Sino Finnish Challenge continued co-creation at Tsinghua University

The Workshop titled “China and Finland – Opportunities and Challenges in the Clean Future” brought together the best students from different top universities around Beijing to solve upcoming and current challenges of ever growing global cities.

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Sino Finnish Challenge continued co-creation at Tsinghua University!

The Workshop titled “China and Finland – Opportunities and Challenges in the Clean Future” brought together the best students from different top universities around Beijing to solve upcoming and current challenges of ever growing global cities.

In the centennial celebration of Finland, Sino Finnish Challenge brought together teams from Tsinghua University, Peking University, Wuhan University of Technology and China Academy of Fine Arts to combine their skills into practical solutions for challenges of the future.

Global cities have a constant search for balance in trying to cater to the needs of the growing population in a sustainable manner. The amount of people is at the same time creating challenges to overcome – growing cities affect for example the air quality but the people themselves create the potential to overcome these obstacles. The professors Petri Pellikka (University of Helsinki), Jarmo Suominen (Aalto University), Haoming Zhou (Tsinghua University) and Cai Jun (Tsinghua University) led the students into the heart of this dilemma. How can growth and sustainability co-exist?

The workshop invited attendees to focus on creating sustainable communities within cities by combining themes of air quality, clean tech and the living quality. The created idea proposals focused in emphasising for example the role of sharing economies among communities within cities.

“The most exceptional and at the same time the finest feature of the workshop was co-creation, creating solutions to communal problems together”, Suominen emphasises. The Sino Finnish workshops highlight how excellent opportunities arise when people work together to combine their expertise across cultural boundaries.

Suominen continues: “Many current and future challenges are happening in a global level requiring also a global level of co-creation.”

From the University of Helsinki both prof. Pellikka and the Director of Communications and Community Relations Kirsti Lehmusto were impressed with the students. ”I admire the capacity of the student teams to go through the workshop: innovate according to the briefing they have just heard, have discussions with the facilitators and professors, and even prepare very creative presentations for us! All this in just 1,5 hours! We enjoyed all the way!”, recounts Lehmusto.  

Simultaneously, The Sino Finnish Challenge is creating new awareness of Finnish know-how and presents the high level Universities of Finland. The workshops are creating a new Sino-Finnish network of innovation and knowledge – which will help both societies mutually to continue on a road of sustainable development.