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Purposeful Interaction with Interest Groups

​Established by the University in 2016, the project group for societal interaction has organised expert seminars, in which the implementation of societal interaction has been observed from the perspective of the Policy Programmes of the University Strategy 2016–2020. For instance, digitalisation, which is important for developing research and teaching methods, was the topic of one seminar.

In the audit of the University’s quality system conducted by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, societal interaction was one central target. In its report, the audit group stated that the development work has progressed extremely well, but it also presented some targets for future development.

The Hospital District of Southwest Finland, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku Science Park, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences are involved in the Health Campus Turku collaboration. The parties promote research and collaboration prerequisites, education, business and innovation activities, and structural development,  and organise thematic seminars within the network.

The Researcher’s Night was organised in Turku for the second time on Friday, 29 September. The main event of the Science Forum was celebrated on Saturday, 30 September in the Main Building of the University of Turku. In the Science Battle, researchers locked in large glass cubes solved questions presented by the audience.

The City of Turku requested expert help in futures research for its city vision work from a vision working group led by Professor Markku Wilenius.

New Innovations Transformed into Commercial Products and Services

According to its Strategy, the University of Turku supports measures that promote the University's networking with society. The key in this is utilising the new knowledge created at the University as commercial products and services. The Innovations, Entrepreneurship and Transnational Education unit of the University helps and advises in the protection and commercialisation of university and research based products and services with different support measures.

A system for searching, screening, assessing, and cultivating potential innovations has been created for the University of Turku. Potential innovations aiming at international high-growth companies as well as those suitable for the local market go through the evaluation and commercialisation system, and some of them are directed as invention disclosures, some as innovation proposals, and some at the actors of the regional and national ecosystem. Collaboration with other regional higher education institutions and innovation actors has continued in the innovation activities.

In 2017, the University of Turku organised two open calls for innovation proposals that were directed at researchers. The evaluation panels assessed the innovation proposals aiming at launching international high-growth companies, and on the grounds of the panels’ recommendations, six funding applications from the University of Turku were left to the New Knowledge and Business from Research Ideas programme of TEKES. In the New Knowledge and Business from Research Ideas project, the research idea and technology are developed in a target-driven manner, and its commercialisation as a new business is prepared. Four applications (4/6) received funding from the programme.

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​2017

 Innovation propositions ​89 ​81 64 89​ 119​ ​137
 Invention disclosures
       University has acquired the rights
​24
8
29
12​
24
14​
38
9​
30
9
38
15
​ New priority applications ​5 4​ 4​ 10​ 8​ 11​
 New granted patents ​14 11​ 11​ 20​ ​29 ​42
​ Patent families
       Patent applications
       Granted patents
​23
35
46
25
41
57​
29
83
68​
38
141
80​
46
151
110
40
144
152
​ Sales and licensing agreements ​18 24​ 30​ 35​
​43
​50
 ​Start-ups ​3 2​ 2 (3)​ 3​ 2​ 5​

Rapid Growth in Transnational Education

The long-term aim of the University of Turku is that transnational education would form a significant portion of the University's external funding.

Transnational education activity has been purposefully developed since 2013, and it is well-organised. The University realises transnational education through its transnational education companies, Finland University and Nordic Institute of Dental Education. In 2017, the University of Turku made 36 transnational education agreements (4 in 2014, 15 in 2015, and 31 in 2016).


Employment Situation by Field of Study

The Career Services of the University of Turku follows the employment of the graduates. The most recent survey describes the employment situation of 2011–2015 graduates in autumn 2017.

 

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