As the climate changes and the Earth’s population increases, regional water management is placed under more and more stress. Three higher education institutions, Häme University of Applied Sciences from Finland, Feevale University from Brazil and VIA University College from Denmark form the Beyond Alliance, whose first research focus area is water. Currently some research topics, such as groundwater conservation, comparing water legislation, and the impact of climate change on rainwater run-off, are already being prepared.
Mona-Anitta Riihimäki, Director of the Bioeconomy Research Unit at HAMK, coordinates the project.
“The goal is to bring together several research groups that combine a diverse range of expertise. This allows for the creation of some genuinely new inventions”, Riihimäki says.
According to Riitta Rissanen, executive director of Arene (Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences), in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences research co-operation like Beyond Alliances have been born, but they are still quite rare.
“The way Beyond Alliance works is remarkable because of its scale and effectivity”, Rissanen says.
The short-term goal is to send out two international funding applications in the fall. In the longer run, the cooperation can be seen in researcher and student exchanges, joint seminars, and publications.
“No doubt we are aiming at international referee publications. With credible partners, we will surely get to write for them,” says Riihimäki.
The project offers students not only student exchange opportunities, but also an abundance of thesis topics.
“If you are even remotely interested in this theme, I recommend that you contact us right away.”
Mona-Anitta Riihimäki, Head of Bioeconomy Research Unit, p. 0505745102, sp. firstname.lastname@example.org
Janne Salminen, Vice Rector, p. 0503429569, sp. email@example.com