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International Activities

Internationalisation is one of the priorities at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK). Student and staff exchanges are actively promoted, and a social programme is arranged for international students throughout the academic year. Yearly around 150 visiting professors and lecturers from the partner institutions come to SeAMK. Academic exchange works on the basis of reciprocity.

International Events

  • SeAMK International Week: Sustainability and Digitalization in Higher Education

    Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences is proud to host SeAMK Virtual International Week: Sustainability and Digitalization in Higher Education in February 2021.

    SeAMK cordially welcomes You and Your colleagues to join our

    Virtual International Week in February 2021!

    Sustainability and digitalization in higher education are the two themes of our Virtual International Week at SeAMK in February 2021 – Join us Online!

    SeAMK International Week offers opportunities to work on these topics but also opportunities to teach, have workshops and meetings in different fields of education and research which are based on the traditional cooperation fields and common interests between SeAMK and the international partner institution.

    The International Week includes opportunities for teaching, workshops and meetings in all Schools of SeAMK:

    • School of Business and Culture
    • School of Food and Agriculture
    • School of Social Work and Health Care
    • School of Technology.

    Participants can sign up for the sessions and activities according to their interests and schedules.

    Registration

    Please register through this link: https://webropol.com/s/iw2021 by 15 January 2021.

    Preliminary Programme

    all times in Finnish time (CET +1 / UTC+2)

    Please find a printable programme from here: Printable IW2021 programme

    Monday, 15th February 2021

    Sustainability at HEIs

    1.00 pm Welcome, Practical Information, Music and Virtual Tours

    1.30 pm Internationalization as Part of SeAMK’s Strategy and Operations
    Dr Jaakko Hallila, President, SeAMK

    2.00 pm Sustainability and Digitalization in Erasmus+ 2021-2027
    Ms. Ioana Dewandeler, Team Leader Erasmus+ Policy and Programming, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission
    Mr. Jose Manuel Fernandez Arroyo, Head of Sector Erasmus+ Coordination, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission

    2.30 pm Virtual Coffee Break and real Finnish Chocolate

    3.00 pm HEIs and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Juha Ketolainen, Director, International Affairs, The Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI

    3.30 pm Enhancing the Capacity  of HEIs in Sustainability and Circular Economy
     – Circular Economy in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences
    Dr Kari Laasasenaho, SeAMK School of Food and Agriculture
    – Green Universities – Efforts and Ideas
    Dr Dario Liberona, SeAMK School of Business and Culture

    4 pm UK Pedagogical Experiment to innovate HE Digital Teaching
    Dr Federico Farini, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Northampton Applied Social Sciences and Sociology
    Ms. Angela Scollan, Middlesex University in London

    4.30 pm Sustainability and Digitalization in Education and RDI at the Tallinn University of Technology
    Dr Tauno Otto, Professor, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech)

    4.50 – 5 pm Closing of the Day

    Tuesday, 16th February 2021

    Digital Europe and HEIs

    1.00 pm RDI at SeAMK and Future Collaboration Opportunities
    Dr Elina Varamäki, Vice President
    Ms Anne-Maria Mäkelä, Senior Advisor in International RDI

    1.15 pm Digital Europe – Role of HEIs
    Silvia Merisio, Directorate General Connect, European Commission

    Digitalization and Future Technologies in SeAMK’s Education and RDI

    1.30 pm Digitalization and Growth of SMEs
    Dr Sanna Joensuu-Salo, SeAMK School of Business and Culture

    2 pm Digitalization in Health Care
    Dr Merja Hoffren-Mikkola and Dr Pedro Moreno Sánchez, SeAMK School of Health Care and Social Work

    2.30 pm  Digital Factory
    Dr Juha Hirvonen, SeAMK School of Technology

    3.00 pm Virtual Coffee Break

    3.30 pm Future Vehicle Technologies
    Dr Pasi Junell, SeAMK School of Technology

    4.00 pm Sustainability and Food Safety 
    Dr Gun Wirtanen, SeAMK School of Food and Agriculture

    4.30 – 5 pm Virtual Networking  and Presenting Schools and Teams at SeAMK

    Wednesday, 17 February 2021

    10 –10.30 am Sensing Technology for Dementia Care Support
    A lecture by Wenwei Yu (PhD, MD), School of Engineering, Chiba University

    2 – 3 pm Workshop: Virtual Mobility
    Workshop presentation: New M – exploring virtual mobility
    Kaija-Liisa Kivimäki & Saija Råtts

    3 – 4 pm Workshop: Language Teaching Project “KiVAKO”

    2 – 4 pm RDI in Sustainability and Digitalization at Partner HEIs
    2 – 2.30 pm Tourism Skills Gaps in the Field of Digital, Sustainable and Social Skills
    Dr Corne Dijkmans, Manager Research & Business Innovation, Academy for Tourism, Breda University of Applied Sciences
    2.30 – 3 pm  Smart Sensors 4 Agri-Food – Thematic Smart Specialization Partnership for Ecosystem Development, Interregional Collaboration and RDI
    Mr Simon Maas,  Chair of Smart Sensors 4 Agri-Food and Project Manager at AgriFood Capital
    Mrs Veerle Rijckaert, Coordinator of the Established Office of Smart Sensors 4 Agri-Food and Business Development & Internationalization Manager at Flanders’ FOOD
    3 – 3.30 pm COST Action ‘International Interdisciplinary Network on Smart Healthy Age-friendly Environmentsas a base for RDI Collaboration at European level
    Dr. Katja Valkama, RDI Manager at SeAMK School of Health Care and Social Works, and Member of the Management Committee of the COST Action
    3.30 – 4 pm Circular Business Competencies Building and Learning Innovations in Collaboration with Enterprises, HEIs and NGOs
    Ms. Marleena Ahonen, Specialist in Circular Economy, SITRA

     

    Thursday, 18 February 2021

    1.30 – 2 pm European Universities Enhancing HEI Collaboration
    Ms. Julie Anderson, Policy Officer Erasmus+ Higher Education, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission

    2 – 3.30 pm Workshop: Joint Interests and Collaboration Opportunities in Teams:
    i) Well-being Technology Supporting Transforming Societies led by Dr Katja Valkama and Dr Merja Hoffren-Mikkola
    ii) Growth Entrepreneurship and Business Transfers led by Dr Sanna Joensuu-Salo and Dr Anmari Viljamaa
    iii) Digital Manufacturing and Industrial Internet led by Dr Ari Sivula and Dr Juha Hirvonen
    iv) Food Safety led by Dr Taru Mäki and Dr Gun Wirtanen
    v) Circular Economy led by Dr Kari Laasasenaho and Ms Krista Mäki
    3.30-4.00 pm Wrap-up of the workshop sessions: each team presents the summary of the discussions (5 min per team)

    3 – 4 pm Workshop: Exchange Programmes

    Wednesday – Friday,  17-19 February 2021

    Virtual Teaching Visits
    Lectures can be between 8 am and 4 pm. The duration of a lecture could be anything between 30 to 90 minutes according to personal schedules.

    Meetings according to personal wishes and schedules. Please mention them in the registration.

    For further information:

    SeAMK International Mobility Services Team
    e-mail: international.office(a)seamk.fi

    On behalf of SeAMK, the organisers of International Week welcome You and Your colleagues to join our Virtual International Week in February 2021!

    Marjo Arola, Tiina Ojanperä & Tiina Välimäki (International Mobility Services Team),
    Anne-Maria Mäkelä (RDI),
    Heli Simon (Language Teaching Team),
    Jussi Kareinen & Juhani Palomäki (School of Business and Culture),
    Kirta Nieminen & Anna Tall (School of Food and Agriculture),
    Terhi Haapala, Tiina Hemminki, Tiina Kohtamäki, Tua Niemelä & Tarja Svahn (School of Health Care and Social Work),
    Riikka Ala-Sankila (School of Technology).

    You can contact us by email: firstname.lastname@seamk.fi

     

  • SeAMK Virtual International Language Week

    The Virtual International Language Week 2021 takes place in the connection of Sustainability and Digitalisation International Week at SeAMK.

    SeAMK International Language Week offers opportunities to benchmark language teaching and methods,  participate in expert presentations, teach, have workshops and meetings virtually.

    Participants can sign up for the sessions, teaching and workshops according to their interests and schedules

    Registration

    Please register through this link: https://webropol.com/s/iw2021 by 15 January 2021.

    Preliminary Programme

    all times in Finnish time (CET +1 / UTC+2)

    Monday, 15th February 2021

    Sustainability at HEIs

    1.00 pm Welcome, Practical Information, Music and Virtual Tours

    1.30 pm Internationalization as Part of SeAMK’s Strategy and Operations
    Dr Jaakko Hallila, President, SeAMK

    2.00 pm Sustainability and Digitalization in Erasmus+ 2021-2027
    Ms. Ioana Dewandeler, Team Leader Erasmus+ Policy and Programming, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission
    Mr. Jose Manuel Fernandez Arroyo, Head of Sector Erasmus+ Coordination, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission

    2.30 pm Virtual Coffee Break and real Finnish Chocolate

    3.00 pm Welcome to the ILW21
    Getting to know each other
    Instant digitalisation of language teaching in the academic year 20-21 – we share experiences and lessons learned

    4.30 pm Closing of the Day 

    Tuesday, 16th February 2021

    Virtual Teaching Visits
    Lectures can be between 8 am and 4 pm. The duration of a lecture could be anything between 30 to 90 minutes according to personal schedules.

    1.00 pm RDI at SeAMK and Future Collaboration Opportunities
    Dr Elina Varamäki and Ms Anne-Maria Mäkelä

    1.15 pm Digital Europe – Role of HEIs
    Silvia Merisio, Directorate General Connect, European Commission

    3.00 pm Virtual Coffee Break 

    Benchmarking Language Teaching

    3.30– 4.30 pm Presentations by partner university representatives

    4.30 – 5 pm Virtual Networking and Presenting Schools and Teams at SeAMK

    Wednesday, 17th February 2021

    Virtual Teaching Visits
    Lectures can be between 8 am and 4 pm. The duration of a lecture can be anything between 30 to 90 minutes according to personal schedules.

    In addition, the following workshops and presentations will be organised:

    2 – 3 pm Workshop: Virtual Mobility
    Workshop presentation: New M – exploring virtual mobility
    Kaija-Liisa Kivimäki & Saija Råtts

    3 – 3.30 pm Presentation: KiVAKO Language Teaching Project
    Heli Simon   

    3.30 – 4.00 pm Presentation: E+ Strategic Partnership Project ”Critical Incidents

    4.00 – 4.30 pm The Kaleidoscope of Sustainable Virtual Conferences: The 2020 Virtual International                           Language Days at Aschaffenburg UAS/Germany as Best Practice Example
    Prof. Dr. Renate Link, Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences  

    Thursday, 18 February 2021

    1.30 – 2 pm European Universities Enhancing HEI Collaboration
    Ms. Julie Anderson, Policy Officer Erasmus+ Higher Education, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission

    2 – 5.00 pm Teaching visits
    Language classes in various schools: English, Swedish, German, Spanish, French, Finnish, Employer Branding

    Friday, 19 February 2021

    Teaching visits.

    Wednesday – Friday,  17-19 February 2021

    Meetings according to personal wishes and schedules. Please mention them in the registration.

     

    On behalf of SeAMK, the organisers of International Week welcome You and Your colleagues to join our Virtual International Week in February 2021!

    Marjo Arola, Tiina Ojanperä & Tiina Välimäki (International Mobility Services Team),
    Anne-Maria Mäkelä (RDI),
    Heli Simon (Language Teaching Team),
    Jussi Kareinen & Juhani Palomäki (School of Business and Culture),
    Kirta Nieminen & Anna Tall (School of Food and Agriculture),
    Terhi Haapala, Tiina Hemminki, Tiina Kohtamäki, Tua Niemelä & Tarja Svahn (School of Health Care and Social Work),
    Riikka Ala-Sankila (School of Technology).

    You can contact us by email: firstname.lastname@seamk.fi

     

Partner Universities around the World

SeAMK has about 160 partner universities in Europe and 40 on other continents. Many international research and development projects are being carried on in cooperation with working life, and SeAMK organises international conferences and seminars on a regular basis.

International Programmes

There are four degree programmes taught entirely in English:

In addition, programmes for exchange students and some other study modules are offered in English in all faculties. Also double degree programmes in the fields of business and engineering are arranged with partner universities in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, China, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia and Spain.

International Projects

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

SeAMK 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.