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International Week for Non-Teaching Staff at Metropolia UAS

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences welcomes higher education institution services staff from its partner institutions to participate in its 10th International Staff Week on April 20 - 22, 2021.

This staff week will be completely online, and is hosted in cooperation with our 3AMK partners, Laurea and Haaga-Helia. This means that participants will get to know the operations and practices of all three universities of applied sciences.

Staff week participants from year 2019.

Quick facts

  • When: April 20 - 22, 2021

  • Where: Online

  • Target group: Higher education institution services staff from Metropolia's partner institutions

  • Application deadline: 18 March, 2021

  • No participation fee

More info

Preliminary programme of the week

Tuesday 20 April, 2pm - 5pm (Finnish time)

  • Introduction to Metropolia and 3AMK
  • Crash Course on Finnish Language and Culture
  • Introduction to Metropolia's Services

Wednesday 21 April, 2pm - 5pm (Finnish time)

Unit-specific Programme

Available units (unit programme descriptions can be found below the programme):

In the evening there will be an optional cocktail event on Zoom. More information will be updated on this page later.

Thursday 22 April, 2pm - 5pm (Finnish time)

  • Afternoon coffee meet-up
  • Wrap-up of the Week
  • Keynote Speech


Marketing & Communications

14.00-14.10 Welcome & Warm up 

14.10-14.50 Keep communicating – Don't forget your alumni 

15.00-15.20 Piloting new medias – Cases: TikTok & Jodel 

15.20-15.40 Students as brand ambassadors 

15.50-16.40 Gone virtual – How to tackle big events in a changing world

Career Services

Welcome to the Career & recruiting services’ and HR’s module day on Wednesday 21 April!
Our afternoon includes speeches, interaction and discussion about topics and themes mentioned in the program below.

Program of the module day:

14.00-14.15     Introduction

14.15-14.45     Artificial intelligence and competence anticipation (Research Area Director Ari Alamäki)

14.45-15.00     Cuckoo break exercise and short break

15.00-15.30     Career services’ best practices

15.30-16.15     Best practices in recruitments during the pandemic

See you soon!

R&D Services

Welcome to the Research, Development and Innovation -module of International Staff Week!

The RDI-module takes place on Wednesday 21st of April 2021 from 2 pm to 5 pm (GMT +3). We offer introductions to the projects and collaboration platforms of the RDI-services in the three Universities of Applied Sciences Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia, which forms the 3AMK strategic alliance in Finland. Moreover, we encourage participants to join conversations and share their own experiences and ideas especially about projects, funding and collaboration, and possibly finding potential project partners.

The schedule is planned as follows:

  • 2:00 pm 3AMK introduction video
  • 2:05 pm Opening words by Salla Huttunen, Vice President, Haaga-Helia 
  • 2:20 pm Short introductions of the participants (name, organization, title)
  • 2:30 pm Sustainable urban development - project preparations and ongoing projects, Mona Roman, Metropolia
  • 2:40 pm Prosperous person, safe environment - project preparations and ongoing projects, Petri Tani, Laurea
  • 2:50 pm Designing future work - project preparations and ongoing projects, Taina Laivola, Haaga-Helia
  • 3:00 pm Q&A discussion session - Project funding opportunities (Iris Humala)
  • 3:25 pm Break and gymnastics exercise by students
  • 3:45 pm Laurea Living Labs - Teemu Santonen
  • 3:55 pm Haaga-Helia Labs - Emotion AI in research - Heidi Kock
  • 4:05 pm Helsinki XR Center in Metropolia - Janina Rannikko
  • 4:15 pm Q&A discussion session - Project cooperation and funding for collaboration platforms
  • 4:40 pm Summary of the module and closing words

After the module, around 5 pm, we have an afterwork meeting in another Zoom session with all International Staff Week participants, you are all welcome!

International Services

The International Office module consists of three workshops. You will be divided into breakout rooms that switch for each workshop, to facilitate meeting as many people as possible in a virtual environment. The workshop topics are below. You can prepare by thinking about which practices from your own institution you wish to share at the workshop.

  1. Elephant in the Room: Dealing with the Coronavirus

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room! We will cover such questions as: the most creative solution you have found to pandemic-related problems? Continuing exchange activities during the pandemic - pros and cons? If all exchange activities got suspended, what activities did your international office focus on?

  1. Green Erasmus for the Outgoing Student

The grass might be greener on exchange, but how to make exchange greener? We will discuss different ways of implementing a more sustainable student exchange experience, such as supporting alternative forms of travel and educating outgoing students on keeping it green while living abroad.

  1. Wellbeing Tips and Tricks

What keeps your boat afloat during uncertain times? We will share wellbeing practices pertaining to both mobile students and us international staff. Whether it be supporting your students or keeping yourself engaged in work, all ideas are welcome!


Library Services

14.00 Welcome and introduction to 3UAS library co-operation

14.20 Introduction of participants

14.40 Break

14.50 E-materials - introduction and workshop

15.50 Break

16.00 Open science - introduction and workshop

17.00 Session ends


Student Services

14.00 Welcome words, programme and schedule. Introduction of the team members responsible of the day.  

14.05 Laurea video (virtual campus tour) 

14.10 Metropolia video (virtual campus tour)

14.15 Haaga-Helia video (virtual campus tour)

14.20 Ice breaker

14.50 Introduction of the workshop part I  

14.55 Workshop I (2-4 groups)  

15.20 Break  

15.35 Introduction of the workshop part II  

15.40 Workshop II

16.05 Exercise break together 

16.10 Groups introduces their work

16.30 Wrap up

16.35 Free discussion about the topic

16.55 Closing words 


Student Wellbeing

What kind of a role does four seasons play in our lives in Finland? How does walking in Nature affect us all? How do these things play out both in your and your students´ lives. Come and join us. Go outside, if you can, and share with your phone a glimpse of your local park for example – or let´s just talk it over wherever you happen to be. 


International Staff Week - Student wellbeing module 21.4.2021, 14.00-17.00 

What kind of a role does four seasons play in our lives in Finland? How does walking in Nature affect us all? How do these things play out both in your and your students´ lives. Come and join us. Go outside, if you can, and share with your phone a glimpse of your local park for example – or let´s just talk it over wherever you happen to be. 

Welcome to the International Staff Week and Student Wellbeing module! This module is offered by 3UAS which is a strategic alliance of three Universities of Applied Sciences in Helsinki Metropolitan area - Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia. 

Student wellbeing services offer individual counselling and support wellbeing among University students as a community. Join us to share ideas and practices about student wellbeing during  and after covid pandemic.   

We are excited to meet colleagues from all over the globe. See you soon!  


The application period closed on 18 March 2021.

Fee payment

The Online Staff Week is free of charge.

Contact information

Anna-Liisa Auramo
tel: +358 40 356 3775
anna-liisa.auramo [at]

Anni Latva-Pukkila
tel: +358 50 331 4588
anni.latva-pukkila [at]