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.




Automotive Innovation Camp (AIC) includes the planning and organizing a unique multidisciplinary innovation four-day experience for the student teacher-industry interaction in the cross-border context. Focus is on the weak signals and disruptive technologies in the cross-border automotive and motosport industry. Solving multidisciplinary challenges of the automotive and motorsport industry by the students from the secondary and tertiary partner educational institutions organized in the Finnish-Russian multicultural and multidisciplinary groups. Teachers of the educational partners and members of the Finnish-Russian business community work as coaches and facilitators of the event. Students are expected to generate product/service innovative solutions to respond to the current and future industry needs in the cross-border context.

This study is part of the work package 4 of the project.

Read here (PDF, 5460kB)


The aim of this pre-study is to explore the concept of simulation and how simulation-based learning can strengthen the development of the students’ skills and how it can be used in the ensemble of various pedagogical methods in vocational education. It can be said that vocational education is one of the environments that has been most disrupted and changed due to the extraordinary circumstances during the Covid19-pandemic. To the vocational education provider Adult Education Taitaja this challenge was the catalyst for change and strongly boosted the use of digital learning and VR-technology.

This study is part of the work package 2 of the project.

Arola Tuija
PhD., Development Director, Branch Manager, Adult Education Taitaja

Read here (PDF, 355kB)


Mobility is under transition. We can see much evidence for this in our everyday life and surroundings. Vehicle charging facilities are building up, electric scooter services are popping up in many cities, cycling is becoming a true alternative for many and is being promoted by cities building new and enhanced cycle paths.

In the larger view, we see that sustainability is driving much of the transition. Car manufacturers are facing strict regulation in several markets, which puts stress on achieve low levels of CO2 emissions. Electro-mobility is a relevant option for different types of vehicles and mobility needs, from small and short range (e.g., electric assist bicycles, urban distribution vans and trucks) to larger and longer range (buses, heavy goods vehicles). Reaching road transport with zero exhaust emissions requires a system-level change and renewal of the whole mobility ecosystem. As passenger cars are the dominant mode of transport in many countries, including Finland, the sustainability transition can be considered as a game changer for the industry.

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The automotive industries in the Russian Federation and in Finland are experiencing some similar trends such as the demand for innovative solutions, further staff training and lifelong learning, as well as the growing share of local suppliers. Cross-border ecosystems in the European Union can act as a cooperation reference point, which will help to build effective communication and interaction between the members of the automotive cluster. The territorial proximity of Finland and Saint Petersburg, as well as well-developed logistical and information infrastructures of both regions are the precursors for a cross-border ecosystem aimed at best practice exchange and innovative product development. In creating such an ecosystem, regulated travel, labor mobility and other cooperation permeability will be of particular importance.

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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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race4scale julkaisu

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.

Read here (in Finnish)

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Events by Xamk

The Teacher Week is about the good practices in education. During the day you will be introduced to different cases in the participant organizations. The goal of the day is become inspired and pick up the tips on the best practices in education.

The schedule and themes of the day will be announced later.


Futures Lab Logistics is a series of online workshops that aims to identify possible future changes and asses their potential impact on the logistics industry.

  • Workshop I 30.3.2022 at 12:00–16:00
  • Workshop II 13.4.2022 at 12:00–16:00
  • Futures Fair 27.4.2022 at 12:00–16:00

More information on the event website.


Events for the students attending the related Xamk course:

  • Introduction 16.3.2022 at 12:00–15:00
  • Support session 6.4.2022 at 14:00-16:00
  • Support session 20.4.2022 at 14:00-16:00

Future Lab Logistics

In this series of workshops we aim to identify opportunities for competence development with new and emerging technologies related to virtual, augmented and mixed reality environments, and cross-border collaboration between the Kymi Valley and the Saint Petersburg region.

Everyone is welcome to participate or to just come and listen! Especially students and entrepreneurs can benefit from the workshops. You don’t have to be an expert in the automotive industry to participate!

For more information and the timeline, see the event page: Race4Scale Future Workshop – XAMK

Keynote speakers in the events

More information about the keynote speakers on the event page.








Finnish Teacher Week will be held online on Tuesday 20th of April, 2021. The day starts at 9:30 EEST and ends around 15:30 EEST. The Teacher Week is about the good practices in education. During the day you will be introduced to different cases in the participant organizations, XAMK, Taitaja and KSAO.

Important Themes of the Day:

  • continuous learning
  • multiculturalism both geographically and in the age structure of students
  • working life orientation
  • the utilization of modern technologies

The goal of the day is become inspired and pick up the tips on the best practices in education. Welcome!



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.

In 2021 Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University LETI celebrates its 135th Birthday. Find out more and at Magical Electrotechnical 135 (

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Project page in English

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).

Autoprom North-West information (PDF, 519kB)

Project page in English


Kouvola Vocational Institute Ltd., Eduko is a vocational training institute involving annually approximately 6 500 students in various training activities.  Eduko employs more than 300 experts on education, counselling, administration and other services.

Eduko is jointly owned by City of Kouvola and Kouvola Adult Education Foundation and is a duly licensed operator by the Ministry of Education and Science and a certified member of Education Finland. Eduko is also an Erasmus+ accredited organization.

Eduko offers a wide range of learning opportunities for individuals and work teams.  Training programmes focus on enhancing skills and expertise that are essential in the modern working life. Education, operations and learning environments are developed in close cooperation with working life and companies.

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The Futures Fair: Logistics

The Futures Lab Logistics lead up to the Futures Fair event on the 27th of April 2022. Two student groups presented their work done during the course. Their topics were Digitalization of Logistics and Transparent and Resilient Supply Chains. Despite the small audience, the event was successful, and the students got a good experience on...

InnoCamp: Electric Cars

Jussi Sireeni, a teacher expert of electric cars in Kouvola Vocational Institute Eduko, gave a lecture on electric cars on the 27th of April at 9:00 to 13:00. The lecture included information on safety precautions and legislation concerning electric cars in Finland electric car technic and different types of them tools for electric cars, hand...

Inspiring Presentations About the Future of Logistics

The Futures Lab is a series of workshops that aims to identify possible future changes and assess their potential impact on the logistics industry. The students who attend the course, form groups and work with different methods of futures and foresight research on the given topics. The group topics were Transparent and resilient supply chains...

2021 Race4Scale Year in Review

In 2021 the Race4Scale project partners published several studies varying from learning by simulation to the development needs in the automotive industry. In 2021 we also had many different events from cross-border workshops to sharing the best practices in teaching. Here are some highlights of the year. The topic of the research publication is the...

Innovation and Quality Management in the Automotive Industry at LETI

Participants of the winter school “Innovation and Quality Management in the Automotive Industry 4.0” will get essentials and tools for steering innovative production and organizing quality management. From January 24th to February 1st, LETI will hold the winter school “Innovation and Quality Management in the Automotive Industry 4.0,” developed by the Institute of Innovative Design...


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

1 May 2020 – 31 October 2022

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk

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

Focus areas: Digital economy
Xamk Research Units: Creative Industries


Total budget: € 870 543

Financiers and main source of funding: The project is co-funded by the European Union