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Action period: 01.05.2019-31.07.2021
Project Manager: Antikainen Marika
Funded by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Council of Tampere Region


The International Talents Accelerating Growth project aims, first of all, to attract international talents to work in the Helsinki region, particularly in the fields struggling with a labour shortage. Secondly, the aim is to support the internationalisation of companies, and thirdly, help  international talents already living in the region to settle in and integrate in the country and the Finnish job market. In addition, the project develops the Helsinki region ecosystem for international talents’ attraction, integration and retention by developing the cooperation and coordination of key interest groups and organisations.

The City of Helsinki coordinates the project. The project partners include the cities of Espoo and Vantaa, Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Hanken School of Economics, Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia universities of applied sciences and Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and Helsinki Business Hub. The project is part of Talent Boost activities and it is funded by the AIKO operations.

The project includes three sections:

  1. attracting international talents
  2. integrating international talents
  3. developing activities to support the employment of international talents

Metropolia’s role in the project is part of the activity 3, focusing on the employability of international students. The project activities include:

  1. integration company cooperation to studies in higher education,
  2. developing and promoting an international talent pool in the Helsinki region
  3. enhancing the demand, growth and visibility of international workforce via company cooperation
  4. organising mentoring programmes, career orientation and training, as well as recruiting and networking events for international degree students, and
  5. supporting internationalisation of companies and employment of international talents via awareness raising campaigns and activities.

Universities of applied sciences hold the main responsibility for the procedure (b).


By the end of the project in July 2021:

The model for coordinating the international talent ecosystem in the Helsinki area has been piloted. This has clarified the roles and responsibilities of different organisations and helped streamline the cooperation with e.g. Business Finland. A mutually beneficial partnership model for activities of the cities and the state has been identified, allowing joint efforts for working towards the goals of the Talent Boost action plan. 

The model for attracting international talents has been developed and established. This has boosted the brand of the Helsinki region as an interesting destination for both work and study, accelerating the immigration of highly skilled workers.

The employment and integration of international talents has become faster and easier in the Helsinki area. Real-time English-language communication to international talents has improved in quality and quantity. In addition, the social and professional networking of spouses of those international talents, who have immigrated to Finland to work, has improved. With that, the emigration of international talents and their families has decreased.

During the project, a sustainable operations model has been created to boost the cooperation of higher education institutions and companies. In addition, the international talent pool of the higher education institutions in the Helsinki region has been compiled. Thanks to new procedures, the employment prospects have improved for international degree students. This has boosted the profits of education investments for the society.

The preparedness for internationalisation of companies and employers has improved with the services developed in the project. For instance, the companies now hold better abilities to recognise and utilise international talent. Thanks to the project, employers are now more aware of the added value that international talents bring to the business and the work community. There is also more know-how to handle issues with international workforce.