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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 utilise 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 nine Excellence Centers and 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 organisations 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 metho

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.


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 organisations 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

Design Studio

Design Studio 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 Design Studio, 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 commercialise 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 familiarise 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 organises 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

Lego projects – from ideas to product launches

The Lego project is carried out by first-year engineer students, who develop different kinds of products and ideas which would, if they went to product development, make peoples’ everyday lives easier. The purpose of the course is to familiarise students with practical engineering work right in the beginning of their studies. Models created by the students have gone through the entire product development process, from the initial idea to the product launch.
More info: Teppo Saarenpää

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 utilising the possibilities of different media.
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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 Räsänen


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 programmes, maintenance services, websites and small databases.
More info: Marika Säisä 


The service activities of Tukialus help the social and healthcare organisations in Southwest Finland to develop their services. Tukialus is a working life based learning environment, where students who study social services learn to develop services and acquire skills in management and entrepreneurship.
More info: Juha Knuuttila

Research workshops combine learning and research with working life

Since 2004, Turku University of Applied Sciences has been developing a research workshop learning environment that allows for exploratory learning in working life related development projects. A perfect example of the innovation pedagogy approach, the concept is based on real needs for new knowledge and expertise in working life. It enables students to assume various roles and engage in blended learning: independent study, advice, supervision, peer support and learning from senior researchers.
More info: Jouko Lehtonen


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


Statistics 2016

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•  162 projects in progress, from wich 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