University Cooperation for innovation and development
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006
Objective of the project
The ultimate goal of the project was to establish a foundation for a development centre based on cooperation between businesses and universities in Northwest Russia and East Finland, as defined in the Strategy for Internationalisation of the University of Joensuu.
• Organisation of three workshop seminars • Implementation of an interview survey of the needs for R&D and cooperation with Russia interviewees including 14 SME companies and 4 business consultation organisations. • Completing a feasibility study for establishing the development centre based on the information obtained through the survey, seminars and feedback from stakeholders.
The first Finnish-Russian specialist workshop organised in Joensuu, addressed the situation of new innovation in Finland and nearby areas in Russia. The specialist seminar in St. Petersburg presented innovative models for cooperation between Finnish and Russian universities and companies. Another seminar in Joensuu was arranged as a so-called Innoshop event, which aimed at strengthening cooperation between Russian and Finnish universities, companies, and the Joensuu Science Park. At the events, relationships were established with the innovation network in Finland and Russia. In addition, networks were created between companies and university faculties both in Finland and in Russia. The project also implemented an interview survey of the needs for R&D and cooperation with Russia. The interviewees included 14 SME companies and 4 business subsidy organisations. Based on the information obtained through the survey, seminars and feedback from stakeholders, a feasibility study for establishing the development centre was completed. The study assessed the needs and abilities of industry and the Joensuu region to establish a development centre which would support their cooperation in Northwest Russia, together with the higher education institutions in Northwest Russia and East Finland. The activities, strategies, and cooperation opportunities for creating new innovation in the Joensuu region, St. Petersburg, and Petrozavodsk in 2006 were assessed in the report. Therefore, the project was not responsible for generating an actual operational concept for the development unit. Instead, various alternative models for operations were studied. The feasibility study presented a university-based operational model and its potential partners. In addition, procedures for Russia-related actors in the North Karelia region for improving the company-driven availability of services were proposed within the study. A comparative report was also produced, which addressed the innovation policies and legislative framework issues related to innovation activity.
AcronymUniversity Cooperation for innovation and development
Duration2006-03-01 - 2006-12-31
Total Budget / Programme funding53 172 € / 36 216 €
Lead partnerUniversity of Joensuu
Lead partner web-site
PartnersJoensuu Science Park Ltd
North Karelia University of Applied Sciences
City of Joensuu
North Karelia Chamber of Commerce
State Academy of Law of the Russian Federation
St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University