ENGINE Model – Changing Higher Education with Industry Cooperation

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 961)


The rapidly growing maritime industry of Southwestern Finland is suffering from lack of engineers. Industrial Management Engineers including Sales Engineers have technical knowledge and commercial competencies as well as management and soft skills, which are all fundamental for the maritime sector. However, it takes rather long time before a graduated engineer will be a productive worker for the company. A solution to getting the students faster operational into the companies is to deepen cooperation between higher education and industry during the studies and increase workplace based learning following the examples available in e.g. Germany and France. The authors present a new approach of academic-industrial cooperation in education in Finland which is developed in the frame of the project ‘RADICAL - Filling Skills Gaps in Blue Industry by Radical Competence Boost in Engineering VET (VET: Vocational Education and Training)’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.


Higher education University-Industry cooperation AASE Dual degree study program Sales engineering Blue industry 



The authors would like to thank the European Union and the Erasmus+ program for financial support to the RADICAL project. In addition, the authors would like to thank the Academic Association of Sales Engineering AASE for enabling this cooperation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Turku University of Applied SciencesTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Hannover University of Applied Sciences and ArtsHannoverGermany
  3. 3.ESTA School of Business & TechnologyBelfortFrance
  4. 4.TH Aschaffenburg, University of Applied SciencesAschaffenburgGermany

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