The support from firms and businesses for Arcada's fundraising has been invaluable.  Fiskars contributed EUR 50,000 and Vaisala with EUR 20,000 to the campaign of Tomorrow’s Heroes - Made by Arcada, during the last weeks of the campaign. With the help of these donations, Arcada exceeded its goal and reached a total amount of over EUR 6.2 million.

Vaisala's donation to Arcada was made with the purpose of strengthening especially the education engineers, where there is an urgent need for experts in society. Fiskars vision is to influence people's lives in a positive and sustainable way by supporting education.

- We want to promote high-quality higher education. Fiskars Group's goal is to make everyday life unique and nurture the creativity of students within different fields, says Jaana Tuominen, CEO of Fiskars Group.

The support for the campaign and the outstanding result is the result of focused efforts. The Rector, the Campaign Manager and the Campaign Committee, appointed at the beginning of the year, have met and had talks with numerous foundations, associations and companies. Each donation is the result of a goal-oriented  and active relationship building.

- I am genuinely proud of our campaign and its results. We have surpassed our goal through a major effort from both staff, alumni, students, our external campaign committee and partners. I also want to extend yet another big thank you to each donor. Many of the companies are partners we have worked with and the commitment and trust they have showed us a solid foundation on which to build on, says Rector Mona Forsskåhl.

Campaign manager Susanna Grönblom couldn’t agree more.

- We are extremely grateful for the donations received from foundations and associations. Furthermore, it is great that so many companies, like Vaisala and Fiskars, have contributed. Our ambition is to establish several collaborative projects between companies and Arcada that can benefit all parties, says campaign manager Susanna Grönblom.

External funding is becoming increasingly important and Arcada's fundraising continues even after 2018. The UAS has clear ambitions to develop both its educational programs, its research and continuing education. In order to be at the forefront of development, offering Swedish-language education of the highest quality in the metropolitan area and belonging to the country's best universities of applied sciences, the support of both current and future donors is of the utmost importance.

- We do not see fundraising as a one off event. On the contrary, we will continue to develop the fundraising, with the aim of making it an integral part of Arcada's operations, says campaign manager Susanna Grönblom.

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