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Wide-ranging, professional and innovative development work

Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) activity at Turku University of Applied Sciences is a combination of students’ fresh, creative and innovative ideas, teachers’ top expertise and project professionals’ experience in national and international funding possibilities.

The development work is firmly based on the needs of customers and communities, and projects are executed in collaboration with working life. Projects utilize the multidisciplinary know-how of Turku University of Applied Sciences; innovations and new operating models are often created at the interface between different areas of expertise.

TUAS has over 30 different research groups that work to improve the welfare of the region. Strong regional, national and international partner networks support the development work of TUAS.

The projects can be anything from short development projects designed for individual organizations to international projects spanning several years and involving a wide network of partners. A successful project profits all participatory actors, and its results continue to live even after the project has been completed. Results often appear as different kinds of products, operating methods, innovations and trainings.


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Innovation activities at Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) support the development of the region and provide added value. We serve to develop improved or entirely new products, services and operating methods.

Fresh perspectives from students

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Students of Turku University of Applied Sciences are a creative and versatile resource for the RDI activities. Development projects are closely linked to teaching activities. Students’ active participation in the projects and research workshop learning environments guarantees the students to have the demanded skills needed in their field of work once they graduate.

Project learning environments

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Various degree programs offer students practical and working life oriented environments, which enable students to develop their professional skills and abilities.

Advertising agency Guru

Advertising agency Guru is a full-service ad agency, where students work as advertising designers – they are the future of advertising! Guru designs a variety of marketing from single brochures to extensive concepts, while utilizing the possibilities of different media.
More info: Minna


TUAS BusinessAcademy in Salo and Turku is an innovative learning environment that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation among business students. Students learn by carrying out projects in teams. They support one another in learning and adopting an entrepreneurial spirit in terms of skills and content. Teachers serve as coaches, supporting students in setting personal learning goals and creating customised study programmes.
More info:  Jaana Kallio-Gerlander


The Capstone innovation project is a study module of TUAS, in which user oriented development, an entrepreneurial attitude, creative thinking and especially collaboration with companies and organizations in the region are highlighted. In addition, working life and studies are integrated in a realistic and concrete way to benefit both the students as well as the customer businesses. The ideology behind Capstone is based on CDIO, a concept developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The programme aims to bring engineering education closer to working life through active teaching methods and learning by doing. In practice the projects consist of three parts: 1) during the first six weeks teams get to ideate possible solutions, 2) the next sixteen weeks are used for practical execution; during this time period the company and the team meet every four weeks, 3) the final four weeks are used for debriefing of the project. The purpose of the project is to find solutions to existing hypotheses. The problem must be real and not fictional.
More info: Kari Haajanen, Hazem Al-Bermanei
Capstone web site  


#factory is a project learning environment for Mechanical Engineering, Marine Technology and Design. It aims to generate multidisciplinary learning in an authentic design & product development environment within a real-life engineering works. At #factory, students become part of the activities and projects of Future Product Processes research group in the spirit of Innopeda. The project learning environment functions at Machine Technology Center managed by Turku University of Applied Sciences.
More info: Jussi Liikkanen

ICT Showroom – testing for product ideas

ICT Showroom is a concept developed by the three higher education institutions operating in the ICT Building: Turku University of Applied Sciences, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. Each spring, students present their innovations to representatives of business and industry to compete at the event. One of the purposes of the competition is to strengthen the abilities of higher education institutions to commercialize their research results. On the day of the competition, representatives of companies evaluate the viability of new applications.
More info: Janne Roslöf


Kunnonkoti is a centre where visitors can familiarize themselves with products, solutions and assistive equipment that promote safety and everyday life management. The centre also offers design services for accessible living and construction. Kunnonkoti organizes seminars, trainings and themed events. Kunnonkoti is an integral part of the Functional Everyday Life and Accessible Surroundings research team.
More info: An innovative model home – Kunnonkoti


Meedio is a learning environment for communications within the Arts Academy. Students are responsible for the Arts Academy’s media releases together with a supervising teacher, providing content on the TUAS website, Arts Academy’s communication through the different social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube) and consulting projects with their communications plans.
More info: Jussi Kokkola 

Project Café

The Project Café is an innovative way to instruct students with their project studies. Students are helped and instructed in a café environment via peer discussions. The café enables students’ own, independent and working life collaborated projects to be joined in their studies.
More info: Milla Järvipetäjä

Project hatchery

Project hatchery is a learning environment, where students learn by working on given project assignments in multidisciplinary groups. Groups define the way the goal is reached, and appoint a project leader. The reporting style is separately agreed upon with the companies, and can include presentations and written reports. The assignment can be for example an event, a marketing campaign or a company’s wellbeing day.
More info: Meiju Keinänen

Resource Efficient Business 2.0

The resource-efficient business research group of Turku University of Applied Sciences has collaborations with a wide range of companies. We offer the fresh expertise and innovation potential of our students as an asset for companies. We also unite companies to create new networks where resources and expertise can be shared.
More info: Linkki: Piia Nurmi
Resource Efficient Business web site


The Firma is a project based learning environment operating within the framework of Turku University of Applied Sciences. It gathers all the project workshops functioning at the ICT-City campus under one roof. Students who work at the FIRMA work just as they would in a real life company, mainly doing customer or development projects (servers, gaming industry, websites, programming, testing, training). Students gather study points by working on practical customer projects. The FIRMA provides ICT services for companies as student work. The services consist of different kinds of ICT related products, such as programs, maintenance services, websites and small databases.
More info: Marika Säisä
The Firma web site

Turku Game Lab

Turku Game Lab is a joint working environment of University of Turku and Turku University of Applied Sciences which provides services in game education and development, using the latest technical developments in facilitating research, needs of the industry and decisive user experience.
More info: Mika Luimula
Turku Game Lab web site


Tutka is the news media of journalism students of Turku University of Applied Sciences. It observes the environment from the perspective of young adults and university level students. Tutka releases new material every Friday.
More info: Johanna Ailio

Vivian’s Academy

Vivian’s Academy is a learning and development environment of the health and wellbeing services, and consists of entrepreneurship, product development and service production.
More info: Juha Knuuttila 
Vivian's Academy in Facebook


Statistics 2016

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•  162 projects in progress, from which 30% international
•  External funding: EUR 6.5 million
•  Total expenses: EUR 10.1 million
•  58 801 ECTS credits
•  127.3 person-years (teachers, project staff, students)
•  616 articles and other publications