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Sustainable Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI)

The goal of RDI activities is that Laurea produces knowledge and creates operating models which support SDG achievement in keeping with the research programs and crosscutting themes. Laurea also shares this competence more widely in society through its business activities, including continuing education.

Sustainable development policies and objectives in keeping with our fields of expertise, on the basis of which our project portfolio is evaluated, have been set for our research programmes and cross-cutting themes.

On this page, you can find information about sustainable RDI-activities.

Laurea’s goals related to sustainable research, development, and innovation (RDI): 

  • We are committed to the Declaration for open science and research, which promotes open and free access to publications and research data. This way, Laurea’s applied research also benefits other actors extensively. 
  • RDI actors communicate actively on the Sustainable Laurea web page and produce diverse publications describing their sustainable development activities as part of research and development.
  • Through the integration of RDI and teaching, we ensure that the latest research evidence is incorporated in the education activities, and we produce sustainable development solutions and innovations for the needs of the region and our partners. 
  • Our personnel’s sustainable development expertise supports our RDI work
  • Persons serving as project managers complete Certified Project Manager training, which covers the dimensions of sustainable development and circular economy. 
  • We implement a culture of experimentation and test sustainable development innovations through the Living Labs. 
  • The continuing we offer transfers expertise and sustainable development capabilities to customer organizations. 

Examples of Laurea’s RDI projects related to sustainable development

Recognition received by the CityDrivers-project: It is my great pleasure to officially announce you that our International Board of Global Actors and Business for Sustainability, Entreps, has followed our criterion and so confirmed that your project will be among the 300 World Best Practices on Sustainability and Innovation for this 5th edition of the Global Entreps Awards and 5Gcitizens International Congress. Congratulations, it is not easy at all to become Champions when over 5,000 candidates are on stage, after the hard work of our 1,000 Global Jurors.

CIRC4life is an international collaborative innovation project, supported by the European Comission’s Horizon 2020 Circular Economy programme. It aims to develop and implement circular economy approach by creating new sustainable products and services through their value and supply chains. For more information, please visit CIRC4life's homepage

The Sustainability Business Models course implemented in autumn 2020 provides an example of successful integration of RDI activities and teaching. The course successfully utilized the CELL-tool produced by the CIRC4life project as a tool for learning and teaching. 

CLEMET (Cleantech Mobility Education for Tomorrow) is a project coordinated by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences with Laurea, Omnia, VTT and the City of Espoo as participants. The project funded by the European Social Fund ran until August 2021. The project objective was to map future competence and education needs in the automotive engineering sector and build a new kind of learning environment, that applies Living Lab Methods.


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