Project presentations

The latter half of the year 2015 saw a start for ten new projects for TUAS.


Earning Logic and Models for Artists (TaideART)

The importance of creative industries has been clearly emphasised during the contemporary economic transition. Using the knowledge, products and services provided by creative industries has become a significant competitive factor in many fields of business. Art making and creative processes are not directly linked to the skills required when one wants to productise and market one’s art, or apply functioning models and practices. However, these skills are an essential prerequisite for success in the field of fine arts, but they can be acquired only after the basic artistic skills have been assumed. Earning Logic and Models for Artists (TaideART) is a joint project of six Finnish universities of applied sciences. During the project, the partners will develop and pilot various ways of making successful business models and products out of artistic work. The pilots will be executed in cooperation with working life, involving businesses, municipalities and NGOs, and with different branches of art.


  • Project duration: 1.11.2015–31.10.2015
  • Source of funding: European Social Fund (ESF)
  • Lead partner: TUAS



The FISS Southwest Finland project will put the FISS approach (Finnish Industrial Symbiosis System), developed by Sitra and Motiva, into practice in the region. This project will act as a regional starter for the efficient national and European approach. The FISS project aims to speed up the formation of industrial symbioses both in the Southwest Finland region and the rest of Finland. The target is to help businesses and other stakeholders to intensify mutual resource utilisation and the closing of material circles, as well as creating new businesses based on circular economy. The operations created during the project will be maintained as a part of everyday actions in the project co-partner organisations even after the project has ended. The FISS Southwest Finland project will concretely exhibit the circular economy potential of the region. In addition, the saving potential of resource efficient business will be enlightened with the help of concrete numbers and indicators as well as success stories produced by the project.


  • Project duration: 1.09.2015–31.12.2016
  • Source of funding: European Regional Development Fund
  • Lead partner: TUAS


In Public, In Particular (IPIP)

IPIP aims to develop and promote participatory art methods and situation specific art among European audiences in a way that benefits both artists and participants internationally. The project activities are carried through by artists and art students in international cooperation with street actors and the public of four European streets. Each partner (from Belgium, Croatia, Finland and Ireland) has chosen a special street in their city and will focus on the people, services, history and phenomena of those streets. IPIP will produce a series of situation specific art actions and street happenings in each participating city. The artworks, their creative processes and producers are documented in photos and videos and they, along with process descriptions of some selected artworks, are presented on the web page, social media and in project publications.


  • Project duration: 1.10.2015–31.12.2018
  • Source of funding: Creative Europe
  • Coordinator: TUAS


Health Technology as an Area of Business (TELI)

The aim of the project is to improve the competitiveness of Finnish enterprises active in the health technology industry. The aim of improving the business capabilities and competitiveness of the Finnish health technology industry will be reached through: 1) Ensuring the prognostication and interpretation of the effects of the amendments to the ISO 13485 standard, and the examination of the deployment of the amendments in enterprises. 2) Analysis of problem areas and the effects of industry-specific requirements on the innovation, commercialisation, sales and post-sales activities in health technology enterprises through an industry-wide national research, 3) Case descriptions and value chain analysis, 4) The development of commercialisation, internationalisation and partnership scenarios and 5) Agile dissemination of the research results in order to enable the enterprises to start implementing them in their business on operative as well as strategic levels. The enterprises will be involved in the research process already from the beginning of the project.


  • Project duration: 1.9.2015–31.5.2017
  • Source of funding: INKA, European Regional Development Fund
  • Lead partner: TUAS



The overall aim of the INDOPED project is to raise the teaching capacity of Indonesian University teachers thus that they will be enabled to bring their Higher Education to the European standard. The teachers should be able to compete in the league of World Class Universities, as Indonesian University rectors have written in their objective agreements with the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education. The quality of teaching is considered the major factor in moving towards modern and competitive higher education. The project coalition sees the teacher’s role as more like a mentor and facilitator of learning, and not a teacher in the traditional sense. Furthermore, active University–enterprise cooperation is the key for more efficient as well as cost-effective higher education. During the INDOPED project, European active learning practices will be tested. The most valuable ones will be embedded into the structures of Indonesian partner universities. Effective dissemination will make the results available for Universities ASEAN wide.


  • Project duration: 15.10.2015–30.09.2018
  • Source of funding: Erasmus+ (Capacity Building in Higher Education)
  • Coordinator: TUAS


INTOKE - Developing the Competence and Know-How of Building Information Modeling in the Field of Infrastructural Technology

The construction industry is facing a large and substantial change when moving from paper-based drawings to computer-based planning using information modelling. The main goal of this project is to create regional knowledge networks for infrastructural construction technology, and thus to create a sustainable operational model utilising information model based operations in Southwest Finland. The project aims at improving information modelling know-how and concretising the benefits of this know-how for the whole life cycle of infrastructural construction. It also aims at developing new co-operation models between the organisations and creating competitive advantage for them. The ultimate goal of this project is to guarantee that SMEs in this field can function and prosper also in the future.


  • Project duration: 1.9.2015–31.12.2017
  • Source of funding European Social Fund
  • Lead partner: TUAS


Moving towards Multiprofessional Work

MOMU aims to support multiprofessional working and training of HE lecturers by providing new perspectives on the cooperation between different study fields leading to fruitful cooperation, also with working life. The project provides lecturers and students with critical awareness about the specific knowhow in the field of multiprofessional teamwork in art and social work, particularly at the interface between these two fields.  Lecturers of social work and art need to develop their own skills to answer to the needs of the changing professional roles and the transformation of the teacher profession. In order to be competent, to be able to educate professionals and answer the needs of working life, the lecturers need to modify their traditional way of thinking about, for example, education aimed at one specific profession, while also acknowledging their role in building students’ multiprofessional competences.


  • Project duration: 1.9.2015–30.8.2017
  • Source of Funding: Erasmus+ (Strategic Partnerships)
  • Coordinator: TUAS


REGI Reacting to Growing Immigration

By the end of year 2014 more than 48 000 Estonian citizens were living permanently in Finland. Adding unregistered and weekly work migrants, the number of Estonians living in Finland might add up to 100 000. This is almost as much as in Estonia’s second largest town Tartu. Mostly Estonians move to Finland for work-related reasons. This tendency grew eminently after Estonia joined the European Union in 2004, which enabled the free movement of work force. Rapid changes have caused difficult challenges for people and social systems both in Finland and in Estonia. The goal of the REGI project is to give a contribution to solving problems and challenges related to work migration. During the project, social work professionals, students and volunteers together with the actual target group will develop solutions best suitable for supporting the families of Estonian work migrants in Finland and ways to solve the related problems.


  • Project duration: 1.9.2015–31.8.2017
  • Source of funding: Central Baltic IVA
  • Lead partner: TUAS


Textile recycling innovation platform

TUAS and the cooperating partners have started a textile recycling innovation project. In the pilot project the aim is to test the collecting, transport, sorting and recycling of textiles. This will give great insights into the challenges, opportunities and new business models for textile recycling.


  • Project duration: 1.12.2015–31.12.2016
  • Source of funding: Sitra, Ekokem, LSJH, City of Turku



Reducing nutrients’ and hazardous substances’ inflows to the Baltic Sea is a complex task that requires tailor made strategies and actions implemented at the grass root level. The WATERCHAIN project supports several levels of actions. The project will help to reduce inflows of nutrients and hazardous substances to the Baltic Sea from all types of land-based sources in cooperation with both project partners and beneficiaries, such as local people residing in the area and tourists visiting the region. The main actions are carried out in the pilot watersheds in each partner country with practical actions targeted to maximise sustainable impact. WATERCHAIN will engage many actors, and best practices will be launched also in other geographical areas within the Central Baltic region and even in other countries around the Baltic Sea. The project results will have a direct impact on the quality of the living environment, especially in the pilot watersheds. As a whole, the results will increase the competitiveness and economic sustainability of all Central Baltic countries.


  • Project duration: 1.10.2015–30.9.2018
  • Source of funding: Central Baltic IVA
  • Lead partner: Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

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