KURKI was a joint project of the Lappeenranta University of Technology (Kouvola Unit), the University of Helsinki Palmenia Centre for Continuing Education (Education Centre Sinoa), and the Kouvolan Innovation Oy project (ESR). Co-ordinated by the University of Helsinki, Kouvola Unit (Palmenia, Sinoa).

Project duration: 2010-2014

An effort was made to ensure that KURKI project operations would further strengthen co-operation between Finnish and Chinese enterprises in Kymenlaakso as well as to find the most suitable fields for co-operation. Opportunities for co-operation were examined, particularly in the areas of the environment and tourism. The primary project target group is Kouvola region enterprises and entrepreneurs.

LUT Kouvola Unit research sections have investigated opportunities, challenges and typical characteristics of the Chinese market in the environmental and tourism sectors, as selected from an enterprise perspective. In addition to this, LUT Kouvola has participated in realising the project's KURKI diploma specialisation programme on Chinese culture, language and business models. The training programme was held in Kouvola 2011-2012.

Research reports:
KURKI research report: Forest, energy and environmental sector. Research report 231
KURKI research report: Tourism sector. Research report 232
Transportation Flows between Northern Europe and Asia: Focus on China. Research report 240
These reports can be downloaded from the project website at www.kurki-project.fi.

Further project information: Sanna Tomperi, sanna.tomperi(at)lut.fi

LUT Kouvola

LUT University, Kouvola Unit

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45100 Kouvola, Finland