Cooperation According to the Finnish Snowball Principle: UAS Technikum Wien Grants Honorary Professorship to Ari Pikkarainen

Ari Pikkarainen is awarded the title of Honorary Professor for his dedication and contributions to the cooperation between UAS Technikum Wien and Lapland University of Applied Sciences.

Verleihung der Ehrenprofessur an Ari Pikkarainen

The year 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the cooperation between Lapland University of Applied Sciences and UAS Technikum Wien. During this period, the cooperation between the two partner institutions has steadily developed and intensified in many areas. Ari Pikkarainen, who is Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at his Finnish home institution and has been a guest lecturer at UAS Technikum Wien for almost ten years, has been instrumental in intensifying this international cooperation in recent years.

At a festive UAS Council meeting, Pikkarainen was awarded the title of honorary professor for his achievements and his commitment to the close ties between the two universities. The laudation was held by Technikum Rector Sylvia Geyer. In her speech, she emphasized that the award was intended to underline his outstanding personal commitment and also his services to the organization and the development of UAS Technikum Wien.

Uhrkunde Ehrenprofessur Ari Pikkarainen

Ari Pikkarainen was and is, among other things, significantly involved in the conception and implementation of the CIP project (Cooperative International Student Project), which is now in its fourth year. As part of his teaching activities and in the course of the double degree program he helped to develop, he regularly supervises students' final theses and thus also contributes to the further development of the degree programs at UAS Technikum Wien. The joint study program enables students to gain important experience abroad and broaden their horizons. With his commitment, Pikkarainen also supports networking and international exchange between colleagues.

One of the highlights of the long-standing cooperation between the universities was the benchlearning project last October with 70 participants from both institutions. "Our cooperation started with a piece of paper, since then it has grown like a snowball," said Ari Pikkarainen at the award ceremony. "We hope it will continue to grow bigger and bigger in the future," added Rector Sylvia Geyer. "The collaboration brings enormous added value and is an enrichment for both universities and the colleagues involved. It is therefore a pleasure for me to award you the title of honorary professor of UAS Technikum Wien."