The science community is global. Why should students stay local?

8 Jun 2020
by Pekka Silvén & Jarmo Tuominiemi


This paper presents a model for universities to seize their internationalization potential with a new type of orchestrated culture of international higher education cooperation that is delivered through future-oriented activities with a global university alliance.


Who are the ones that have access and are mainly able to utilize the international network of the university – researchers and other staff members? How will this benefit the local university community and especially the students? 


Problem of internationalization

Universities are eager and proud to bring up the importance of and their interest in internationalization. The number of partner universities and the mobility of students and staff members are the typical key metrics to show the level of international activity.  

University's international network provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with international partners. It also creates access to a diverse knowledge and learning network to explore new ideas as well as share findings and experiences. However, who are the ones that have access and are mainly able to utilize the international network of the university – researchers and other staff members? How will this benefit the local university community and especially the students? 


What about the students?

A modern university should consider how to create flexible opportunities and encourage talented students to utilize the global community and expertise to enhance their learning experience — and to build even personal relations for the future.

We are living in a world where the young generation already has connections globally and around the clock.  The idea of a closed local university is absurd for future generations when there is a demand for comprehensive global diversity. University should behave as a broker of opportunities and guide and encourage students to utilize a global and diverse international network as a learning community. Universities who succeed in creating new international metrics to show the impact of internationalization are the winners in being an attractive choice for the students, teachers, researchers, and local and global business in the “new normal”.


How to provide students the access to also pursuit international networking outside their university/region

Demola alliance offers your students the opportunity to be part of the global community and experience being part of international project teams like never before. Your students will have access to the global pool of future-oriented projects and change the world.

“Working online with a globally distributed team increases the scope of the project we are working on. whereas if we were to take up the same project in a local university team then we tend to confine the scope of the project. Being able to understand various cultures and viewpoints helps us to create a solution that can be utilized globally. I'm really grateful to have had the chance to do this in a globally distributed team versus a local university team, because I haven't had this kind of experience before and it's incredibly stimulating.”  

Demola student 05/2020



For your local university, Demola offers a ready-made operating model and international connections. Demola will provide you proven access to 419 universities in 61 countries. 

The local host university invites companies in the area to the program and organizes the events. Each co-creation program is open to the global Demola community to work together with the local university. Demola is responsible for the implementation and content of the process. 

Demola's experienced facilitators are responsible for the facilitation, eliminating the need for the local host organization to train the staff for the specific global co-creation projects and operations.


For the local university, the goal in Demola alliance is to create a culture where

  • Multidisciplinary use of skills and access to global project teams is the new normal  
  • International and cultural experts are naturally present and close to the international growth path of the university  
  • New global internship and trainee programs bring a steady stream of talent to local ecosystems   
  • Seamless utilization of research outputs is the new normal  


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