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ARCTIC Summer school

Lapland University of Applied Sciences, School of Business and Culture is organizing a multidisciplinary Arctic Summer School on

International Business and Innovations in the Arctic, 10 ECTS


Why you should participate:

Experts from all over the world

Through co-operation with partner universities throughout the world and the Fulbright Speaker Program, interesting opportunities are provided at the summer school on themes that will help you to discover the Arctic from different prospectives.

Unique Arctic region expertise

Students will have the opportunity to gain an expertise in Artic business, economics, environment, cross-border cooperation through learning in an international environment, interactive study approach, workshops and field trip.

Develop your own business idea and gain new international network

The school will be beneficial for everyone interested in increasing general Arctic competence and strengthening business related competences such as: innovation´s project management and problem-solving, intercultural communication, leadership and team work, multidisciplinary working and digital competence. Your studies will result in innovative business ideas and new networks.

Participate to gain an innovative learning experience

Finland is known for its high education quality standards. During the summer school, you will have an opportunity to experience innovative educational approach. We take the learning beyond traditional lecturing and we get outside classroom setting as much as possible. Among other, we will use such tools as problem based learning, cause-effect analysis, learning café, futures window, spotting innovative opportunity, speed networking, creative steps 2.0.

Trough hands-on and experiential learning approach each day will bring you unique experiences and discovery of the magic Arctic and Finnish Lapland!

Time and place of the Summer School:
6 August – 31 August 2018

Rovaniemi, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland, School of Business and Culture

Format: Summer school is implemented in two phases: two weeks full-time learning, workshops and seminars in Rovaniemi, Finland and two day study tour in Finnish Lapland region; two following weeks studies are conducted on-line: instructions, supervised teamwork and tasks are performed in virtual learning environment and it can be done from anywhere in the world. Through intensive four week studying programme students can earn 10 ECTS.
Schedule of the Summer School:
Week 1 and 2, 6.8.-17.8.2018 studies in CAMPUS in Rovaniemi in Finland. Face-to-face lectures and fieldwork activities. Two days field trip in Finnish Lapland.

Week 3, 20.8.-24.8.2018 ONLINE instructions and project activities (performed on distance on-line)

Week 4, 27.8-31.8.2018 INDEPENDENT teamwork and final course assignment (performed on distance on-line)

Course content:

I Building a background on Arctic Business and Innovations

Interactive learning on the following topics :

Arctic today: global trends and development in the Arctic (economics, environment, climate change, international business, politics)
Cross-Cultural dimensions, including indigenous livelihoods
Entrepreneurship and Innovations, Sources of innovation in the Arctic
Case studies, including tourism, forestry and nature, ICT, various local industries
Arctic Futures workshop
Building Arctic Network Seminar - an interactive side event that gathers together Arctic experts from different fields and is a platform for knowledge exchange, discussions and networking

II Field visits and study tour in Finnish Lapland

Two days study tour across the Finnish Lapland with the overnight in the Arctic wilderness. Various visits to local industries, reindeer farm, nature parks and other tourism sites aiming at deepening Arctic knowledge and understanding.

III Business innovation project

Based on the multidisciplinary Arctic background built in previous sessions, students carry out a real life based Arctic innovation project through the set of team workshops and guided step-by-step approach based on so called Creative Steps 2.0 methodology. Students have an opportunity to develop and test their own business idea linked to the Arctic development or work on a business case provided by actual Arctic company
Language of instructions: English
completion of the summer school, students will receive a certificate of Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

Accommodation: Lapland University of Applied Sciences will assist with accommodation arrangements. The costs are to be covered by the participants themselves.

Transportation: Lapland University of Applied Sciences would arrange for pick-ups and drop-offs from the local airport, train or bus station. Travel costs are to be covered by the participants themselves.


Students of Lapland UAS and Kajaani UAS:
participation by selected students of Lapland UAS and Kajaani UAS is subject to a fee of 150€

Other applicants: participation by selected students is subject to a fee of 800€

The fee entitles the students to the following benefits:

10 ECTS study programme, all learning events (lectures, workshops, moderated company visits, certificate upon completion)
Organised two days study trip to discover Finnish Lapland and Arctic wilderness. Transportation and one night accommodation in traditional Finnish cottage are included in the fee.
Building Arctic Network Seminar
Visit to Santa Claus village and organised free-time activities in the nature of Lapland
Application and selection process of students
Students from any study field at their home university are eligible. Submit your application for the summer school from February 15 by April 30, 2018 to your home university or directly to Lapland UAS by filling in application form ( see the link below) . Please include your motivation letter. In case the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats, students´ selection will be based on their motivation. Your commitment and readiness to actively contribute and participate in all learning events will be of high importance as well.


DEADLINE April 30, 2018
For more information please contact:
Anzelika Krastina: anzelika.krastinaLapin AMK sähköposti harmaa
International Coordinator&Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Culture, Lapland University of Applied Sciences

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