Friday, 31 July 2009

Research Report compares R&D activities of European UAS

Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences (PIRAMK) has published a research report on a comparative benchmarking study made by TAMK, Pirkanmaa, Seinäjoki and Novia universities of applied scinces (UAS) about the conditions of R&D activities of the UAS in Finland, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

"In higher education research and development activities play an important role as a basis for education and also as a tool for innovations and developing work practices. Within the universitiesof applied sciences research and development focuses on regional economic and service development. In the Finnish higher educational system universities of applied sciences were established in the 1990’s. The two main, interlinked tasks assigned for them were education and regional development. Each of the higher education institutes have designed their own way of fulfillingthese tasks answering to the needs of the region." says Editor-in-chief Ulla-Maija Koivula in the foreword of the publication.

The report compares the organisation and the funding of the R&D activities, how R&D is integrated into education and learning, and how R&D is linked with the regional and economical development. The report also includes examples of R&D projects in the UAS involved. The report is concluded with an analysis and comparison of best practicies and challenges of R&D.

The European UAS benchmarked in this project are Fontys University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), Provenciale Hogeschool Limburg (Belgium) and Fachhochschule Dortmund (Germany).

For further information, read the article by science journalist Kalle Heiska

Read the research report (in English)

Pictured: Research Director Perttu Heino of TAMK (right) and Principal Lecturer Ulla-Maija Koivula of PIRAMK. TAMK and PIRAMK will merge 1.1.2010.
Photo: Kalle Heiska

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