Long-awaited meeting finally came true - International SDG4BIZ project gathered at the Pasila campus

Working together in an international team is the best thing in the projects. That became evident also in the workshops of the SDG4BIZ - Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunity Recognition in SGDs project held on the Pasila campus. SDG4BIZ is a three-year project funded by the Erasmus + Knowledge Alliance.

SDG4BIZ -hankkeen ensimmäinen tapaaminen Pasilan kampuksella
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The SDG4BIZ - Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunity Recognition in SGDs project met on Monday, May 23rd, at the Pasila campus of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. SDG4BIZ launched at the beginning of last year, but previous meetings had to be canceled due to the corona pandemic.

In addition to representatives from Haaga-Helia and Metropolia, also Alonso Suarez and Jone Etxebeste Goikoetxea from the Basque Innovation and Research Center Tknika, Francesco Pulejo from the Italian Fondazione Fenice Green Energy Park, Helena Fidlerová and Miriam Šefčíková from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Rainer Schabereiter from the Austrian Research Center Brain+ and Cagri Bulut from the Turkish University of Yasar were present.

The Norwegian pioneer of digital learning environments, Itslearning, was represented by Kenneth Vuorinen, Managing Director of its Finnish department. Also, Salla Huttunen, Vice President responsible for RDI at Haaga-Helia, and Minna Maari-Harmaala, Member of the Board of Haaga-Helia, came to meet the international guests.

A long-awaited meeting

The project manager responsible for Haaga-Helia's contribution to the project, Annariikka Rosendahl, says that everyone has been waiting forward for this meeting. Working together in international teams is, in her opinion, the best thing about the projects, and that became evident in the small group workshops held on the Pasila campus.

- It was so great that we finally got to meet face to face. I really enjoyed seeing how our workshops got our guests inspired. Together with our guests and Haaga-Helia's own people, we got a lot more done at the meeting than I ever dared imagine, she says with satisfaction.

During their week in Finland, guests got to know Helsinki and Finnish customs and culture when the representatives of Haaga-Helia and Metropolia guided them around the city. To many of them, the meeting was their first time in Finland and in Northern Europe.

Ambitious goals of the project

The SDG4BIZ project will produce training packages for business actors on business opportunities for sustainable development and the green economy. As an end result, there will be five different training modules built across Europe and representing the latest pedagogical and scientific expertise in the field. 

Each training module is piloted in English, Spanish, Turkish, German, Slovak, and Finnish. The goals are ambitious as the project aims to reach up to 5,000 European companies ready to learn more about sustainable business opportunities and adopt the resulting practices into their respected organizations. 

Haaga-Helia has been involved in the project since its inception. From the beginning, it has taken a strong role in designing the training packages. Haaga-Helia is responsible for the project's curriculum, content production, and preparation. In addition, it also acts as an advisor in other areas of the project.

The project is coordinated by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

More information on this topic

The SDG4BIZ - Knowledge Alliance for Business Opportunity Recognition in SGDs project is funded by Erasmus + Knowledge Alliance. Partners of the project are Metropolia and Haaga-Helia Universities of Applied Sciences, Brainplus , Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Itslearning, FENICE Green Energy Park, Tknika and Yasar University

More information about the project can be found on the links below:


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