact: kirsti.sorama(a)seamk.fi

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