11th Finnish Russian Seminar for Higher Education Cooperation “Creating a New Story”

December 11-12, 2017
Saimaa UAS, Lappeenranta


More detailed programme to be announced soon. The organisers reserve the right for amendments of the programme.

MONDAY 11.12.2017

10:00 Pre-seminar Workshop
Introduction to Higher Education Cooperation between Finland and Russia
The session offers basic information on internationalisation of higher education for those colleagues from Russia and Finland, who have recently started working within higher education international affairs and specifically in the Finnish-Russian framework.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a general overview of current cooperation between Finland and Russia as well as basic information on funding instruments available. In addition, the workshop offers a platform for networking and sharing best practices with experienced colleagues.

Tuija Koponen, Head of International Office, University of Jyväskylä
Mari Leino, Planning Officer, University of Turku

Russian-Finnish Life Sciences Center –– new stage of SPCPA cooperation with Finnish partners
Dr.G.Rozhkov, International Projects Coordinator, St Petersburg State Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy (SPCPA)

12:30 LUNCH
13:30 Welcoming Words
Anneli Pirttilä, Rector, Saimaa University of Applied Sciences and Dmitry Vasilenko, Vice-rector of International relations, UNECON/ Vice Chair, AVRIR

Panel Discussion: Current Trends Reflecting Higher Education Cooperation
Panel chair: Juha Ketolainen, Counsellor of Education - Head of Unit, Finnish National Agency for Education
Merja Kuokkanen, Coordinator, University of Eastern Finland
Representative from a Russian HEI (TBA)
14:30 Steps for Future: Deepening of the Cooperation
Markku Kangaspuro, Deputy Director, Aleksanteri Institute
The Northern Europe and Russia establish the area in which consist of one of the world’s best educated population. There is located a huge concentration of higher education institutions, their students, teachers and researchers. The foreseeable development of increased role of knowledge based societies and economic models, digitalisation as one example of that, underlines the demand of wide higher education of population, cutting-edge research in different disciplines, highly skilled and competitive workforce. In our time there is burning demand of ethos in which decision making process is based on well grounded knowledge and high intellectual capacity of decision makers and population. As much as climate change or socially and ecologically sustainable economy are international challenges of humankind, science and knowledge are international by nature. Proper facilitation of Russian-Finnish cooperation is a part of that international cooperation in which partners complement each other, their cooperation release new intellectual resources and creativity and at the best it leads to qualitatively new outcomes. In addressing to that challenge is the next step to the future.
15:45 New Forms of Cooperation – Creating a New Story

Critical success factors of International Strategic Partnership
Kati Tanninen, Dean Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality, Saimaa UAS

University cooperation in digital world: challenges, forms and perspectives.
Andrey Alexankov, Director, Institute of International Education, UNECON

Maria A. Kiseleva, Head of International Academic Mobility Department, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University "LETI"
Janne Hokkanen, Director for study and international Affairs
Andrey Alexankov, Director, Institute of International
Kati Tanninen, Dean (Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality), Saimaa UAS
17:00 End of Day 1
17:15 Bus transfer to City centre
19:00 Reception / Get-together Dinner at Kehruuhuone (Kristiinankatu 2, Lappeenranta)

TUESDAY 12.12.2017

8:15 Bus Transfer from the City centre to the Saimaa UAS Campus
9:00 Rise & Shine & Network!
Join this matchmaking session to meet and network with development-minded people from business and science worlds. Choose three topics that challenge you and your organization, and get connected while enjoying morning refreshments. The session offers fast meetings as well as more in-depth sessions for further discussions.
Facilitator Kirsi Viskari, Dean (Fine Arts and Technology), Saimaa UAS
10:30 Understanding the Value of Cooperation
Latest research on higher education international cooperation (focus: FIN and RUS)
Representatives of Russian higher education institutions

EDUNEIGHBOURS: Research project on Finnish-Russian double degree programmes
Sirke Mäkinen, D. Soc. Sc., University Researcher, University of Tampere, PI
Svetlana Shenderova, D. Econ. Sc., Researcher, University of Tampere

Results of the evaluation of CIMO’s Russia activities
Ira Jänis-Isokangas, Head of Research Training, Aleksanteri Institute

The Baltic Science Network,
Dmitry Vasilenko, Vice-rector of International relations, UNECON
11:30 BREAK
11:45 New Generation and New Challenges! How to navigate towards mutual understanding?
Students’ voice and Universities’ reactions
Chair: Maija Airas, Counsellor of Education, Finnish National Agency for Education
Fatim Diarra, SYL - National Union of University Students in Finland
Alexander Nizov, President of the Student Council of St. Petersburg (TBC)
12:45 Closing words
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 Coordinators’ meeting for FIRST+ networks