CCO organised Introduction to Finnish Health and Wellbeing ecosystems partner visit 3-5 Feb 2020

Authors: Laurea Communications and CCO

Photo: Ilpo Vuorivirta

Anne Jacquier-Delaloye, director of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis Department of Health, presenting HES-SO University of Applied Sciences at Laurea Tikkurila campus


3-5 February Laurea CCO organised Introduction to Finnish Health and Wellbeing ecosystems together with international and national partners.


A group of partners from Switzerland's largest UAS, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, as well as from Aristotle University in Thessalonki, Greece, took part in the visit. The purpose was to explore the health and wellbeing innovation ecosystems in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region.


Besides exploring co-creation and collaboration within and between the multi-stakeholder ecosystems, another aim of the visit to Finland was to be acquainted with Laurea's campuses, activities and cooperation with different actors in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region. During the three-day visit, the participants had excursions to Laurea Tikkurila and Lohja campuses, the latter having been opened last year. In Espoo, the participants familiarised themselves with the cooperation between Laurea and the Service Centre of the City of Espoo in the Iso Omena shopping mall.


On the last day of the visit, the program explored various health and wellbeing ecosystems in the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region. At Terkko Health Hub in Meilahti, Helsinki, the participants were introduced to Health Capital Helsinki, Helsinki University Hospital Testbed and VRLab, The National Program for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Healthcare and Wellbeing in Finland (Hyteairo), Forum Virium Helsinki wellbeing pilots in Kalasatama, and CleverHealth Network. The program also included discussions on FAIR data and ethics, as well as a workshop on the next steps for cross-border collaboration.


The visit is followed by continuing discussions and planning of further collaboration. Laurea has also ongoing collaborative projects and new project openings with both HES-SO and Aristotle University.