This year, on June 7-8, international partners from Tampere University of Applied Sciences Kirsi Jokipakka, Anne-Maria Makela, Juha Lahtinen, and Carita Prokki visited Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, where the first strategic cooperation agreement with representatives from Finland was signed.
In cooperation with Tampere University of Applied Sciences, a comparative analysis of the different functions of the university – management systems, quality assurance, curriculum development, pedagogical development, human resource management and development, national and international projects – will be carried out.
It is also planned to organize a variety of training, improve its programme and promote both teaching and learning mobility. Attention would also be paid to the development of research. It is expected that co-operation will not be limited to the commitments mentioned above, but that experience in training will also be actively developed.
Partnership with Tampere University of Applied Sciences is strongly related to the mission of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences in order to provide innovation-based higher education studies focused on practical activities and promote applied science and art activities significant for the development of society. Vytautė Giedraitienė, the Senior Specialist at Projects Department of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, emphasizes that the representatives are really satisfied to have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Kaunas University of Applied Sciences academic community, administrative staff, lecturers, and students.
Kaunas University of Applied Sciences had cooperation with Tampere University of Applied Sciences for a long time, implementing exchange programmes with students and lecturers in the field of medicine. From 2020, cooperation began even more vigorously with an objective to establish the European University Alliance “Uninovis” together.
The objective of “Uninovis” is to create an international and interdisciplinary European university with common governance, teaching, and research structures from six higher education institutions. The Alliance focuses on the wider use of data science in all academic fields.