International Week in Health Care, Rehabilitation and Social Services

 @ Metropolia, 12 - 16 March 2018

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences warmly welcomes faculty members and students from its partner institutions to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas as well as to create inspiring networks under theme “Co-creating Well-being” from 12 to 16 of March 2018.

Topics for the workshops, panels and presentations may include:

  • Cultural competence
  • Qualified Empathy
  • Ethics
  • Developing multi-professional collaboration
  • Digital storytelling as a tool to support well-being
  • Co-creating well-being with women, infants and families
  • Co-creating well-being with people with from low socio-economic groups
  • Leadership and internationalization of social and health care sector

Network opportunities
International Week offers opportunities for project planning, meeting your colleagues and good opportunities to find new partners.

Registration and abstracts

Deadline for registration 30 November 

  • Online registration for faculty members (closed)
  • Online registration for visiting Students (closed)

Deadline for abstracts 15 December

  • Please submit your abstract online (closed). The number of files not limited. File size maximum is 25MB

Fees and costs 
There is no participation fee for the International Week, however the participants are responsible for their own costs (including travel, accommodation and living).

Programme of the Week

12 March

Registration, opening and get-together from 4 pm onwards.
Address: Bulevardi 31, Helsinki (4th floor, Assembly Hall)

  • Registration opens at 16:00, 4th floor, Assembly Hall
  • Opening at 17:00 by Riitta Konkola, President, CEO of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  • Co-creating Well-being theme by Toini Harra, Principal lecturer at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
  • Welcome words by Marianne Pitkäjärvi on behalf of organising committee
  • Meet the International Week participants & hosts 

13 March

Presentations open to all student groups (programme)
Address: Bulevardi 31, Helsinki (3rd floor, Auditorium P317)

Multi professional competencies in Health care and social services (meta skills) from 9:00-10:15

  • Refugees, migrants & resilience presentation by Anne Kooiman from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Protective wrapping: a culture sensitive approach in social work by Marijke Steegstra and Fernanda Wessels from HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Qualified Empathy by Leigh Anne Rauhala and Eija Raatikainen from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Well being across the life span from 10:45 - 12:00 

  • Bingociz by Jean Neils-Strunjas from Western Kentucky University, USA
  • Co-creating family well-being from an occupational perspective by Ank Eijkelkamp from Artevelde University College, Belgium
  • Deradicalisation or repolitisation in youth work? by Reyhan Görgöz and Tim Vanhove from Artevelde University College, Belgium

Development trends in health care and social services from 13:00 - 14:15 

  • Improvement knowledge in health- and welfare operations - preliminary results from a study on experienced effects of a Swedish master programme in quality improvement and leadership in health and welfare by Annika Nordin from Jönköping University, Sweden
  • The duty of candour by Patricia Perry from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
  • Dramatic effect: enhancing nurse education about the integration of health and social care through performance by Fiona Bastow and Louise Hoyle from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Service Learning from 14:45 - 16:00 

  • Digital Storytelling Workshop: Make your own Digital Story Presenters by Paula M. Sheridan from Whittier College, USA
  • Children & Media by Karin Klooster and Annemiek Woolthuis from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Creating well-being and cultural competency through service learning by Donna Acerra, Hope Horowitz and Erin Reilly from Northampton Community College, USA

Student Welcome Event
Location: Metropolia Bulevardi 31 Campus, room U104 from 16:00 - 20:00

14 March

Address: Jauhokuja 3 (Myllypuro), Helsinki (Liikuntamylly)

  • Presentation: Learning multi-disciplinary development: Metropolia’s Innovation Project MINNO® by Juha Järvinen, Specialist at 9:30 and at 11:00
  • After the presentation guests will have a chance to learn more about students´ projects 

R&D Share and Hear meeting from 14-16:00 in Bulevardi CampusMore information and separate registration

International Week Dinner for faculty members on Wednesday evening at 
Restaurant Konstan Möljä
Address: Hietalahdenkatu 14, Helsinki

Thursday 15 March

Student Sitsit, International Dinner - Max 20 students - Fully booked



Addition to the general programme the degree programmes have arranged lectures and workshops for the week. Also the student organisation Soffa ry has organised special programme for the students. Check the programmes below.


Accommodation and Other Practical Information


Helsinki is a relatively small capital city and the public transportation system is excellent.

Arrival to Helsinki
The nearest airport is the Helsinki Airport, which has good connections to all the European capitals and to the USA and Asia. The airport is 20 kilometres away from the city centre of Helsinki, and the public transport system provides two connections: the trainride takes about 40 minutes and the busride takes about 50 minutes.

  • Ring Rail Line trains I and P between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. Train runs every 10 minutes during daytime.
  • The local bus number 615 between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. The bus leaves from right outside the arrival terminals.

A regional ticket is required for journeys from Helsinki to the airport and vice versa. Purchase your ticket from a ticket machine or conductor. A night fare is charged 2am-4.30am.

Journey Planner will find you the best the public transportation connections in Helsinki region.

There are also Finnair shuttle buses between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station. The Finnair shuttle bus is slightly more expensive than the local bus.

There are also taxis available at the airport, including some special Airport Taxis or Yellow Taxis, which have cheaper rates for groups of clients going in the same direction.

Apart from flying, you can also arrive in Helsinki by sea from Sweden, Estonia, Germany and Poland. The ferry options include e.g. Viking Line, Tallink Silja and Finnlines.

Other practical information

Practicalities, Erasmus and other official documents

Practicalities, Erasmus and other official documents

Eija Tamminen

International Coordinator
email: eija.tamminen (at)
tel: +358 40 5224911

Laura Karilainen

International Coordinator
email: laura.karilainen (at)
tel: +358 40 6533345

International Coordinators will sign the participants' official documents, such as Erasmus Work Programmes, either beforehand upon request, or after arrival. All participants will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.

Location on map