Webinar 10.6.2021: Structural Change – SMEs and resilient rural regions

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Planning for Structural Change – SMEs and resilient rural regions

The webinar will raise new views and research results on SMEs’ resilience in rural regions. How the growth and internationalization can be supported by different regional policy instruments? What we can learn from and how we can advance the Triple Helix model?

Presentations
  • Matti Muhos, Director, Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu – Opening
  • John Hobbs, Senior Lecturer Economics, Munster Technological University (MTU), Ireland – Co-learning in FOUNDATION
  • Marjo Kolehmainen, CEO, Federation of Finnish Enterprises Northern Ostrobothnia
  • Tiina Rajala, Development Director, Council of Oulu Region
  • Jaakko Simonen, Associate professor, Department of Economics, Accounting and Finance in Oulu Business School, University of Oulu
Panel discussion: Strengthening the competitiveness of SMEs in rural regions - Triple-helix collaboration in rural regions

Grounding for the discussion: Ossi Kotavaara, Research director, Regional Excellence (REx), Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu – FOUNDATION regional analysis

Panelists

  • Janne Hietaniemi, Project Manager, International affairs, NIHAK ry
  • Ville Isoherranen, ‎Director, School of Engineering and Natural Resources, Oulu University of Applied Sciences
  • Tapio Koivu, Vice Rector for Education, the University of Oulu
  • Tiina Rajala, Development Director, Council of Oulu Region
  • Tiina Suutari, Group Leader, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Northern Ostrobotnia

FOUNDATION regional analysis of growing and international SMEs at Nivala-Haapajärvi sub-region gives a grounding for the discussion. What kind of message we would wish to transfer for regional policy developers? How research, development, and innovation (RDI) activities, (location-free) education, and structural funds instruments could better support the competitiveness of SMEs in rural regions?

The webinar is arranged by Regional Excellence (REx) research group on Thursday 10.6.2021 at 12-14 EET as a part of FOUNDATION-project, funded by Interreg Europe.

Webinar available at University of Oulu Youtube channel.

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Last updated: 18.6.2021