Professor Kurt Allman (Director of Keele Management School) and Professor Mihaela Kelemen (KMS/CASIC) visited Turku University in Finland on a mission to forge closer links between KMS and Turku School of Economics and between CASIC and the Finnish Centre for Collaborative Research (CCR). Hosted by Dr. Aki Koponen, CCR Director, the visit included two round tables. The first discussed the challenges of HEIs in supporting regional business growth across traditional manufacturing industries as well as new start-ups in sectors. As the Turku region has managed to retain internationally competitive ship-building capabilities as well as being home to online gaming companies, participants drew parallels with the current situation in the Stoke-on Trent area.
The second round table focused on Culture, Arts and Higher Education and centered on Professor Kelemen’s presentation of the achievements and aspirations of the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC). Both events attracted a diverse audience of practitioners and academics who engaged in a lively exchange of ideas and practices across the two countries. Professor Kelemen also presented her Connected Communities research findings to PhD students from the Human Research Department, while Professor Allman visited the Boost Incubator, whilst only 7 months old, was already incubating
pre-start ups and born-global businesses.