The University of Vaasa has received significant EU funding – The new research and doctoral ...

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The European Union has granted a funding of nearly EUR 4 million from the Horizon 2020 programme for the GLOMO project that studies the global mobility of employees. The University of Vaasa is participating in the research project, and its share of the funding is over EUR 500,000.

The GLOMO project is establishing a new doctoral training programme that is recruiting 15 doctoral students from all over the world, which means approximately two students for each participating university. The recruitment of doctoral students for the three-year positions has just started.
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–  The funding is allocated from the Excellent Science section of the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Sklodowska-Curie / Innovative Training Network). As a high-level research and doctoral training project, the programme is a very competitive form of EU funding, and only a few per cent of the applications are accepted, says Vesa Suutari, Professor of Human Resource Management heading the project for the University of Vaasa.

The programme develops innovative collaborative postgraduate studies and international joint-supervision of students, and promotes research in the field through multinational materials.

– Participants also include business partners, such as Wärtsilä in Finland, through which students get a four-month practical training in the relevant industry. Additionally, the students will develop their international skills by working part of the period as guest researchers in a partnering university, says Suutari.

Top-level universities and researchers on board

Behind the new GLOMO project is a collaborative network of professors researching the global mobility of employees. Some of the other participants in the project in addition to the University of Vaasa are Copenhagen Business School, Cranfield University, Toulouse Business School, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Bamberg.

According to Professor Suutari, the University of Vaasa's participation in the project can be regarded as a significant additional recognition for research into global mobility, which has already won multiple international awards. In addition to Suutari, the experts participating from the University of Vaasa are  Assistant Professor Olivier Wurtz, who in particular is managing the training section of the project, and Professor Liisa Mäkelä, who is involved in the implementation of the research project and in postgraduate study guidance.

– The new project enables the development of a new kind of international collaboration on postgraduate education and supports closer research collaboration in the field in Europe. We are part of a very high-calibre group: participants include several top-level universities and top-level researchers in Europe. The collaboration with business partners also enables striving for a strong social impact to promote and support international mobility both at enterprise and society level, says Professor Suutari.

Further information

Professor Vesa Suutari, the School of Management, University of Vaasa, tel. +358 29 449 8433, e-mail: vesa.suutari(at)



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