30 international guests convened at Haaga-Helia for the International Co-Creation Workshop event from 31 October to 3 November. The idea was to brainstorm together how different services can be developed. On the opening day, the guests visited the Haaga campus and Porvoo campus. On 2 November, the guests also participated in the Global Education Export seminar at the Pasila campus.
The purpose of the event was to bring together international actors from Haaga-Helia’s education export and brainstorm new solutions and models for the challenges of education export. At the event, the international partners also had the chance to see the Haaga-Helia campuses and activities in their actual environment and to gain ideas for their own operations, or future cooperation with Haaga-Helia.
Commercial Director, Vice president Jouni Ahonen opened the seminar
On Tuesday 1 November, the guests visited the Haaga campus in the morning and continued to Porvoo in the afternoon to explore, for example, the degree programme in Aviation Business.
Programme Director Risto Karmavuo introduced the Place to be Haaga project of the Haaga campus: it is a concept of learning and one form of our business cooperation. The companies involved in the project, such as Fiskars and Paulig as well as various restaurants, are highly committed to the development of operations. Ideas are generated together to be tested and the companies also jointly develop them further:
1,500 students come and eat at the Haaga Place to Be lunch restaurant every day. The idea is to learn and experiment together – through cooperation between companies, students and staff
Karmavuo asked the participants to generate ideas on how to share information with partners. Together, it was found that sharing is also a cultural issue, and that transparency of information is more common than average in Finland.
Lecturer Pasi Tuominen went over the project The Box and showed projects carried out within the project on video. In The Box, experiences are adjusted by changing the lights and image landscape and by adjusting the music, scents and temperatures. At the Haaga campus, students have been able to test their ideas using The Box. For example, a virtual sauna by a lake, a Vietnamese street kitchen with catering and a virtual Starbucks coffee shop have been organised at the campus. At the Gastro fair, the participants experienced a food journey through Finland.
Tuominen asked the participants to brainstorm on the future of learning and the kind of learning environments we can create.
Text and photos by Sanna Leporanta