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Friday, March 6, 2020 

The University of Turku and the Meyer Turku shipyard have signed a strategic partnership agreement with the objective to develop and strengthen education and research in engineering.

The partnership agreement increases, for example, student projects, theses, teaching events, expert lectures, and joint workshops between the University and Meyer Turku. The employment opportunities offered by Meyer Turku in the marine industry will become more visible on campus, with the collaboration becoming part of the engineering studies syllabus.

"For the Finnish Maritime Cluster to stay world-class, we need to continuously apply innovations driven by strong research in the various fields of science that apply to shipbuilding. For this, we need strong university partners. We are looking forward to intensifying our cooperation with the University of Turku, not just with the departments in the new engineering education but also with other relevant units," said Meyer Turku CEO Jan Meyer.

"As a university, we have decided to increase strategic partnerships in different fields of science and Meyer Turku is an excellent example of this", said University Rector Jukka Kola.

"Our partnership is a great example of the commitment of both parties to long-term collaboration. Our shared objective is to raise the level of engineering education and research significantly in the University of Turku and Turku region. Close collaboration with an internationally significant company also benefits the University's internationalisation," said Vice Rector Mika Hannula.

Collaboration in engineering research will aid development of new innovations and expertise, as well as providing Meyer Turku with a more effective recruitment source.

In autumn 2019, Meyer Turku donated a professorship in mechanical and materials engineering, through which the University is opening new Master of Science degree programmes this year.

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