Metropolia Business School’s annual International Project Week IPW took place at Leppävaara campus on 16-20 May 2016. The project week focuses on business ethics and includes international lectures as well as practical work on assignments in small groups. This year the event was held for the 12th time.
14 guest lecturers from 10 partner universities from all over Europe worked together with almost 230 students, including 24 visiting students from Germany and the USA. In the core of the week were practical assignments given by the Finnish Red Cross.
The Red Cross representatives Ilpo Kiiskinen, Matti Hetemäki and Johanna Kylmäkoski kicked off the event on 16.5. by presenting the Red Cross's activities and giving the tasks for student groups. The topics of the assignments related to developing the volunteer work and the activities for young people at Red Cross.
The week culminated in poster presentations on Friday 20.5. The students felt that the assignments were rewarding and interesting, but also challenging. The Red Cross representatives listened to all 22 proposals and selected their top 3 ideas for further use. In the award ceremony, the Red Cross representatives praised the students for their active work on the challenges, versatility of ideas as well as innovativeness. The posters will next be seen in the central office of the Finnish Red Cross and the best proposals will be presented on the FRC website.
The main organizers of the week, Head of Degree Programme Minna Kaihovirta-Rapo, as well as senior lecturers Anne-Mari Raivio and John Greene were very satisfied with the project week and co-operation with the FRC.
"Co-operating with companies and other organizations is a core activity and a strong part of the profile of the universities of applied sciences. In many cases our work will directly benefit the co-operation partners. It was also nice to see how both the visiting lecturers as well as the students found their own view points to the topics.”
The atmosphere on Friday’s poster session was enthusiastic and energetic. The week required a lot of preparation from the organizers, but as Minna Kaihovirta-Rapo stated at the end of the week: “Happy participants are the best reward for us".
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Photos by Marko Korkeakoski