Development of the Multidisciplinary Educational, Business and RDI Opportunities for the Finnish-Russian Automotive and Motorsport Industry Ecosystem.

Kymenlaakso (Kouvola region) and Saint Petersburg have prioritized the development of education and lifelong learning, facilitation of innovation and R&D projects. Internationalization and sustainable growth are success factors for the regions’ development. Race4Scale aims to renew and bring growth to the South-Eastern Finland’s industrial base and aid in planning for the future industrial needs by means of R&D and education. As for Saint Petersburg and North-West region of Russia, the project creates opportunities for development from assembly level in the automotive industry to automotive and motorsport innovations.

Race4Scale was launched in May 2020 and will continue until October 2022.

Results of the project

The Objectives

  • Establish and strengthen the long-term partnerships among businesses, educational institutions and government-based organizations and associations in the Finnish-Russian cross-border automotive and motorsport industry ecosystem.
  • Increase co-operation between SMEs and research institutions.
  • Increase skilled and lifelong learning – via training future professionals.
  • Create new cross-border curricula.

the Main Outputs

  • Research about identification of the current and the future development needs.
  • Benchmarking trends in the development of the European context automotive ecosystems.
  • Organizing joint cross-border multidisciplinary innovation camps in Finland and Russia.
  • Training Finnish and Russian teachers and managing staff.
  • Development of the joint international multidisciplinary educational program.
  • Implementation of the pilots for the autologistic, motorsport, business, electronic engineering and social sciences modules.



The purpose of the research is conducting multidisciplinary applied research of the current and future (development) needs and the future professions in the automotive industry to develop educational and innovation opportunities focused on three age categories: children, students and teachers, representatives of the “third” age. Also the identification of weak market signals for a technological breakthrough and expanding the range of opportunities for international cooperation in business and education.

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The aim of the thesis was to create the customer profiles of the race track users for KymiRing. The company of KymiRing is a new motorsport and driving training center located in Iitti, in southeastern Finland. KymiRing is the only international level race track in Finland and the leading race track in northern Europe.

The research process of the thesis focused on the collection and analysis of diverse user data. In this thesis were used qualitative research methods. The thesis process is utilized design thinking and service design methods. The benchmarking, observation, semi-structured interviews and an expert interview were selected as research methods. The collected research material was compiled into a matrix, which was analyzed using a similarity diagram into a clearer whole. Based on this, targeted interviews were conducted with targeted customer groups to gather additional information. Based on the research material and targeted customer group interviews, material was compiled, based on which the mapping of customer profiles started.

The thesis is productive and resulted in customer profiles and the visualizations formed from them. Based on the collected research data, five different customer profiles were eventually created. The race track user cards were visualized using a personas tool of the five generated customer profiles of the race track users. The race track user cards summarize the characteristics, needs and motives of all user profiles as well as the needs of the services. This thesis and customer profiles, as well as the race track user cards created as a result, will be handed over to KymiRing Oy to support the development of their customer understanding on the way to a more productive business.


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Xamk is a responsible institute of higher education focusing on wellbeing, technology and creative industries. Its research, development and innovation (RDI) activities are divided into four focus areas: Forest, the Environment and Energy; Sustainable Wellbeing; Digital Economy; and Logistics, Marine Technology and Transport. The work in these focus areas aims to create ecosystems that generate innovations, combining research, education and business activities. In addition, Xamk operates and develops novel and relevant research infrastructure and laboratories in order to support its RDI activities and projects.

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South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” is one of the world’s largest education centers specializing in radio engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and computer science. University graduates get Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or specialist qualification. Today the University trains around 9000 students. Over 200 professors and PhDs work in the University. ETU “LETI” provides education in 19 scientific fields for Bachelors and 53 educational programs for Masters.

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Project page in Russia



Establishment of industrial cluster “Autoprom North-West” was initiated by the National Association of Automotive Component Manufactures of Russia (NAPAK, Russia), supported by car assembly enterprises Nissan Manufacturing Rus LLC, Ford Motor Company CJSC and representatives of the Governments of Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region, suppliers of the North-West region.

The main directions for the activities of the Cluster are:

Development of suppliers, industrial and technological infrastructure. Formation of a multi-level automotive ecosystem in the North-West region with integration into global supply chains.

Transport-ecology-innovation. Sustainable development of the region’s transport and logistics system, introduction of innovative modes of transport with the necessary infrastructure.

Sport, science, education. Development of motorsport, science and children’s creativity within the framework of the educational trajectory “School – University (College) – Enterprise” on the basis of Cluster’s structural unit – Children’s Engineering Center “Automotive North-West” (CEC).

Development of professional qualifications in the automotive industry with integration into the international system of professional standards, correlation of educational processes with market needs and transition to the digital economy on the basis of the Cluster’s structural unit – Centre for Assessment of Qualifications “Autoprom North-West” (CAQ).

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Adult Education Centre Kouvola is the leading and most versatile adult vocational training centre in the area of Kymenlaakso. There are c. 3700 students involved in various training activities annually. The modern and newly build Centre is maintained by a foundation and employs about 100 people. The business idea is to develop, market and put into practice high quality adult education and services needed by students and economic life as well as to support lifelong learning. Vocational Adult Education Centre Kouvola offers a wide range of learning and training opportunities for individuals and work teams to enhance their skills. All the education programmes focus on skills and expertise that are essential in the modern working life.

Vocational Adult Education Centre Kouvola is an expert in the education fields of automotive and logistics, construction and metalwork, commerce and services, hotel, restaurant and catering, wellbeing, nursing and sports, immigrant integration training. The organization invest in development work as well: continuous improvement, co-operation with working life partners and an international element are essential in our vocational education development work. For businesses, we offer a number of different services nationally and internationally in our modern and new facilities.

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Kouvola Region Vocational College, KSAO, is a multi-disciplinary vocational institution situated in Kouvola, Finland. The educational provider is the City of Kouvola. Altogether, in the college, there are about 3500 students and the number of personnel is around 250. The college offers vocational upper secondary education and training in 50 different professions. It offers Vocational Qualifications, Further Vocational Qualifications, Specialist Vocational Qualifications and short courses. Students can study for qualifications through In-service training; Apprenticeship training; Competence test system; and Labor market training (adult employment training).

Kouvola Region Vocational College, KSAO, carries out Erasmus+ KA1 -projects for students and teachers mobilities and holds VET Mobility Charter. KSAO co-ordinates and takes part in many Erasmus+ KA2 -partnerships projects. The college takes part in networks of Finnish vocational colleges financed by the Finnish Agency for Education and co-ordinates the network to Russia. The aim of the networks is to build co-operation with the countries outside EU.

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Race4Scale – Development of the Multidisciplinary Educational, Business and RDI Opportunities for the Finnish-Russian Automotive and Motorsport Industry Ecosystem

01.05.2020 - 31.10.2022


Administrator: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk

Partial implementers: Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Union "Autoprom North-West", "Kudrovo" Education Centre, Global Education Services Taitaja and Kouvola Region Vocational College

Fields of expertise: Creative Industries
XAMK research centers: luovat alat


Total budget: 870 543 €

Financiers and main source of funding: South-East Finland – Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020