February 10 and 11 a group of 15 Dutch students of Master Project Management (MPM) traveled to Turku (Finland). Together with 30 Finnish MPM students they had an intensive two-day program on sustainability in project management, international and virtual collaboration. Lecturers from Hogeschool Utrecht, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) took care of the interactive lessons. Teppo Neuvonen (TUAS): “We are happy, that we can jointly arrange these PM-courses for our students with leading specialists. We started this joint course package last year with Utrecht, and now we have also Prof. Garry Blair from the MMU lecturing for us on Saturday. Our goal is to develop an internationally recognized PM-education programme within the CARPE-network. Our PM master’s students highlighted this event last year as one of the best in their studies, and I am happy that we can continue and make this a permanent collaboration between our universities. ”
“The cultural experience of the Finnish smoke-sauna and ice swimming is probably something students will remember for a long time too …,” added Neuvonen smiling. The next six weeks, Dutch and Finnish students will be working together remotely on their Sustainability Management Paper. The students need to research two projects from their professional practice and make an impact analysis. They will present their findings to an international panel consisting of lecturers and representatives from the field.