Sino Finnish 100 Challenge is build on strong co-operation with Chinese Universities

Professors Cai Jun and Fang Hai partake at the creation of SF100 workshops

The challenges of the future are similar in all cities in the era of intensifying globality. Thus, at the core of SF100 Challenge is co-creation and solving the challenges of the next 100 years together. Sino Finnish Challenge is building bridges for this cooperation between China and Finland to create solutions for communal challenges. Professors Cai Jun (Professor of Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University) and Fang Hai (Professor and Rector of School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology) took part in the workshops in Beijing and Guangzhou.

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”SF100 Challenge makes Chinese and Finnish students have more exchange of ideas and this adds to their understanding of what are the real needs from the world"

Professor Cai Jun, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

The strongest features of SF100 are co-operation and the exchange of ideas across national borders. SF100 is about co-creation and sharing of knowledge to combine them into a better solution for all. Professor Cai Jun says:  “SF100 challenge makes Chinese and Finnish students have more exchange of ideas and this adds to their understanding of what are the real needs from the world”.

“SF100 leads to thinking more deeply and innovating about the relation between humans and environment as well as society and design”, professor Cai Jun continues.

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THE CHINESE ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO LEARN FROM THE BEST, AND SF100 IS A WAY TO SHOW THAT FINLAND IS AMONG THE BEST OF THE BEST."

Professor and Rector Fang Hai, School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology

Professor Fang Hai hopes that all the relevant authorities see the value in SF100 challenge and continue to work towards introducing Finnish know-how in China. He adds: “SF100 is a good starting point for Finland to get into deeper and wider cooperation with China in many aspects.” Professor Fang himself has been contributing into improving Finnish-Chinese relationships. Last year, he was awarded Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland for making Finnish design and architecture known in China.

According to professor Fang Hai, Finland is among the best when it comes to design and innovation. “For a small nation like Finland, the best way to promote the country is to showcase its strongest skills like for example know-how in design and innovation”, recounts professor Fang Hai.

This is where Sino Finnish 100 Challenge comes in: “The Chinese are always trying to learn from the best, and SF100 is a way to show that Finland is among the best of the best.”