The year 2021 edition (22–25, 2021.) of the Savonia International Week week tackled the concept of Human Security which is the underlying theme of Savonia UAS’ strategy and mission – from various point to views. Human Security aims at understanding global vulnerabilities by putting focus at the human level. It reveals a broad participation and trans-disciplinary understanding of security involving multiple fields and providing insights into the varying challenges faced by different groups within communities.  

The core of the International Week was to strengthen the idea how higher education can inspire and promote global responsibility among staff and students as well as in surrounding communities. The week showcased the cooperation in different networks under the concept of Human Security and also officially launched the Human Security Europe Network of European higher education institutions that has involved also Savonia UAS from the very beginning. 

The fundamental purpose of the Human Security Europe Network is to establish a Higher Education cooperation that allows students and staff across Europe to collaborate and share a common view based on the European values and identity through the paradigm of Human Security. This challenging mission is possible to accomplish by combining each participating institute’s diverse but complementary advantages. 

International week offered a platform for launching new co-operative initiatives and developing together new project ideas.


Opening Day’s host: Ms Tiina Naumanen, Viestintäkoulutus Draivi

10.00–12.30 Co-operating in Human Security Networks  

Opening of the Week, President Mervi Vidgrén, Savonia University of Applied Sciences 

Keynote SpeechState Secretary to Foreign Minister Johanna Sumuvuori, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland 

The Climate Crisis is a Humanitarian Crisis, Head/UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit Charlotta Benedek, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Human Security Cooperation in an International Network – Greetings from the Representatives of the Human Security Europe Network: 

-University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, Spain: Josep Bau Macià, Vice Rector for International Relations
- Deggendorf  Institute of Technology, Germany: Prof. Dr. Thomas Spittler, Vice Dean of the European Campus
- Vilniaus kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania: Nijolė Zinkevičienė, Vice Rector for Research and Partnerships
- Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania: Prof. univ. Dr. Carmen Nastase, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Public Administration
- Chernivtsi National University YuriyFedkovych, Ukraine: Ruslan Biloskurskyy, Associated Professor and Dean of Faculty of Economics
-University of Zambia, Zambia: Benson H. Chishala, Dean of School of Agricultural Sciences
- Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland : Jyri Wuorisalo, RDI Adviser in Human Security

13.30–16.30 Tackling the Global Challenges Together  

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Secretary General Petteri Taalas, World Meteorological Organisation

Future of Global Crisis Management – Innovative Approach, Senior Strategic Advisor Antti Häikiö, Security and Defence Policy Directorate/European External Action Service  

The Nexus Approach, Permanent Secretary Jaana Husu-Kallio, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland 

New Cultural Identity in Global Challenges, Artistic Director Johanna Tuukkanen, ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival  

Climate Change and Local CommunitiesChief Mumena of the Kaonde people of North Western Province, Zambia

Health Security, Director General Markku Tervahauta, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare 

9.30–12.00 Workshop 1: Nexus & Collaborative Preparedness Based Regional Roadmaps, Miika Kajanus, Savonia UAS 

A nexus approach offers a sustainable way of addressing the effects of Climate Change and increase resilience. In this workshop we integrate the approach to regional collaborative preparedness model and in this way, to comprehensively address related interdependencies. 

12.30–15.00 Workshop 2: Innovative Methods to Motivate Health Care Students to Learn Infection Prevention and Control Practices, Marja Silén-Lipponen, Savonia UAS 

Infection prevention and control (IPC) has always been an important part of health care professionals’ education. The COVID-19 pandemic shows that IPC knowledge and skills are vital among health care professionals. This workshop presents the learning methods and the learning motivation questionnaire produced during the InovSafeCare project. 

9.30–12.00 Workshop 3: Advantages of Co-creating Innovation in Living Lab Platform, Tiina Arpola, Savonia UAS 

Living Labs are real test beds and experimentation environments where users and producers can co-create innovations. Its main objective is to create new products, services and appropriate infrastructure to the real needs of health care. In this workshop you will learn the advantages of working in Living Lab environment. 

13.00–15.30 Workshop 4: Climate Security, Jyri Wuorisalo, Savonia UAS 

The workshop is looking for new forms of collaboration on how to prepare for extreme weather events. Such an approach allows for more targeted and community-driven solutions that address immediate vulnerabilities while also building resilience and protecting livelihoods in the long-term.

Guest Speakers in the workshop:

Climate Security from a Global and National Perspective, Senior Research Fellow Emma Hakala, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Future Trends: Emerging Hazards and Threats EU May Face, Senior Specialist Pekka Tiainen, The Ministry of the Interior of Finland
New Complex Futures:  The Changing Security Landscape, Executive Director Maria Mekri, SaferGlobe, Peace and Security Think Tank

9.30–12.00 Workshop 5: Boosting Circular Economy by Citizen Engagement, Harri Auvinen, Savonia UAS   

In this co-creation workshop we will define multiple ways to empowering and motivating citizens to circular economy actions. Circular Economy has a great potential to grow and help the society to take climate actions, reduce CO2 emissions and promote sustainable development.

13.00–15.30 Workshop 6: New Cultural Identity in Global Challenges, Raisa Leinonen, Savonia UAS / FULL!

Culture is who we are and what shapes our identity. No development can be sustainable without including culture. From cultural heritage to cultural and creative industries, Culture is both an enabler and a driver of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.  

The programme of the week is free of charge for all the enrolled participants.