JAMK Centre For Competitiveness

enhanching competitiveness and prosperity

Opening Day

The previous Centre for Competitiveness seminar was conducted in April 2012 in Jyväskylä at the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences. The entire session was recorded. If you missed it you may watch the video by clicking the links below:

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION TO JAMK CENTRE FOR COMPETITIVENESS (apx. 5 min.)
Dr. Jussi Halttunen, Rector / President, JAMK University of Applied Sciences

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OPENING REMARKS (apx. 35 min)
Bruce J. Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland

Bruce J. Oreck, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, presented his credentials to President Halonen on September 10, 2009. Ambassador Oreck obtained his BA from The Johns Hopkins University, his JD from Louisiana State University and his LLM from New York University. Mr. Oreck practiced law for over 25 years representing many of the largest companies in the United States. He is the author of several books on taxation and has had a successful career as a speaker and lecturer on topics ranging from taxation to the process of creative thinking. In addition to his private legal practice, Ambassador Oreck served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for his privately held family business, the Oreck Corporation, until the sale of that business in 2003. In his capacity as a real estate developer, Ambassador Oreck has become more and more engaged in *green* building and ultimately becoming focused on climate change and renewable/alternative energy. In 2003, Ambassador and Mrs. Oreck founded the Zero Carbon Initiative which is committed to implementing both experimental and off-the-shelf technologies in the built environment, not just to reduce but to offset greenhouse gas emissions.

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HOW TO BOOST COMPETITIVENESS IN FINLAND AND ENHANCE GLOBAL NETWORKING (apx. 30 min.)
Rauli Sorvari, Member of the Board of Directors at TCI, the global practitioners’ network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation

Rauli Sorvari is M.Pol.Sc. (Statistics, Economy) and B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics) University of Helsinki. Rauli Sorvari is The Member of the Board of Directors in TCI, The Global Practitioners network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation, Barcelona Spain. He has also been Director of EduCluster Finland Business Network. CEO of Estele Ltd Rauli Sorvari has been Entrepreneur since 1983, owner of Estele Ltd, and founder a network of companies focused on training and learning technologies. He is an expert in the export and international partnership of Finnish Education and Innovation system. He has the passion to develop the elements of Learning Region in the economy based on regional interaction in the Education and Innovation Systems. In this respect Rauli Sorvari is an expert of OECD doing the case study report “Learning region strategy guiding development in Central Finland”.

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FUTURE ACTIVITIES OF JAMK CENTRE FOR COMPETITIVENESS (apx. 15 min.)
Dr. Murat Akpinar, Principal lecturer, JAMK School of Business and Services Management

Dr. Murat Akpinar, PhD (international business, Turku School of Economics), M.Sc. (international business, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen), and B.Sc. (industrial engineering, Bosphorus University, Istanbul), is a principal lecturer in international business management at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. He is currently responsible for the implementation of the master degree programme in international business management and teaches in the fields of strategic management and financial management in the international business degree programmes. He is an affiliate of the Harvard Business School’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) Network and the JAMK Center for Competitiveness. Before joining the academic world, Murat has worked in international operations in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Germany in multinationals such as Procter & Gamble as well as in international start-up companies.

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DISCOURSE OF COMPETITIVENESS, ROLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTES, AND MOC NETWORK (apx. 45 min.)
Dr. Faheem ul-Islam,vDean, University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan

Dr. Faheem ul-Islam is PhD (Competitiveness and Strategy) Cambridge University, MBA (Finance and Marketing) National University of Singapore and B.Sc. (Electronics engineering) University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore. Currently, Faheem is Professor and Dean of School of Business and Economics at University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan (www.umt.edu.pk) and Visiting Lecturer at JAMK’s School of Business and Services Management. He is Affiliate of Harvard Business School’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) Network since 2006. Faheem has also been a Member of The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) and American Society of Competitiveness (ASC). Faheem has worked in Singapore, Pakistan, Brunei Darrusalam, Malaysia, Hong Kong and UK. He has worked with corporate sector, various governments and leading universities. Faheem has also been a consultant to Singapore Productivity and Development Board, Asian Development Bank, The World Bank, UK AID, Citi Foundation, and Lucile Packard Foundation. He has also been Chief of-the-Party of USAID’s National Assessment and Strengthening Program in Pakistan.

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AN ASIAN PERSPECTIVE ON COMPETITIVENESS: THE CASE OF SINGAPORE (apx. 45 min.)
Geoffrey da Silva, Senior lecturer, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Geoffrey da Silva is MBA (National University of Singapore) and BBA (University of Singapore). A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), he is a senior lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. Having 34 years of experience in management, marketing and international business education, Geoffrey is the coauthor of the book “Marketing: an Introduction – an Asian Perspective” together with Gary Armstrong and marketing guru Professor Philip Kotler. In addition to his teaching assignments at Temasek Polytechnic and the Singapore Institute of Management, he is also a visiting faculty to a number of overseas universities in Finland, Thailand and Australia.