POLKU Seminar 24.1.2018

International student as a resource for expanding companies

When? Wednesday January 24th, 9:00-12:00

Where? Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Centre for Lifelong Learning, Tehtaankatu 2, Turku (Arken)

Whom? For international degree students as well as for university teachers, study advisors and other staff from all higher education institutions in the Turku area


8.30-9.00 Morning coffee & registration

9.00  Welcome by Gurli-Maria Gardberg, Head of Education services, ÅAU & Chairman of the Steering group of the POLKU project

9.15 Opportunities for international talents in Turku region – a business perspective, Niko Kyynäräinen, CEO, Turku Science Park

9.45 Research results on international students’ integration in Turku, Mona Riska, coordinator, the POLKU project, CLL/ÅAU
Presentation by Elli Heikkilä, Head of research, Migration Institute of Finland (PPT presentation in pdf)

Short break

10.30 Integration of international students in Finland – obstacles and support, Irma Garam, Researcher, Finnish National Agency for Education (PPT presentation in pdf)

11.00        Presentations by the POLKU project partners

  • Services at the arrival stage and integration into the Turku area
    Anu Lehtinen, Turku University of Applied Sciences (PPT presentation in pdf)
  • Services for employability
    Jan Kraufvelin & Lotta Metsärinne, Career services, ÅAU (PPT presentation in pdf)
  • Services for potential entrepreneurs and the Ambassador network of South-West Finland
    Kaisu Paasio, Brahea Centre, University of Turku  (PPT presentation in pdf)

Research reports on international students’ integration into  Turku:

  1. International Degree Students; A survey of studying, working
    and living in Turku (Tytti-Maaria Laine)
  2. International Degree Students and Graduates; A Follow-up Study on Employment and Social Integration into Turku (Tytti-Maaria Laine)