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POLKU – International talents as resource for expanding companies

POLKU

Time:

1.6.2015–31.5.2018

Funded by:

  • The project is financed by Keski-Suomen ELY-keskus
  • and partly financed by the European Social Found and Svenska kulturfonden.

Project coordinator:

CLL/Åbo Akademi University

Budget:

439 152 euros

Project partners:

  • Brahea/University of Turku
  • Turku University of Applied Sciences
  • City of Turku and Migration Institute of Finland.

Åbo Akademi University’s part of the budget:

164 870 euros (38%)

Other partners:

  • TEK – Tekniikan Akateemiset

The project POLKU – International talents as resource for expanding companies, aims to help international students in HEIs in the Turku area to act as a productive part of the local industry after graduation. The focus is on a win-win situation where individual students can find a position according to their level of education and career plans at the same time as the industry in the Turku area can get new competences (cultural, language, innovation etc.) and contacts that further their development and internationalization.

The project is focusing on establishing clear paths of services for international students based on if they intend to stay in Finland after graduation, either as an employee or as an entrepreneur, or if they plan to move away.

Depending on which of these three major paths they intend to take this project provides the services needed for the individual and for the specific path.

We differ between three different phases:

  • new arrival, the student has just arrived to Turku
  • general integration to the new environment
  • transition to employment or entrepreneurship

The project relies heavily on the cooperation between the project partners and other relevant actors. The aim is to find mutual benefits and synergies by working together and streamlining services that individual actors already provide for the target group. The aim of this project is not so much to invent new concrete services as such, but rather to find, show, make use and develop existing ones already provided.

The results from this project are expected to be easily integrated in the normal services of the project partners and other relevant actors.

For further information about POLKU events: blogs2.abo.fi/polku

Contact:

Mona Riska

Riska, Mona

Manager of Professional Development
Fabriksgatan 2, 20500 ÅBO/TURKU
Finland
+3582 215 3218
mona.riska(a)abo.fi

 


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