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Research & projects

The Åland University of Applied Sciences leads or participates in a number of development projects. Åland UAS has the role of initiator and driving force in various projects financed by the EU or by the Åland autonomy authorities.

Ongoing projects

  • Sustainable Flow is a Central Baltic Interreg project where The Åland University of Applied Sciences is a partner with seven other partners in the Baltic region. The project aims to reduce CO2-emissions in the project’s seven pilot ports and also develop an online open-access tool to assist in the process. Investments in solar panels and demonstrating the effect they have on CO2-reduction is also part of the actions in the project.

    The project involves institutions from Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. The Åland University of Applied Sciences is one of the project partners and SAMK, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, is lead part.

    Project partners

    • SAMK – Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland
    • Åland University of Applied Sciences, Åland
    • Fintraffic VTS, Finland
    • Sjöfartsverket – the Swedish Maritime Administration, Sweden
    • Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises, Sweden
    • ITDA, International Transport Development Association, Latvia
    • TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

    The ports of Raumo, Pori, Mariehamn, Tallinn, Riga, Oxelösund and Norrköping are the pilot ports for the project.

    Project period

    May 1, 2023 – May 31, 2026.

    Project manager

    Project Manager for Åland University of Applied Sciences is Mattias Eriksson.

    You can read more about Sustainable flow here.

A few previous projects

  • Open competition for food craftsmen that leads to product development and knowledge exchange. The competition is arranged on Åland islands 18-20 March 2021 with competitors from Åland, all areas of the Nordic region and the Baltic countries. The purpose of the national competitions in food crafts is to preserve and develop local food cultures, make the food craft known and stimulate its development. The Association Mathantverkarna i Finland r.f. owns the rules for the competition. A contest motivates the food craftsmen to develop their company and their products as they receive feedback from a jury consisting of experts and consumers. The event promotes Åland islands as a food destination and leads to collaboration between educations and rural entrepreneurs on Åland. In connection with the contest, free seminars are arranged for visitors. An overarching theme for the seminars is sustainability.

  • The project “Active Ageing Online” introduced a new support service within the geriatric care on the Åland Islands as a qualitative and economically profitable complement to traditional home care.

    The project started in March 2013 and ended in February 2015.

    During the course of the project the goals were to implement the support service in a minimum of 10 municipalities and to have at least 50 elderly included in the use of the service, to have it used within the health service system and to have teaching of the subject included in the curriculum in the upper secondary school level education for practical nurses.

    Åland University of Applied Sciences led the project. Ålands Yrkesgymnasium; programme for Lifestyle and Health, Nya Apoteket, Central Apoteket, the Public Health Activity House (Folkhälsans Allaktivitetshus) and the municipalities of Eckerö, Brändö, Jomala, Föglö and Mariehamn also participated in the project.

    The project was financed by The Government of Åland (Ålands Landskapsregering)

  • The Bergkulla foundation granted the Åland University of Applied Sciences a grant of 20 000 € per year during 2012, 2013 and 2014 for a biogas project. The university employed a project manager to lead the project which is gave the teachers at the technology programmes additional possibilities for further education.

    Project owner was Åland University of Applied Sciences and it was financed by The Bergkulla Foundation.

  • In 2012 and 2013 the Åland University of Applied Sciences participated in the EU project Intermar together with 17 other maritime colleges and universities with language training as a specialty. The goal of this project was for seafarers to use more languages on board and in contact with other nationalities.

    Related languages are understandable when used in specific contexts, both oral situations and texts. With that attitude, life-long learning of several languages and deeper understanding of other cultures becomes inevitable. Improved communication will be a consequence of this. The fact that English remains the professional maritime language is a given thing, but in many situations, good communication fails due to a single-minded belief that anything that is not English is incomprehensible.

  • Sustainability in Finance, SuFi, is a Central Baltic Interreg project that started in the spring of 2020. The Aland University of Applied Sciences is one of the partners in this project.

    The goal with the SuFi project is to develop a vocational Sustainability in Finance open online module for vocational education and training (VET) by involving students, teachers and stakeholders in new competence and modular development. The outcome of SuFi project is an open online finance module (15 etc) within business education to meet new competence needs. The module will be rooted in all partner institutions and made available for all, on an open educational platform (Moodle).

    More information about the project can be found at www.sufi.fi.