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

  • The project OnBoard-Med – Harmonization of on Board Medical Treatment, Occupational Safety and Emergency Skills in Baltic Sea Shipping aims at developing refreshment and e-learning education programmes in the Central Baltic area.

    The shipping industry has become multinational, therefore recognizing problems in education cannot easily be solved on a national level. A cross-border approach is needed to tackle the needs on the labour market, higher risks and new technology.

    Throughout the project life span, the courses will be built, piloted, tested and regularly improved in collaboration with the target groups.The project will result in harmonized and improved courses and skills and those will hopefully become the standard in the field.

    The lead partner in the project is Turun ammattikorkeakoulu and the other participants are Estonian Nautical School, Riga Stradins University in Latvia, Latvian Maritime Academy and Åland UAS.

    The working team on Åland consists of Anna Lundberg, Gunnar Silander,  Ellinor Lindblom and Kairi Jõesalu.

    The project period is from September 2016 until March 2019.

    Contact person

    Project Manager Kairi Jõesalu


    The OnBoard-Med project is financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020. 

  • “The goal is to accomplish a transatlantic crossing by a fully autonomous sailing boat”. Robotic sailing has the potential to become a cost efficient and environmentally friendly alternative for marine research, surveillance and certain transports.

    The project Åland Sailing Robots was initiated by the Åland University of Applied Sciences in January 2013. Åland UAS is committed to continuously be a world leading educational provider in seafaring, shipping, marine and electro-technical engineering, computer technology as well as in business administration. The spin off from the project provides knowledge and competencies to our business partners as well as to our students in all of our study programmes.

    Contact person

    Project Manager Anna Friebe

  • The goal is to develop an autonomous mobile marine research platform, using wind and solar energy. This is a resource efficient future option for different types of marine research. The aim is to further develop Åland Islands’ competency and innovation regarding unmanned and autonomous shipping and green technology.

    The project Marine Research Platform is planned for 2016-2018. The platform will be evaluated for marine sensor measurements and harbor porpoise monitoring in the Baltic Sea. In addition to Åland University of Applied Sciences it involves marine research expertise and private companies. The marine research platform project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

    Contact person

    Project Manager Anna Friebe

  • Business Lab aims to establish a positive view of entrepreneurship and actively provide companies tools to start their businesses and shorten the time from concept to commercialization. In addition to an office and an entrepreneurial atmosphere companies accepted to Business Lab are offered access to a first-class partner program that includes guiding from leading actors in law, accounting, sales and marketing strategy.

    The combination of energetic entrepreneurs and the expertise available in the network make the Business Lab a valuable concept within Åland’s economy and also highlights Åland University of Applied Sciences as a major source of entrepreneurship. Business Lab has been an ongoing project since 2014 and it is funded by the European Regional Development Fund ERUF and ESF. Companies can apply to Business Lab twice a year.

    Contact person

    Project Leader Britt Biskop

A few previous projects

  • 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 project ARCHOIL – Management of onshore cleanup operations of oil spills in archipelagos started in November 2012 and continued until the end of 2013.

    The aims of the project were to establish collaboration between the neighbouring regions in order to improve the oil protection preparedness in archipelago conditions, create common strategies for oil protection and cross-border operational cooperation and arrange practice opportunities for relevant participants in the region.

    The project was financed by EU Central Baltic Interreg IVA programme with national financiers such as the Government of Åland (Ålands Landskapsregering), the ELY-central and MSB.

    Egentliga Finland (Finland proper), Åland and Stockholm provinces were participating regions in the project. Turku University of Applied Sciences was the project owner, and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki and Åland University of Applied Sciences were partners. The Swedish partner was Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap MSB(Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency).

    Contact Person

    Julia Westerberg

  • 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.

    Contact person

    Erik Hemming

  • To become older is a new phase/stage in life. Aging in general is a time in life where you are particularly disposed to threats against your health and well-being. Mental illness among older people is common whereas depression and anxiety is dominant. Studies show that among 10% of the older population in Åland feels depressed and approximately as many suffers from loneliness. There are also stereotype perception, in society and among staff in the healthcare system, when it comes to older and mental illness. Among other things that mental illness is part of normal aging.

    The focal point of this project is to promote mental health among older people in Åland from a salutogenic person-centered perspective; based on the person’s strengths, abilities, ambitions and needs. The approach is about “doing things together” rather than “doing things for” the person, where the person’s own lust and motivation is the focus of interest.

    An activity coordinator coordinates and if it’s required add activities to already existing resources within the healthcare system, municipalities and the third sector; activities that can promote health among the older at risk for mental illness.
    The role of the activity-coordinator is that together with the elderly, find an appropriate, meaningful activity among local range of activities.

    Contact person

    Erika Boman