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12 December, 2018 - 01:05 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge and Finnish universities form research and academic alliance

Anglia Ruskin University and the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)  have signed a formal agreement to strengthen co-operation in education, research and development, as well as promote international student and staff exchange.

The agreement was signed in Mikkeli, Finland, by Anglia Ruskin University’s acting vice-chancellor Professor Roderick Watkins, Jyrki Koivikko, chairman of the board of Xamk, and Heikki Saastamoinen, president and CEO of Xamk.

The deal promotes progression from undergraduate study at Xamk to masters degree programmes at Anglia Ruskin while at the same time the opportunity to study a masters programme at Xamk will be promoted to Anglia Ruskin undergraduates.

The agreement aims to increase the mobility of students and staff between the two partner universities while also fostering the joint preparation and implementation of research and development projects for the benefit of both universities.

Heikki Saastamoinen said: “This agreement strengthens Xamk’s internationalization goals, and creates excellent conditions for developing education and expertise within a major European knowledge cluster. Co-operation also involves an entrepreneurial and start-up environment that empowers Xamk to exchange expertise with companies in the Cambridge area.”

Professor Roderick Watkins, acting vice-chancellor of Anglia Ruskin, added: “The partnership reflects our joint ambition to develop research, international recruitment, enterprise and enhanced student opportunities across a range of common interests. We look forward to a long term and diverse partnership.”

Students from 177 countries gain qualifications with ARU in four continents. Students, academics, businesses and partners all benefit from its facilities and ARU has invested £100 million over the last five years and plans to invest a further £91m over the next five.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS:  Heikki Saastamoinen (left), Prof Roderick Watkins (centre) and Jyrki Koivikko

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