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Projects

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences RDI services support the operational requirements and increase expertise and wellbeing in companies and organisations in the area and their determination to continue and undertake new ventures. RDI services are delivered through projects implemented in cooperation with companies, municipalities, research institutes and other organisations. Some of the projects are closely integrated into Kajaani University of Applied Sciences Oy’s teaching curriculum, ensuring that the students also have the opportunity to carry out learning assignments and their theses within development projects. 

The projects are implemented with external funding of which EU financing forms a significant proportion. In addition, projects are carried out using national funding (ministries, Tekes, trust funds). Kajaani University of Applied Sciences is also actively involved in expertise hub programmes and in developing business operational environments.

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences is a reliable and specialist project partner with expertise and experience in joint project applications, management, reporting and financial control. Therefore, in joint cooperation projects we are pleased to take on the role of main partner in implementation and to ensure they are carried out to the benefit of all parties.

You can get familiar with our international projects through the search below.

Advent

Project duration:
2017 - 2020
Source of funding:
ERASMUS plus
Partners:
The University of Iceland’s Hornafjordur Regional Research Centre, Visit Vatnajökull, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences,  vocational school Kainuun ammattiopisto, Naturpolis, West Highland College, college of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce
Budget:
449 930
Project manager:
Marjukka Turunen
Poster:
Project description
The main objective of ADVENT (Adventure Tourism Vocational Education and Training) is to strengthen SMEs ability to meet such challenges through increased accessibility of educational and training programs. To do this, collaborative forums need to be created on a cross-sectoral level, with participation of both educational institutes and representatives of tourism SMEs. These forums will identify the educational needs of SMEs and design and develop courses appropriate to meeting them.

BIOFEGG

Project duration:
2018 - 2020
Source of funding:
Business Finland
Partners:
BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbH (BE2020), Metener Oy, Mustankorkea Oy, Jahotec Oy, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Institute of Environmental Biotechnology - IFA Tulln, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), EVM Energie Versorgung Margarethen am Moos GmbH (EVM)
Budget:
262 000
Project manager:
Antti Rimpiläinen
Poster:
Project description
The European Commission’s ambitious renewable energy goals, 20-20-20 objectives and Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) request new technological and non-technological measures. Biogas is one of the promising energy sources that is not fully employed yet as a part of national gas and electric grids. BIOFEGG project will tackle this shortcoming by standardizing biogas quality. The project develops and pilots new control methods for anaerobic digestion process and a novel biogas cleaning and upgrading method for siloxanes and terpenes. The project also demonstrates a recently developed innovative real-time monitoring system for the biogas quality. The connectivity of biogas plants to gas grids, biomethane filling stations and future electric generation systems are studied in the project taking into account both technical issues and non-technical issues like regulations, environmental aspects and financial framework. The project is conducted by an international team consisting of four industrial partners and four research partners.

BLITZ

Project duration:
2018 - 2021
Source of funding:
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA)
Partners:
Irish Central Border Area Network Ltd., Western Development Commission, Kajaanin Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Kainuun liitto -kuntayhtymä, Wigtown Festival Company, Arts Over Borders, Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
Budget:
273 415
Project manager:
Filip Sever
Poster:
Project description
The project will directly contribute to the results sought by the NPA programme by using the common place-based asset of Literary resources to cluster economic activity across the region in a manner which will generate more vibrant, economically active and sustainable communities. The project actively seeks to stimulate SME activity, generating increased capacity and interest in entrepreneurship in the Literary Tourism sector. The project follows a logical 4 step development process to maximise economic impacts: Firstly testing new models of developing the Literary Tourism sector and engaging SMEs with the sector. The development of the framework models will facilitate the transfer of knowledge on a transnational basis and harnesses innovation to ensure investment within the sector maximises the positive impact on the regional economy, thereby capturing the unique growth potential of Literary tourism through literary heritage and related assets in a resource-efficient way. Secondly the development and delivery of an SME Development Programme with incubator support for the development of new products and services will expand the capacity of SMEs in entrepreneurship. The spin off benefits to the local economy will include the stimulation of new SMEs, enabling the growth of existing SMEs and encouraging SME’s who have not traditionally engaged with, or seen opportunities in, cultural tourism to become actively engaged in the provision of complementary services and products. By developing conceptually integrated cultural tourism products and services on a transnational basis, the project will deliver greater economic impact than projects developed in national isolation. Thirdly the project will facilitate the development of a digital platform and associated mobile iOS and Android applications to enable the clustering of SMEs around place based cultural tourism assets on a transnational basis. The increased capacity and skillset within the sector, along with enhanced visibility using this intelligent digital marketing, will enable the region to market itself more effectively to the culturally motivated visitor across Europe and emerging markets such as Asia, thereby overcoming barriers to expansion beyond existing local markets. Fourthly the project proposes to develop a “Best practice literary tourism SME development methodology/guide” capturing the learning and sharing this knowledge across the NPA region, both within and external to the project partnership. The project will actively communicate, seek input and relay project findings, results and outputs through a newly developed Literary Network, thereby maximising the potential for economic impacts to extend beyond the project area to other NPA regions. In this way the project aims to increase the sustainability of communities within the NPA region using place based literary tourism assets.

Digital and work based learning to boost employment DWBL

Project duration:
2018 - 2021
Source of funding:
Euroopan sosiaalirahasto (ESR), Pohjois-Pohjanmaan ELY
Budget:
232 800
Project manager:
K.C Deepak
Project description
The labour market in the field of ICT is changing rapidly thus making it essential to acquire new skills and put emphasis on lifelong learning. The EU study has recognized skills shortage in the ICT sector throughout Europe.ICT professionals are listed as one of the top 5 skill shortage occupations across the EU. The need of ICT in every economic sector has increased the demand for ICT professionals. However, it has been realized that the supply of ICT professionals from higher education and vocational studies are not sufficient and skilled enough to meet the demand. The entry requirements and dropout rates in the field of ICT studies are high with a very low participation of women. The labour shortage and dropouts from higher education need to be addressed through a means of study modules that are specifically tailored for the most common jobs in the ICT sector. Therefore this project aims to strengthen the expertise of students at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, young people and woman by providing them opportunities to participate in course modules and develop job based skills in the field of information technology. The objectives of the project are to study the job based skills required in current times and prepare course modules accordingly. The project partners select three regions where the need for ICT profiles is substantial and where flexible, digital training programs are organized through cooperation between the transnational partners in order to meet the needs of the labour market. The regional collaborations and learning communities will be set up with ICT companies through the means of training labs, learning networks, mobile dual learning trajectories where students can subscribe for workplace learning at various companies.

DiGi-Vision

Project duration:
2019 - 2019
Source of funding:
Karelia CBC
Partners:
Petrozavodsk State University
Budget:
49 875
Project manager:
Anas Al Natsheh
Poster:
Project description
The DiGi-Vision micro project will attempt to create a wider development project for utilization of the digitalization of services and products as a mean for business growth and social accessibility in the core region of Karelia CBC program. The core idea of the project is to support technically the digitalization of services and products for the SMEs in the region and support their business model development to capture the opportunity and service cross boarders markets, which will result in increasing the number of workplaces and contribute to the regional sustainable development.

eCSI eSports Centers & Social Inclusion

Project duration:
2018 - 2021
Source of funding:
ERASMUS plus
Partners:
Murcia University, Wrexham Glyndwr University,
Budget:
338 706
Project manager:
Janus Pitkänen
Project description
The project is based on three concrete commitments : 1. To write a European charter managing professional and amateur organisations (associations, clubs, or educational institutions) with a view to contributing to an ethical, inclusive, and sustainable practice of esports. 2. To create educational material within the field of esports, and to promote skills throughout a MOOC on raising awareness about esports, a pedagogical resources bank, and a game skills base. 3. To create a European university network about multidisciplinary research in esports.

Enhancing the effectiveness of Brazilian mines with virtual reality and augmented reality solutions

Project duration:
2018 - 2019
Source of funding:
Euroaid
Budget:
16 836
Project manager:
Anas Al Natsheh
Project description
The project is aiming at reducing the carbon footprint of mines by optimizing the operational activities in the mining site and reducing carbon emissions by utilizing real-time mixed VR/AR technology.

Rural Agree

Project duration:
2016 - 2018
Source of funding:
ERASMUS plus
Partners:
SARGA, Kajaanin ammattikorkeakoulu, EILD, CREATOR, UNIVERSITY OF DEBRECEN
Budget:
166 090
Project manager:
Tanja Korhonen
Poster:
Project description
The main objective of the project is (1) to improve the capacities for entrepreneurship in rural areas in the agri-food sector through the use of capacitation methodologies and gamification tools applied to Smartphones or tablets, and (2) to enable continuous self-learning as well as the creation of entrepreneurs in rural areas in the agri-food sector.

Rye Connect

Project duration:
2015 - 2018
Source of funding:
Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA)
Partners:
Kajaanin ammattikorkeakoulu, Greenland Business, The Advantage Foundation, Northern Ireland Rural Development Council
Budget:
359 959
Project manager:
Kalle Pakalen
Poster:
Project description
Rye-Connect hanke vahvistaa Euroopan NPA -alueen nuorten yrittäjyyttä ja sen kansainvälistä potentiaalia. Keskiössä on laajempien markkinoitten ja verkostojen avaaminen omalle liiketoiminnalle ja innovaatioille. 3 vuotisen hankkeen aikana luodaan koko NPA –alueen kattava väylä nuorten omien liike -ideoiden ja innovaatioiden, sekä potentiaalin maksimoimiseksi, sisältäen oikea-aikaista asiantuntija ja sijoittaja osaamista. Hankkeen konkreettiset  ja määrälliset tavoitteet ovat mm : perustetut yritykset, sijoittajavalmiit innovaatiot ja liikeideat, saavutetut ensi –myynnit ja työpajoihin osallistuneet.Hankkeen perusta ja toimintamallit on luotu aiemmassa valmistelevassa Rye hankkeessa, ja tukee kamkin strategiaa.

SHARPEN

Project duration:
2016 - 2019
Source of funding:
ERASMUS plus
Partners:
TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V LIBERCI, SOCIALINIU MOKSLU KOLEGIJA, WESTSACHSISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZWICKAU , KAJAANIN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY, THE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
Budget:
283 156
Project manager:
Ruey Komulainen
Poster:
Project description
Therefore the SHARPEN project will focus on training HR teachers in the universities to prepare students to start their careers in SMEs and to be ready to meet the needs of SMEs. Furthermore, the project will prepare and educate SMEs about how to create appropriate conditions and to be attractive employers for young graduates, but also for people with other specific needs such as disabled people, elderly people or immigrants. HRM learning modules in English will be useful tools to deliver these objectives to students who will also visit SMEs and work in real practice. Various seminars, lectures and conferences will be prepared to disseminate findings for SMEs. International training and workshops for teachers will be held to share knowledge and best practices mainly on new HR methods and inclusion issues from regions where they already have this experience (Germany and the UK) to the other partners (CZ, FIN, LI) which will enrich current knowledge amongst the participating institutions.
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