Teacher and Staff Exchange

Welcome to our International Week, 25th - 29th March 2019. The overall theme will be Everyday Innovations. It is an excellent opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with colleagues from many countries.

Staff Mobility

Participation in international exchanges and projects forms part of Laurea's pedagogical, regional development, RDI and service activities. Laurea strives to cooperate with its partner institutions by planning and implementing themes, projects and other elements jointly.  About 350 Laurea staff members go on exchanges to partner institutions, conferences and projects every year and Laurea receives around 170 visitors from the partner institutions annually.

Teacher exchange is one form of staff mobility. Laurea's lecturers visit partner institutions to teach, and Laurea receives lecturers from partner institutions. Teaching can be part of for example a jointly build study unit or an intensive study programme. Also non-teaching staff participates in international mobility. Laurea's staff members from e.g. e-learning development, library services and international affairs visit partner institutions to benchmark and develop their field of work and in turn welcome their colleagues from partner institutions for visits at Laurea.

If you are interested in coming to Laurea on a teaching or staff visit please contact the planning officers. Laurea organizes an international week every spring which is open for teachers and other staff from Laurea's partner institutions to participate.

Laurea's international partner institutions for mobility can be viewed in SoleMove system or in the world map below. 


International weeks

Laurea organises International weeks on different campuses with different profiles yearly. Information about the weeks is gathered on this page and updated regularly.

Contact person: Planning Officer Päivi Haapanen (paivi.haapanen@laurea.fi)

Laurea International Week 2019 -  Everyday Innovations

Laurea International Week 2019 will be organised on the campus of Tikkurila (in the city of Vantaa), 25th - 29th March 2019. The week is open for both teaching and non-teaching staff from Laurea´s partner institutions.

We will offer a common programme and networking opportunities for all participants as well as classes for teaching staff and workshops for non-teaching staff.

The theme this year is “Everyday Innovations”. Therefore our international week consists of innovative workshops, lectures and networking opportunities.

Everyday innovations may include:

  • Innovations within social and health care
  • Business and circular economy innovations
  • Service design innovations
  • Innovative entrepreneurship
  • Security related innovations
  • ICT innovations
  • Innovative educational and pedagogical approaches
  • Good practices and innovations in correctional services
  • Innovations in beauty and cosmetics
  • From weak signals to future innovations

Please register to the International week 2019 using this Registration link. The deadline for the registration is extended to January 31st, 2019.

Kindly see the invitation with an overview of the programme (pdf)

A preliminary programme:

Monday 25th March:

11 - 13: Registration and lunch

13 - 14: Opening words

14 - 16: Innovation Walk with Laurea staff

17 - 20: Get-together Dinner, hosted by Laurea

Tuesday 26th March:

09 - 12: Presentation of partner universities at stands

12 - 13: Lunch

13 - 16: Online International Learning (OIL)

Evening Programme 16 - 19 (optional): A visit to Fazer Visitor Center (a chocolate factory) in Vantaa. There is a guided tour on extensive product selection as well as on innovations. The tour is for all five senses.

Wednesday 27th March:

09 - 12: Lectures (teaching staff) or workshops (non-teaching staff)

12 - 13: Lunch

13 - 16: Lectures (teaching staff) or workshops (non-teaching staff)

16:30 - : Reception at City Hall of Vantaa  - an emerging airport city with Aviapolis, a unique concentration of services, residential areas and business options.

Thursday 28th March:

09 - 12: Finnish language and culture

12 - 13: Lunch

13 - 16: Lectures (teaching staff) or workshops (non-teaching staff)

Evening programme 16 -19 (optional): A Finnish all-season outdoor recreational center with many saunas in Kuusijärvi in Vantaa or

Oodi  in Helsinki - a newly opened flagship library, which provides a variety of innovative services.

Friday 29th March:

09 - 11: Feedback Learning Café

11 - 12: Certificates and Refreshments


Previous International Weeks

Laurea International Week 2018  - Going global in the digital era

Laurea International Week 2018 was organised on the campuses of Leppävaara and Otaniemi (in the city of Espoo) April 16th - 20th, 2018. The week was open for both teaching and non-teaching staff participants from Laurea's partner institutions.

We have gathered pictures from the Laurea IW 2018 on this video, enjoy!

International Week 2018

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