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Laurea as a co-operation partner

For Laurea, regional development means engaging in interaction and collaboration and actively fostering co-operation both in Finland and abroad.

Laurea is a higher education institution catering to the needs of its region, Uusimaa. For Laurea, regional development means engaging in interaction and collaboration and actively fostering co-operation both in Finland and abroad.

Our strategic aim is to be present where expertise is needed. The vitality of Uusimaa is made up of the joint goals of the stakeholders. Therefore, Laurea participates in the preparation and implementation of regional strategies.

International co-operation

Laurea’s International Advisory Board (IAB) comprises international experts in higher education, whose broad expertise supports the strategic development of Laurea’s operations. The advisory board offers Laurea’s management advice and proposals and supports, in particular, Laurea’s internationalisation and the enhancement of its R&D activities.

All of the nine IAB members are experts in higher education, science and research, who represent universities of high international esteem around the world.

Laurea’s first International Advisory Board began operations in 2009. The present board is the third one.

Learn more about the International Advisory Board and its composition.

Laurea has a network of around 250 international cooperation partners around the world. The network includes higher education institutions, companies and other organisations. Cooperation includes incoming and outgoing student mobility, staff mobility, research and development activities, regional development cooperation and development of education. Laurea also acts as an active partner in many international development projects and cooperation networks. Laurea's international partner institutions for mobility can be viewed in the SoleMove system.

Learn more about Laurea's European Policy Statement for Erasmus Activities »

Laurea Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 



Laurea in international networks

  • ENoLL 

    The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is an international network of open innovation ecosystems, comprising over 150 active living labs. Laurea has taken part in developing living lab activities, and Director Tuija Hirvikoski from Laurea has acted as the Chair of ENoLL since 2015.

    More on ENoLL.

  • EOS 

    The European Organisation for Security (EOS) was established in 2007. Its members represent various players in the security industry from 13 European countries. As the first European higher education institution, Laurea became a member of the EOS network in 2015.

    More on EOS.

    Contact person: Isto Mattila

  • ESDC 

    The European Security and Defense College (ESDC). Supported by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Laurea became a member of the ESDC in 2016. ESDC membership offers extensive co-operation and networking opportunities with leading European education institutions in the field of security.

    More on ESDC.

    Contact person: Päivi Mattila

  • FSA 

    The Finnish Service Alliance (FSA) aims to promote Finnish service research and broaden its application in companies and public organisations. Laurea’s experts and alumni have been actively involved in the network’s operations.


  • EuroFM 

    The European Facility Management Network (EuroFM) is a European network that links higher education institutions, researchers, companies and associations in the field of facility management. Pekka Matvejeff, Development Manager at Laurea, chairs the network during the two-year term from 2016 to 2018. Laurea has also hosted EuroFM summer schools, most recently in 2016.

    More on EuroFM.

  • SDN 

    The Service Design Network (SDN), founded in 2004, is the leading platform designed to connect you with passionate, like-minded service designers who hail from agencies, companies and universities, in addition to the curious innovators who embrace and apply this approach to the betterment of their organisations and the community at-large.

    More on SDN.

    Contact person: Tarja Chydenius

  • ERRIN 

    Started in 2001 as an informal network, ERRIN is a well-established Brussels-based platform of more than 130 regional stakeholder organisations from 24 European countries, most of whom are represented by their Brussels offices.  Through our 13 Working Groups, ERRIN works with research and innovation in a very comprehensive way, promoting triple and quadruple helix cooperation approaches and the importance of regional innovation ecosystems.

    More on ERRIN.

  • ECSO 

    The European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) ASBL is a fully self-financed non-for-profit organisation under the Belgian law, established in June 2016.

    ECSO represents the industry-led contractual counterpart to the European Commission for the implementation of the Cyber Security contractual Public-Private Partnership (cPPP). ECSO members include a wide variety of stakeholders such as large companies, SMEs and Start-ups, research centres, universities, end-users, operators, clusters and association as well as European Member State’s local, regional and national administrations, countries part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and H2020 associated countries.

    More on ECSO.

    Contact person: Paresh Rathod


    The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. UArctic builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research and outreach we enhance human capacity in the North, promote viable communities and sustainable economies, and forge global partnerships.

    More on UArctic.

    Yhteyshenkilö: Isto Mattila

  • PSCE 

    Public Safety Communications Europe Forum (PSCE) was established as a result of a European Commission funded project in 2008. Since then, PSCE has evolved into an independent forum, where representatives of public safety user organisations, industry and research institutes can meet to discuss and exchange ideas and best practices, develop roadmaps and improve the future of public safety communications. PSCE is a permanent autonomous organisation, working to foster excellence in the development and use of public safety communication and information management systems by consensus building.

    More on PSCE.

    Contact person: Päivi Mattila

  • Arctic Drone Labs 

    Arctic Drone Labs is a drone application ecosystem based in Finland. In our network, active partners can pilot innovations and novel solutions. Drones are used as integration points for developing industry level technology and data collection from different application areas.

    More on Arctic Drone Labs.

    Contact person: Päivi Mattila

Co-operation with the Uusimaa region

Laurea’s regional partners include companies, public organisations and third-sector actors as well as labour and employer organisations. Laurea’s cooperation with 20 municipalities in Uusimaa is backed up by an agreement. In addition, Laurea has established cooperation with most of the region’s key education organisations and a number of other organisations.

Regional advisory boards

In its regional development activities, Laurea is supported by three regional advisory boards consisting of its shareholders’ elected officials and civil servant management as well as experts of business, regional development, innovation and education. The advisory boards support Laurea’s focus on the regions’ needs and regional strategies.

Laurea’s advisory boards focus on the following three regions: Espoo and Lohja, Central and Northern Uusimaa, as well as Porvoo and Vantaa. The advisory boards’ term runs from 2021 to 2025.

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