EduNet was founded in 2007 by the company Phoenix Contact to support education and research in technology and automation. Arcada is the third Finnish higher education institution in the network.
“As a member of EduNet, Arcada benefits from a worldwide exchange of knowledge. We strengthen our competences in automation technology and build valuable contact networks. It is also a great opportunity for us to share the long educational experience we have in this field," says Kim Roos, degree programme director for the programme in Energy and Environmental Engineering at Arcada.
The higher education institutions in the network are assigned equipment in automation technology, which means that Arcada's engineering students get to work with the latest technology from the industry. The equipment from Phoenix Contact is based on new, sustainable technology, which goes hand in hand with Arcada's focus on sustainable automation technology.
“Key issues in the network are sustainable solutions in technology and digitalisation. Society and industry are changing at a rapid pace, so it is important to work together on the opportunities and challenges that exist, also on an international level," says Roos.
“The network brings together expertise, mindsets and technologies related to Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. Especially questions regarding energy monitoring, reused energy and sustainable automation processes are relevant. Sharing the latest insights via both innovative research and practical knowledge benefit students and staff, but also the entire automation sector in Finland and globally, says sales director Hans Lindström, Phoenix Contact.
Over 150 higher education institutions from 37 countries are members of the EduNet network.