Metropolia receives international recognition from the World Economic Forum

15.1.2024 - 10:17

On 15 January, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences' multidisciplinary innovation project MINNO received an important recognition from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, for its Reskilling Revolution programme.

The Skills-First Lighthouse recognition is given for practical and innovative activities that benefit society and individuals by identifying, strengthening and articulating skills in a work-life context.

"This international recognition is very important for Metropolia. As the largest university of applied sciences in Finland, it is important for us to enable cooperation between students from different fields and cultures and our partners in working life through multidisciplinary innovation projects, or MINNOs. We will do our best to strengthen our students' skills for the changing world of work and also to strengthen the network of our international talents. MINNO acts as a bridge between Metropolia and the working life. It focuses on the real challenges of working life and together we seek new solutions. MINNO projects enable our partners to develop their activities in an innovative way," says Metropolia's President, CEO Riitta Konkola.

Metropolia was recognised for its long-term work, which began in 2008 and has systematically developed the concept of multidisciplinarity, cooperation with working life and student innovation. Innovation projects are part of every student's studies. They aim to teach students to develop innovative solutions to a variety of real-world, work-related challenges during their studies. At the same time, they develop students' entrepreneurial skills, their ability to collaborate with actors from different fields and their ability to think ahead. They strengthen Metropolia's link with the world of work and the students' capacity for innovation.

Metropolia's MINNO projects can combine research, development and learning. The common feature of innovation projects is the renewal and development of services, processes, methods or products in cooperation with partners from working life.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international foundation dedicated to promoting globalisation, free trade and public-private cooperation. Every January, economic and political leaders meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

IHME innovation contest at Metropolia's campus in Arabia. Photo: Emma Duah.
IHME innovation contest at Metropolia's campus in Arabia. Photo: Emma Duah.

Read the news on the World Economic Forum website.

For more information:

Riitta Konkola
President, CEO
riitta.konkola [at] (riitta[dot]konkola[at]metropolia[dot]fi)

Multidisciplinary Innovation Project (MINNO) concept:
Minttu Ripatti
Research and Development Manager, Learning networks and services
Minttu.Ripatti [at] (Minttu[dot]Ripatti[at]metropolia[dot]fi)