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Entrepreneurship and innovative capacity in higher education and vocational education and training

1.2.2017 - 31.12.2018


The purpose of the evaluation is to produce information about factors that promote or hinder entrepreneurship and innovation at the level of operating culture in vocational education and training as well as higher education. The point of view will be that of students and entrepreneurs.

In addition to information, the project produces opportunities for dialogue to improve mutual understanding and to increase interaction between various operators and levels of operations.


The evaluation is carried out from multiple perspectives, using a variety of materials. Information is gathered using questionnaires, interviews and workshops, and through the examination of existing materials. Results of the evaluation are published throughout the project in related events, written summaries and feedback providers of vocational education and training as well as higher education institutions. Final reporting is carried out with attention to the multiple perspectives and the specific information needs of the different interest groups.

Senior advisors Johanna Kolhinen and Juha Vettenniemi from FINEEC will manage the project execution. An external group of experts has been appointed to support the evaluation.

Project plan (in Finnish)


The evaluation will be carried out in three phases between 2017 and 2018. All higher education institutions and providers of vocational education and training will be included in the evaluation.


  • October 2017: Student questionnaires open on 2 October 2017, distribution: providers of vocational education and training as well as higher education institutions
  • Early 2018: Provider-specific early feedback, vocational education and higher education


Members of the group of experts, 1 April 2017 – 31 May 2018:

Student entrepreneurship specialist Tapio Auvinen (Junior Achievement Finland)
Development manager Jatta Herranen (North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium)
Professor (emeritus) in education Esa Poikela (University of Lapland; Docent, University of Tampere)
CEO Matti Petteri Pöntiö (Helsinki Think Company)
Director of entrepreneurship Elena Ruskovaara (Lappeenranta University of Technology)
Director Veli-Matti Lamppu (Federation of Finnish Enterprises)
Rector Vesa Taatila (Turku University of Applied Sciences)
Innovation director Elina Ylikoski (Humak University of Applied Sciences)


E-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@karvi.fi

Senior Advisor Johanna Kolhinen, +358 29 533 5534

Senior Advisor Juha Vettenniemi, +358 29 533 5547


December 31
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