Development of Higher Education

The terms social engagement and social dimension entail various discourses aimed at developing higher education to be more connected to the surrounding society and the world of work. Our viewpoints on development are university pedagogics and teacher conceptions of learning and teaching.

We participate in capacity building in higher education in the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • University-business collaboration (UBC)
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
  • Work-Based Learning (WBL)
  • Quality

Lifelong learning and university pedagogics


KUTEL - Kazakh Universities to foster quality assurance processes in Technology Enhanced Learning 

The aim of the project is to develop quality assurance of Technology Enhanced Learning in higher education institutions in Kazakhstan.

The project consortium consists of 8 universities, a non-governmental organization and the ministry of education from Kazakshstan. The European project partners come from Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Finland.

The project is financed by Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2, capacity building in higher education. Read more on project website:



COMPASS - Moldova Towards European Universities Lifelong Learning Model

The project is aimed at developing an European model of lifelong learning in Moldovan higher education. The universities develop strategies for lifelong learning and update national legislation to make lifelong learning a reality in Moldova.

Development work in Moldova is facilitated by 8 european universities from Spain, Austria, France, Estonia and Finland.

The project is financed by Erasmus+ programmeKey Action 2, capacity building in higher education. Read more information in the project website:



STUNED - Standards Teaching in University Education

Companies and public organisations are taking different standards and quality management systems into account in their actions. There are e.g. specific guidelines for sustainable development. Organisations can also utilize quality management systems in customer relationship management. However, university graduates often have only little knowledge about quality management systems and standards.

In the STUNED-project we are developing university teaching on quality management systems and standardisation. The project partners consist of universities and standardisation agencies from Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Latvia and Romania.



 The project aims at raising competencies of in-service teachers at the non-tertiary education level by building a high quality Vocational Education and Training (VET) system for teachers.

The project has developed e.g. a new strategy of teacher training, new expertise and standard of teacher training, specialized centres for teacher training, and new training courses. In addition, digital structures are developed for training delivery.

For more information visit the project website: 


Previous projects

He4U2 - Higher Education for You Too

There is a clear need for training teachers working with migrant students, to reform the delivery of support for these learners, integrating at the same time an intercultural dimension for all learners.

HE4u2 project developed an approach to the intercultural dimension of existing curricula, a generic CPD courses for staff, and a set of policy recommendations focusing on the curricula and the teachers of adults in HE, who often provide access for disadvantaged groups, are student-centred, have specialised support and are linked to regional agencies.

Read more about the project in the website.


University-Business Collaboration


ApprEnt - Refining Higher Education Apprenticeships with Enterprises in Europe

High rates of youth unemployment and a mismatch between current skills requirements and existing academic curricula have prompted the need to promote and expand work based learning and apprenticeships programmes in Europe. The ApprEnt project (15 October 2017 -   15 October 2019) has promoted the establishment of work-based learning and especially apprenticeship schemes in higher education sector. 
The project has developed e.g. a training model for mentors and supervisors, guidelines for HEI apprenticeship model agreement, advocacy pack and recommendations. . 

Brahea Centre partners in the project with Federation of Finnish Enterprises in South-West Finland. 

Read more in the project website:



IMPROVE - Innovative Methods and PRactices on VET

Recent studies indicate that vocational education and training (VET) needs to create new pedagogies to improve students' knowledge, skills and competences for innovation in the labour market. Theby the project promotes innovative practices and tools in VET, in order to encourage people to consider VET as an important choice on their professional path. By introduction of alternative and successful methodologies to the learning environment, the project aims to create successful experiences in job-oriented learning and provide learners with skills that are necessary for self- employment or employment.

Read more from the project website.



Are you looking for new tools to develop your entrepreneurial skills?

Interactive MOOC offers inspiring tools in Creative Problem Solving, Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design for successful ventures.

CDTMOOC promotes open education and innovative practices in a digital era thanks to an interactive MOOC based on gamification approach together with digital guides describing innovative methodologies from a practical point of view.

The project aims at disrupting the learning environment through innovative pedagogies. In fact, the project is about using different methodologies such as Creative Problem Solving, Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design to support modern entrepreneurship, to stimulate a change after an intensive Pilot Testing period.

CDTMOOC is a project funded by the European Commission under the programme “Erasmus+ – KA2 – Strategic Partnerships for higher education”

For more information, visit the project website



Previous projects

VET-Eng - Blended Vocational-Engineering-Industry Shared Learning Environment for Stream of Socially- and Technically-Competent Technicians and Engineers

University graduates need  social skills and professional knowledge to solve problems in the workplaces. In the project higher education sector and vocational and training (VET) sector developed project-based learning and teaching metholds in collaboration. By engaging learners from both sectors to solve working-life oriented problems together already during their studies, the Egyptian universities, training institutions and social partners foresee that learners would be more able to work in collaboration when they graduate and move to the labour market. European partners from Italy, Germany and Finland facilitated the development work in the project.

More information from the project website.



What is industrial currency of Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers and how they can develop their pedagogies to be more industry-relevant? The project aims to develop, deploy and discuss how experiments and experimentation could contribute to renewal and innovation in educational practice.

The project has developed e.g. a report on emerging needs for development of VET, a toolkit for work-based learning, a toolkit for creative problem solving and design thinking and a toolkit for co-working and FabLab.

The project is financed by Erasmus+, Key Action 2, strategic alliances in develoint adult education. For more information, visit the project website:


Courses for University Students

The Innovation and Business Creation Study Module

The Innovation and Business Creation study module contains courses providing students with the fundamentals of new venture creation and business development. Furthermore, they learn to apply knowledge about innovation and business management in different settings and situations. Besides the knowledge and skills, these studies are targeting to facilitate business and entrepreneurial mind-set and behaviour. The module helps the students to understand and exploit the innovation potential of their own discipline by providing them with skills to recognise, create, evaluate and exploit business opportunities. 

The study module is targeted mainly at students of Science and Engineering. It is also suitable as minor study for other than business students, who are interested in innovation and technology-driven business, and are starting their own business or working entrepreneurially in any kind of organisation ranging from small companies to large enterprises. Students of specific Master’s programmes at the Faculty of Science and Engineering in which the study module is optional minor study, have priority to the module. Students can also participate some courses separately. 

For more information, see Study Guide Peppi.

Challenge Turku

Challenge Turku - Innovation camp

Higher education students in the Turku region are invited to innovate new business possibilities in an intensive, hands-on challenge within a 24 hour time limit. Devided to work in teams, students are working with a given, working-life oriented and authentic challenge. The camp is popular specially among international students and young expats in Turku.