How can higher education institutes intensify their collaboration and encourage their staff to change ideas and knowledge in a motivating way? What are the elements of a fruitful, visible and long-term partnership and cooperation? How can higher education institutes strengthen their role as developers of the future cities and societies?
Recently published “Beyond the Ordinary”, a joint publication of HTW Berlin and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, shares ideas and insights of collaboration, partnership and applied research in the capital area development. The aim is to enable transmission of knowledge and increase inclusiveness within education, research and the society.
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW Berlin) have maintained close contacts with each other for many years, sharing information and expertise in the field of higher education. As they are both located in their respective capital cities, the two universities face similar challenges and opportunities; a fact which played a key role in the decision to intensify the cooperation with a strategic partnership agreement in 2011.
Cooperation activities include e.g. a joint study programme in Construction and Real Estate Management, student and employee exchanges, joint research activities as well as regular meetings in forums, workshops, seminars and conferences.
“The idea of this publication originates from a joint conference held in Berlin in October 2015 and is largely based on the papers presented in it. As it often happens, not all the ideas for the publication came true and not all the presentations were afterwards written in the form of an article. "Beyond the Ordinary", however, describes eminently the very core of the shared collaborative culture and the public−private−people partnership in the metropolitan areas that are infused in the DNA of both universities of applied sciences”, describes Tuire Ranta-Meyer, editor of the publication and Director of Stakeholder Relations & Strategic Partnerships at Metropolia.
Part one of the publication concentrates on collaboration and partnerships in a general perspective. The opening article, written by Vice President, Dr. Prof. Matthias Knaut and Tuire Ranta-Meyer, sheds light on the background and reasons why a strategic partnership was a natural and motivating step in the cooperation process between HTW Berlin and Metropolia.
Part two opens up conversations about future cities and their challenges. Articles in this part discuss themes such as healthy urban environment, energy usage and the role of higher education in the future city development.
“What can be seen from these articles are the limitless possibilities arising from the multidisciplinary nature and high expertise of the both organizations. Because of this, the strategic partnership between HTW Berlin and Metropolia definitely continues as fruitful, and we are bettering our capital areas together”, conclude Metropolia’s President, CEO Riitta Konkola and President of HTW Berlin Klaus Semlinger in their foreword of “Beyond the Ordinary”.
Metropolia Valovirta Design students Tuuli Ollikainen, Janne Nurmi and Timo Bontenbal have played a significant role in designing the visual elements, layout and user interface of the e-publication.
"What an fantastic experience to collaborate closely with our talented and ambitious students", says Ranta-Meyer. "I am proud and obliged that the design and implementation of "Beyond the Ordinary" is fulfilling our mission i.e. relying on our own students and letting them shine", she says.
"Beyond the Ordinary" is the first publication of the joint series called "Perspectives and Practices in HTW and Metropolia UAS Partnership." Ideas of themes and topics for the 2018 publication are already existing and will be worked up in the next conference in Berlin.
To the publication >> http://perspectives.metropolia.fi/
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