Education export as driver of cooperation between Sharjah and Oulu region

PINO Network had the pleasure to introduce itself to the distinguished delegation from Sharjah, UAE 10.-12.9.2017. The delegation was invited to Oulu by Council of Oulu Region and had 14 participants. The guests were from the Government of Sharjah, Chamber of Commerce, bigger enterprises, airport, Electricity and Water Authority, Heritage Institute and two Universities. The delegation was lead by HE Sheik Fahim Sultan Al Qasimi.

The delegation had an extensive program in Oulu seeking new technologies, innovations, cultural aspects and methods of learning, researching and teaching. Delegation met over 30 companies and all the public sector actors at educational field in Oulu.

Sharjah delegation has studied cities all over the world and wants to cooperate with similar cities – education, innovations and culture are seen as the key factors to future cooperation. The energy and the talent in Oulu made a big impression to the delegation. Changing experiences, exporting education, cooperating in many fields can help the similar cities in future development of the smart communities. According to studies of the Sharjah delegation Oulu, Cambridge, Massachusetts, St.Petersburg, Marsei ja Sharjah could make a network of talented cities in the future.

Sharjah is an international 1,4 million inhabitants’ province next to Dubai in United Arab Emirates. Sharjah focuses in education, business, culture and innovations. Council of Oulu Region has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AUSE and the Council of Oulu Region in January 2017. The agreement was signed to facilitate mutual cooperation in the fields of research and development, education, innovation, trade, science and technology, and business.

The objective of the five-year agreement is to facilitate the improvement of innovation in education, research and industrial development in Sharjah and the Oulu region with both party administrations sharing experiences. At the university and research level, innovation challenges will be addressed by universities and applied research institutes. One of the underlying objectives of the agreement is the networking of companies and research organizations to develop and create new business. PINO Network will be a good platform to bring up products and services to UAE markets.