Konecranes’ recent donations – totaling EUR 200,000 to Aalto University in Helsinki, and EUR 50,000 to Åbo Akademi Unversity in Turku – aim to contribute to high-quality education and the availability of talent.
The endowment to Aalto University is split into two parts, which are directed at supporting studies in the areas of Technology and Business, respectively. Konecranes has had an ongoing cooperation with Aalto University within the area of the Industrial Internet.
In January 2017, Konecranes installed a CXT NEO smart crane on the Aalto University Internet Campus in Otaniemi. Students have had the opportunity to perform product development work and research using the smart crane. In addition, Konecranes mentors the students’ progress in their work.
“Technology is shaping the future like never before, and companies need to find new, talented employees to secure this development. With these donations, we want to support high-quality education offered by the university to students,” said Panu Routila, President and CEO of Konecranes.
According to Routila, Konecranes believes that high-quality university education is one of the most important success factors of today’s and future businesses.
With these donations, we want to support high-quality education offered by the university to students.
Konecranes donation to Åbo Akademi University is likewise intended to foster the availability of talented, well-educated students in the future: “It is extremely important that universities are able to keep up with the fast developments in areas such as technology and digitalization,” asserted Routila.
Professor Mikko Hupa, Rector of Åbo Akademi, expressed his appreciation to Konecranes: “Support like this from a world-leading technology company is very encouraging, and will contribute to keeping our education and research in chemical engineering and information technology at the highest international level.”
These recent donations to the two universities are in accordance with resolutions made at Konecranes’ Annual General Meeting, which was held in Hyvinkää, Finland, on March 23, 2017.