Development project 2020-2022

Developing international bioeconomy competence in Eastern Finland by working life oriented continuous learning (Join-Bioerko)

This project aims to improve the offerings of the universities in continuous learning in the growing bioeconomy sector
and to develop working life orientation of the education, both pedagogically and in terms of substance.

The main objectives are:

  • to develop training in Bioeconomy specialization studies and other forms of continuous learning for the
    needs of the region’s working life;
  • creation and facilitation of a development network in bioeconomy (Bioneer) and
    linking of this network with existing clusters and education and training;
  • increasing the internationalization of education and business cooperation through piloting of educations for export in the bioeconomy and continuous learning.

During the project, a new curriculum for Bioeconomy specialization studies will be introduced and piloted. In addition,
other forms of continuous learning studies will be designed and piloted, in order to better tailor the studies and to
improve the readiness to provide advanced training through university collaboration. In addition, the project will
develop an operating model for building a mentor network and a challenge bank, as well as clarifying the prerequisites
and boundary conditions for continuing operations. In connection with this, for example, hackathon or round table
events will be organized to spar and develop ideas, and a commitment and reward model will be developed, for
example, for mentoring. The international impact is mainly achieved through piloting of education export. Various
forms of cooperation are piloted for one or more locations (South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Nordic countries).
Bioeconomy specialisation studies are closely linked to the R&D&I work with companies, which is carried out to
develop innovation ecosystems in Eastern Finland. In Northern Savo, bioeconomy is one of the eight R&D&I focus
areas and forest bioeconomy is a strong cluster in Northern Karelia. Education strengthens the development of local
and national bioeconomy clusters, which in turn improves the integration for example in EU Horizon projects.

As a result, the Bioeconomy specialization studies implemented jointly by UEF, Karelia and Savonia will evolve and
better meet the needs of working life. The brand of higher education in bioeconomy in Eastern Finland develops and
encompasses the provision of continuous learning beyond specialization training. The region has a well-developed
network supporting bioeconomy education and R&D. Mentoring in this network works, for example, as a means of
communication between universities and business. As a result of piloting of education export, the most attractive
export products for the bioeconomy are identified and an operating model for collecting feedback of education exports
is created.

Duration: 01.08.2020-31.12.2022

Funding: European social fund

European Union, European Social Fund -logotype
Leverage from the EU -logotype
Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment -logotype.
Ministry of Education and Culture -logotype.