Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LUAS) is a multidisciplinary centre of expertise (higher education institution) with 5,000 students and 220 full-time teaching staff. LUAS is an active research & development & innovation (R&D&I) organisation promoting entrepreneurship and small business development.

During the year 2010 it had 52 ongoing R&D projects out of which 19 were partnerships. The total volume of R&D work in 2010 was 5.6 M€ out of which more than 60 % was through R&D projects. LUAS has carried out and administrated dozens of EU-funded projects (including Structural Funds, Erasmus, Leonardo, Equal, Interreg, Central Baltic, ENPI, and Tacis projects). LUAS is a forerunner in developing inspirational learning challenges, boosting entrepreneurial behaviour and intentions, and promoting pre- and business incubation activities. The strategic focus in Lahti area as well as in LUAS is in design, environment and innovations. LUAS manage the most successful project 'Entre Akatemia" with the key concept of mentoring: the transfer of silent knowledge and insight from more experienced entrepreneurs to students.

The role of LUAS in the project:
- participation in the coordination and management of the project - coordination and administration in partner level
- organisation of the third event of the project - workshop and meeting in Lahti - presenting the "Entre Acatemia" local project
- organising site visit to enterprise receiving trainees for internship
- preparation of trainees' placements in enterprises of the partner countries
- participation in the 5 thematic workshops, presenting case studies/best practices
- making synthesis after the presentations of each workshop in cooperation of the host partner
- participation in the preparation of the synthesis study on internships and their accreditation possibilities
- participation in the evaluation and quality assurance activities of the project (lead partner: Hungary)
- participation in the dissemination tasks - website, press, etc. (lead partner: Romania).

LUAS contacts for the PEST-Partnership for Exchange of experience in Student on-the-job Training project:
LUAS website:
Ulla Kotonen - ulla, kotonen [-at-] lamk, fi