RDI and Structural Development

The Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) is preparing a structural analysis of the RDI activities and strengths of the Finnish universities of applied sciences (UAS). This analysis constitutes a follow-up to a previous report on the general structural development with the UAS sector, published in 2015. The Work started in september 2016. The final report will be published in March 2017. 

The goal of this analysis is to highlight the vital importance of the universities of applied sciences’ RDI activities in fulfilling their role regionally, nationally, and internationally. To achieve this goal, the report will present an overview of the RDI activities at UASs, displaying their strengths, working methods, and societal and scientific impact. Additionally, the report will contain policy recommendations for future strategic actions to be taken in developing these activities.

The conclusion of analysis is that RDI activities of UAS are vital part of Finnish research and innovation system. It has strenghts in practical aspects and high knowledge. There are effective structures and innovation ecosystems in RDI, which are needed to utilise better in Finnish system.

Working Group:
Chairman, Rector Petri Raivo, Karelia UAS 
Chairman of Arene, Rector Tapio Varmola, Seinäjoki UAS
Rector Tapio Huttula, Humak UAS
Rector Outi Kallioinen, Lahti UAS
Rector Juha Kämäri, Satakunta UAS 
Rector Henrik Wolff, Arcada UAS
Research and Development Director Anne Ilvonen, Karelia UAS

Secretariat:
Executive director Riitta Rissanen, Arene
Advisor Juha Viitasaari, Arene