Call for papers: UAS Journal 3/2020, Universities of applied sciences promoting social sustainability

We invite all those interested in the topic of social sustainability to submit articles for issue 3/2020 of the UAS Journal. The theme for the issue is ‘Universities of applied sciences promoting social sustainability’.
Sustainable development was first defined by the UN Brundtland Commission in 1987. The work of the commission initiated a process that has continued to develop at both the international and national level, involving both governments and different sectors of society.

In Finland, sustainable development has been promoted since 1993, at which point Finland became the first country in the world to establish a national commission on sustainable development. This commission defined sustainable development as follows: ‘Sustainable development is a globally, regionally and locally ongoing process of continuous and targeted change in society. It aims at safeguarding opportunities for a good life to current and future generations. This requires that the environment, people and the economy are equally taken into account in decision-making and activities.’ (Ministry of the Environment, https://www.ym.fi/fi-fi/ymparisto/kestava_kehitys/mita_on_kestava_kehitys).

Finland is committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was approved at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015. The 2030 Agenda includes 17 sustainable development objectives of which many relate to social sustainability (https://um.fi/agenda-2030-sustainable-development-goals). These include in particular goal 1: no poverty, 2: zero hunger, 3: good health and well-being, 4: quality education, 5: gender equality, 8: decent work and economic growth, 10: reduced inequalities, 11: sustainable cities and communities, 16: peace, justice and strong institutions, 17: partnerships.

Universities of applied sciences promote social sustainability through their education, projects, cooperation with employers and other practical measures. These methods for promoting sustainability can also connect with and support each other in many ways, and their scope and scale can vary from globally-orientated actions to very local ones. We also very much hope to receive articles that relate to the international projects (including educational, RDI projects etc.) of universities of applied sciences and their stakeholder groups, (e.g. associations and companies). We will give priority to articles that tell of projects and trials that have already been carried out and which offer valuable lessons for universities of applied sciences and their stakeholders. Furthermore, we are interested in hearing both about successful projects and unsuccessful ones!

The maximum length of a specialist article is 10,000 characters, a review 4,000 characters and less formally structured texts about 3,000 characters (incl. spaces). Detailed instructions for authors can be found on https://uasjournal.fi/in-english/instructions-for-writers/

The editors for this themed issue are Tove Holm from the City of Turku, Silja Kostia from Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Kaija Saramäki from Karelia University of Applied Sciences.

Tove has worked for 18 years in universities of applied sciences and adult education centres in the areas of quality management, environmental management, and promotion of sustainable development. She completed her PhD in environmental science at the University of Turku in 2014. The subject of her research was cross-disciplinary: enabling change in universities and enhancing sustainable development education. In recent years, she has been working for the Baltic Sea Challenge project initiated by the cities of Helsinki and Turku, which has cast a vision for a clean, productive and shared Baltic Sea.

Silja works as a principal lecturer at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, and before that she was a principal lecturer and Dean of the Faculty of Technology at Lahti University of Applied Sciences. During her career, Silja has participated extensively in the promotion of sustainable development through educational and R&D activities involving both national and international networks. She completed her PhD in biology at the University of Helsinki in 2000.

Kaija works as a Senior Lecturer at the Karelia University of Applied Sciences and is actively involved in the activities of the ENO online school. Her areas of expertise include sustainable development, cooperation and networks, sustainable use of natural resources and internationalisation. By training, Kaija is a Forestry Engineer (BSc) specialised in marketing and communications, and she is also a Master of Science in Environmental Forestry who has specialised in the social questions relating to the use of natural resources.

Please send your proposed articles to the editors at kaija.saramaki(at)karelia.fi no later than week 34 (23 August 2020). Use the following subject for your email: UAS3 article. Please remember to follow the writing instructions and title your article according to the lead author’s surname.

  • Article proposals to be sent to the editors by 30 August 2020 at the latest.
  • Feedback on the articles will be sent to the lead authors by week 37.
  • The revised version of the articles should be delivered by week 39 at the latest.
  • The themed issue will be published in week 41.

Call for papers: UAS Journal 2/2020, Universities of applied sciences promoting ecological sustainability

We invite education planners, teachers, specialists, researchers and developers to contribute to UAS Journal issue 2/2020. The theme of the issue is Universities of applied sciences promoting ecological sustainability.

Sustainable development was first defined in the Brundtland commission in the United Nations, in 1987. From that point a process started, which has proceeded both internationally and nationally, as well as in governmental and other sectors in the society.

In Finland, sustainable development has been promoted since 1993, when the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development was established, as the first such commission in the world. The commission involves a large group of societal actors in addition to the government. The first task of the national commission was to define sustainable development as a continuing, organised societal change happening globally, regionally and locally, the goal of which is to secure good life for current and future generations. This also means that the environment, human and economy will equally be taken into account in decision-making and actions (Ministry of the Environment, https://www.ym.fi/en-US/The_environment/Sustainable_development).

Finland is committed to Agenda2030 that was accepted in the UN summit for sustainable development in 2015. Agenda2030 consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, many of which concern ecological sustainability, especially goals 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, 13: Climate Action, 14: Life below Water, and 15: Life on Land.

Universities of applied sciences can promote ecological sustainability through various practical measures such as education, projects, and collaboration with actors in the world of work. Various ways of promoting sustainability may also be intertwined, and the scales of promoting ecological sustainability may vary from global to very local.

Article proposals for this themed issue may concern e.g. solutions in teaching the natural scientific basis or applications (e.g. circular or green economy) of ecological sustainability, various projects in monitoring or improving the state of the environment, or developing the sustainability of the acts of the university. In addition to successful projects, we are interested in unsuccessful experiments, through which everyone of us has the opportunity learn a lot.

The maximum length of a specialist article is 10,000 characters, a review 4,000 characters and less formally structured texts about 3,000 characters (incl. spaces). Detailed instructions for authors can be found on  uasjournal.fi/in-english/instructions-for-writers

The editors of the themed issue are Eveliina Asikainen/TAMK and Tove Holm/City of Turku.

Eveliina works as a lecturer in Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), and one of her duties there is to promote sustainable development there. She has worked in positions related to environmental education and promoting sustainable development in various educational institutes for twenty years.  She is a biologist, with doctoral degree in 2014. She has been largely involved in forest economy, circular economy, urban planning and participation.

Tove worked with topics of quality, environmental management and promoting sustainable development in a university of applied sciences for 15 years, and thereafter, for three years as an education manager in a unit of sustainable development and management in an adult education institution. For the past couple of years she has been working in the Baltic Sea Challenge in Helsinki and Turku, aiming to engage towns, cities, municipalities and organisations in committing to the Baltic Sea protection  The Baltic Sea Challenge has grown into an international network with over 300 actors around the Baltic Sea region, including universities of applied sciences. Tove has a doctoral degree in environmental science in the University of Turku in 2014. Her research is cross-disciplinary: enabling change, and especial promoting sustainable development in education, in universities of applied sciences, with the use of quality assurance.

  • Send your article proposal by e-mail to eveliina.asikainen(at)tuni.fi during week 14 (beginning of April).
  • Feedback will be sent to the responsible author in week 16.
  • Send your final version in week 18 (beginning of May).
  • The themed issue will be published in week 20.

Call for papers: UAS Journal 4/2020, Using data from work-related studies

We invite education planners, teachers, specialists, researchers and developers to contribute to UAS Journal issue 4/2020. The theme of the issue is using data from work-related studies in teaching, education planning and education systems development.

Universities of applied sciences have a great deal of information about careers and employment, which they obtain from various stakeholders, employment networks and the universities of applied sciences’ own career monitoring and other feedback surveys.

This information is not, however, used to the full in teaching, education planning or national school systems development. Analysing and using career and employment data in a greater variety of ways would benefit both education organisers, teachers and students, as well as employment and public operators.

Subject of the call for papers

We are interested in how the results of national career monitoring surveys conducted by universities of applied sciences are used and implemented, but articles may also be based on other reviews concerning the impact of higher education, alumni employment and career paths or labour market development.

The articles may be related to the following subjects or questions:

  • What kind of work-related data are UASs using? What kind of data is still needed?
  • What kind of data is used systematically, and how is it used? What kind of data should definitely receive more attention than it currently does?
  • Can/should work-related studies be viewed critically? What does this mean in practice?
  • Work-related studies in proactive education and management development work
  • Work-related studies as a tool for pedagogical development
  • Employment quality and measuring this
  • Access to work-related studies by different UAS user groups.
  • Work-related studies in assessing and developing educational quality and impact
  • The principle of continuing education and using information from work-related studies.

Proposed articles based on research or investigational work take priority, but disseminating comprehensive and multifaceted work-related studies and cases from practice are also of interest, especially because nationwide career monitoring surveys have only been conducted twice.

Schedule and practical guidelines

  • Send your article proposal to uraseurannat(at)turkuamk.fi by Sept. 15, 2020.
  • Feedback on the articles will be sent to the responsible author by Oct. 15, 2020.
  • Send your final version of the article by Oct. 31, 2020.
  • The themed issue will be published during the week 50.

The maximum length of a specialist article is 10,000 characters, a review 4,000 characters and less formally structured texts about 3,000 characters (incl. spaces). Detailed instructions for authors can be found on  uasjournal.fi/in-english/instructions-for-writers

The editors of the themed issue are Liisa Marttila/TAMK, Jaana Kullaslahti/HAMK, Anne Rouhelo/ Turku AMK, Arja Räinä-Räsänen/Oamk, Taina Kilpinen/Laurea and Tina Lauronen/ Education and Training Research Foundation, ESR project, From UAS to Career – Career Data for All.

 

Call for papers: UAS Journal 1/2020, Current topics

AMK-lehti / UAS Journal issue 1/2020 is themed with current topics and the diverse functions and different roles of universities of applied sciences in cooperation with companies, as well as in research and development activities.

How do universities of applied sciences develop their cooperation services to promote cooperation with companies and the world of work? How can R&D activities help create permanent service and cooperation models to support communities, and support teaching facilities?

In this themed issue we want to bring forward varied current topics in higher education, such as developing higher education pedagogy and career guidance, cooperation with the world of work, developing services, and possibilities in R&D and work-based learning.

We are also looking for concrete examples of cooperation between universities of applied sciences and the world of work, as well as sustainability and effective results in R&D.

We wish to receive article manuscripts both from universities of applied sciences and other organisations. In addition to articles, we welcome reviews and summaries concerning research, development and innovations in universities of applied sciences, as well as news and literary reviews in the field. You may also submit audiovisual content.

The maximum length of the article is 10.000, a review 4,000 and other categories approximately 3,000 characters (spaces included). Instructions for writers can be found in uasjournal.fi/in-english/instructions-for-writers. Please read them carefully before submitting your text.

Guest editor:
Johanna Wartio, Lecturer, Project Manager, M.A.

  • Send your article proposal to the guest editor at johanna.wartio (at) metropolia.fi during the week 4 (by January 24, 2020).
  • Feedback will be sent to the responsible author during the week 7.
  • Send your final version during the week 9.
  • The themed issue will be published during the week 12.

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Kind regards

Guest editor Johanna Wartio
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Schedule updated Feb 11, 2020.