- Total participants: 9
- Total students: 1
- Total University Staff members: 4
- Total representatives of societal stakeholder: 4
UNIC CityLabs was part of SuomiAreena, an annual public debate forum in Finland organized by City of Pori and Finnish TV-channel MTV3.
Streamed to the MTV.fi website (Finnish national television channel)
The City of Oulu , Vuolle Setlementti ry , SuomiAreena
The University of Oulu gathered societal actors and members of the University community to discuss the potential of development and inclusion that membership in a European University (UNIC) brings to the city and region of Oulu.
The discussion included reflection on how Superdiversity affects human, economic and societal wellbeing and how a wealth of cultures bring value to the Northern city of Oulu. Panelists covered the key themes of UNIC: societal development and impact in the Post-Industrial era, inclusion and diversity in our cities as well as the changing role of universities as beacons of development and links to Europe.
The European University and its future were discussed in a popular political discourse event SuomiAreena in Helsinki, Finland on July 14. Some of the themes that arose were collaboration, digitalization, and the ability to retain residents in city of Oulu. On the panelists’ side, there were the Minister of European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen, the Chairman of the City Board of Oulu Mirja Vehkaperä, the representative of Vuolle Setlementti organization Luz Peltoniemi, the Vice Rector of the University of Oulu Tapio Koivu, the Professor of global education Elina Lehtomäki, and student Eetu Leinonen.
Main results of the discussion were:
Diversity and Inclusion | Urban resilience and transformation