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About the project and its objectives

“It is very relevant to know everything about the process of innovation because this is important for our future life and also for our business career.”

- A bachelor student of international business at the Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

CSF - Creative Strategic Foresight project (2011-2013) aims to develop and test a study module which combines creativity with strategic thinking and applied research with education. The study module will assists the tertiary level bachelor students of business, economics and engineering to develop their competences in evaluating and foreseeing changes in business environment, to foster students’ creative capacities in strategic thinking, and to become able to adapt information and innovate.

The study module creates a model of how to combine research with education and business life. It provides students with up-to-date applied research and entrepreneurial information. For example, researchers are involved in teaching, and students participate in applied research. Research and educational material is obtained from companies and other organisations. This will create a realistic enterprise and society oriented framework for the content of the study module.

The CSF study module will be a co-creative environment, which develops new insights and holistic thinking. It integrates different competencies, such as design, business and technology. The study module will be provided in English, and it will combine face-to-face teaching, learning platforms and social media.

The CSF - Creative Strategic Foresight -project is financed by the European Commissions (EU) Lifelong Learning Programmes, Erasmus – multilateral projects.

Who is it for and what is the expected impact

Students -> increased competences to combine strategic foresight, creativity and research knowledge at work.

Teachers -> increased competences to support students learning within the knowledge triangle, and knowledge of applying creativity and research in teaching.

Researchers -> increased knowledge of how to implement the results, and upgraded researchers’ educational skills.

Companies and other organizations -> increased innovation and research knowledge in companies, and understanding how to better cooperate with education.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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