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International week

Dear partners and friends, you are warmly invited to join our International Week between 12th and 14th March, 2024.

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This year our International Week will be held on our main campus in Kokkola and the event will focus on different aspects of global challenges and how we could solve them – all this from the perspective of our study fields. Our students and staff members are invited to join the programme – and we wish to see you with us, too!

There will be interesting lectures, presentations, panel discussions and workshops in the programme, and you will have the possibility to meet Centria students, teachers and staff members to network and strengthen the cooperation between our institutions. We hope to have many interesting discussions along with sharing insights and ideas with fellow-minded people – not to forget the opportunity to enjoy some social events in good company!

We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to Centria UAS in March 2024!

Information regarding the International Week

International Week Programme

  • 10.00–12.00 Opening of the International Week (Amphi)
  • Lunch
  • 13.00–14.00 Media Responsibility and the Importance of Media Criticism in an Age of Global Crises (Amphi)
    • Media Researcher Mikko Hautakangas
  • 14.10–15.10 KEYNOTE: Internationalization as a vehicle for societal transformation (Amphi)
    • Professor Jonas Stier, Mälardalen University
  • 15.15–16.00 Challenges & Possibilities of AI: How AI is applied at Centria (Amphi)
    • RDI Expert Sergei Alekseev, Centria UAS
  • 16.00–18.00 Opening Reception (Amphi & campus restaurant)

  • 9.00–10.00 Examples of best practices and experiences in organizing BIP courses (Amphi)
    • Head of Degree programmes Pirjo Forss-Pennanen, Vesa Nuorva and Timo Kinnunen, Centria UAS
  • 10.15–10.35 Hydrogen economy – hype or not (Amphi)
    • Principal Lecturer Aki Suokko, Centria UAS
  • 10.40–11.10 Centria RDI in brief
    • Director, RDI Marko Forsell, Centria UAS
  • 11.15–12.00 Campus tour
  • Lunch
  • 13.00–15.00 Hydrogen – the missing piece in the energy transition puzzle (Amphi)
    • Lecturer Oscar Grooten, Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • 15.15–16.00 Centria R&D: Innovative learning – international experience (Amphi)
    • Prof. Dr. Katrin Dziergwa, HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences (participates remotely)
    • Lecturer Heikki Ahonen, Centria UAS
    • RDI specialist Johanna Hautamäki, Centria UAS

Evening programme

  • 9.00–11.00 Mechanics – strength of materials (Classroom 156)
    • Prof. Dr. Eng. Volker Siegismund, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Mosbach Campus Bad Mergentheim
  • 10.00–11.30 The effects of war on international trade & the effectiveness of sanctions (Amphi)
    • Professor Kristina Avramchenko, Universidad CEU San Pablo
  • 11.30–12.00 Sharing exchange experiences (Amphi)
    • Centria students
  • 12.00–13.30 Closing ceremony and lunch (Amphi & campus restaurant)

The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event programme.

There is also a possibility to request a meeting with a specific Centria staff member of any expertise (HR, IT, finance, RDI, etc.). Please specify your wishes and send them to and we will try our best to organize the meeting.


The registration is closed. There is no separate participation fee. However, all participants reserve and pay for their own flights and accommodation. You can use the Erasmus+ funds of your own university for these costs. Please note, that the number of guests is limited. The registration is binding, so it is better to wait for the confirmation from us before booking the trip.

Practical information

The International Week will be held on our main campus in Kokkola. Address: Talonpojankatu 2, 67100 Kokkola, Finland.

See the Centria campus map

See the map of the campus area

See the Centria campus on Google Maps

There are a few hotels in Kokkola that you might find interesting. All of them are located near the city centre and quite close to our campus, too.

Original Sokos Hotel Kaarle

Hotel Kokkola

Hotel Seurahuone, Kokkola

Airbnb and offer also flats and cottages to rent.

If you arrive in Finland by plane, we suggest you fly to Helsinki and then take the train to Kokkola from the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. The train station in Kokkola is located in the city centre. The train from the airport to Kokkola takes usually around 4–5 hours. More information and timetables:

It is also possible to fly to Kokkola-Pietarsaari Airport. You can find more information on the airport’s website. Bear in mind that it is a very small airport with very few services, and it is also a bit further away from Kokkola city centre. There is no bus connection to Kokkola and no vacant taxis waiting for the arriving passengers. The only way to get from the airport to Kokkola is to preorder a taxi. You can book the taxi service from one of the following operators:

Kokkolan Taksiliikenne Oy, +358 100 85 111,

Kokkolan Aluetaksi Oy, +358 440 568 887,

Taxi Jari, +358 40 169 5507,

Contact us

Official documents such as Erasmus+ Mobility Agreements and invitations are issued and signed upon request by the International Office.

In case you have any questions or concerns regarding The International Week, you can contact our International Office for further assistance at