Joint Boat Workshop

During 16th to 20th of September, 19 teachers and students from Centria University of Applied Sciences, Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (from Donghua University), and Novia University of Applied Sciences got together at Campus Allegro (Pietarsaari) for a workshop focusing on the boat industry in Ostrobothnia. Baltic Yachts and Kewatec AluBoat Ab Oy are two boat companies from the region that also took part in this workshop as these companies proposed some interior design challenges that the students should work on.

The workshop started with study visits at Kewatec and Baltic Yacht. Company presentations and discussions with representants for the companies gave students clearer ideas on the tasks and inspiration for the workshop. During the day the students were developing the ideas into concepts. During the evenings the participants took part in different programs, including a boat trip, a concert and of course an opportunity to try out the sauna and swim in the ocean.

During the week, students from the three schools and representing eight nationalities, were divided into 3 groups. These teams should together decide which of the challenges from the companies that they would like to work on during the week. On Friday it was time for the final presentations. The three teams presented their design concepts on a door-stopper, a multi-use table, Gimballing fruit bowl as well as a new layout for a cabin.

Patrik Högnabba from Baltic Yacht company gave his comments after students presentations, - I am truly impressed by how much work students have done during only 3 days. There are potentials to bring their ideas into our design team. Of course, there will be many tests to realize each idea in our company.

Anders Aromäki from Novia University of Applied Sciences said: - As teachers or we call ourselves instructors for this workshop, we can see how much multi-national team members inspire each other with their own culture and life experiences. It is interesting to see how students get their design work into company’s strategy.

Tapani Hyvönen, member of International Interior Design Association pointed out that: - As advisers, we supervised students from different cultural backgrounds. I found students not just finished their assignment from companies, but more importantly, brought influential ideas to company’s innovation process.

Minjoo Baek, Korean born lecturer who is now teaching in Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation thinks Finland is a design-orientated country by her first visiting Finland experience. - Finnish people has got talents of design by their lifestyle and also with Finnish tradition.”  Zhang Juan, International Officer from same institute saw positive potential to cross-national universities and local industry cooperation on different levels. 

Sara Åhman, representing Centria UAS stated that this collaborative workshop model will also increase our pedagogical understanding of how to design innovation processes in multi-disciplinary, international teams.

Additional information:

lecturer Sara Åhman, tel. +358 40 729 9973


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