SPACE network   Newsletter  June 2020
Dear SPACE members,
This is one of your Vice-presidents writing to you and I hope all of you and your beloved ones are healthy!
These are indeed challenging times – in any respect – professionally and on a private basis. Our professional world changed from one day to another demanding various skills and competences we were not sure we can deliver.
Teaching is online – and this is not enough but we can handle it. We need to take care of our students in a different way because we are not able to meet them physically. ‘Coaching’ is nowadays the slogan and it is time consuming and at times repetitive. On top of that we also have to meet our private obligations.

I joined the SPACE network more than a decade ago because I was intrigued by the possibility to learn how to design and teach online courses. I was never fond of standard solutions and I appreciated the options to contribute and use the SPACE online courses.
I now benefit so much from all these efforts I made years ago and it showed me two very important things in live. Always follow your curiosity because one day it will pay off!
Stay healthy and curious – and  make use of the SPACE network to learn from and share with your colleagues !

The VAKEN project
During the Space Network 2019 autumn meeting in Vilnius the initial idea for the VAKEN project was presented and Space network members were invited to join the project. In April 2020 the project application was approved by The Nordic Council of Ministers (Nordplus, The project will be run from 2020 to 2021 and the following partners have joined the project:
- University College Lillebelt, Denmark
- TTK University of Applied Sciences, Estonia
- University of Akureyri, Iceland
- Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia
- Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania
- Vilnius University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania
- Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland
The overall aim of the VAKEN project is to make explicit the training and assessment of soft skills as core competencies. The World Economic Forum has determined 10 critical job skills that will be in demand for the future job market of Industry 4.0. Four of these skills will be particularly relevant to the high-tech economy; Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Creativity, People Management including self-leadership.
To achieve its aim of devising and developing pedagogically sound training in these critical job skills, VAKEN builds on identified needs for future work life skills or soft skills. The project also builds on successful previous projects such as Nobanet and the output of a KA203 Erasmus project called “Strengthening students' employability through enhanced skills formation".
The overall aim of the project is to create digital labs for generating and using new techniques to train students explicitly in soft skills and to develop a pedagogical approach in such a way that it meets real working-life requirements. Furthermore, the aim is to offer a programme through which the Vaken process can be offered within existing curricula, hence supporting internationalization for students, staff, and entrepeneurs.
VAKEN will have the world of small and emerging business at its heart as we build upon our experience with Nobanet’s cross-border assignments. Their interests and reactions will help guide the development of the toolkit. The result will be a new pedagogical framework recognized by education and business in the Nordic / Baltic region.
                                                                                             Mikael  Forsström  (Arcada UAS)

We are happy to announce that the 2020 edition of U-Multirank is now online. We kindly invite your university to use the following materials to support you in creating your press messages. If there are any questions, for data questions please contact us, at, for press related questions, at
  • University Promotion Guide 
  • Sunburst ("Snapshot") Explanation 
  • Download Logos/Icon 
  • EMBARGOED Press Release
  • Q+A Memo
  • 2020 Infographic
  • 2020 Master List of Universities
  • Participant Badge
  • Press webinar (presenting the new U-Multirank results and press package)
  • Interactive map showing top performers (including information regarding online provision) 
  • Infographics - How do universities perform? (available for selected countries) 
  • Full lists of 'Global Top 25' performing universities 
  • Country reports on global and national performances of universities (available for selected countries) 
                                                                                 Nida Macerauskiène (Vilnius AUS)
Dear all,
In our members area on our SPACE network website, you can enjoy this article
At this time of writing the whole world is presented with a marvellous opportunity for change. Held in the uncertain grip of an epidemiological crisis, we just don’t know for sure what will happen next, as our health care systems, the world economy and even “normal” life itself , is threatened and thrown into “Chaos” as the Covid 19 pathogen reproduces itself and spreads
A Chaos Theory Perspective
by Robin Rowley, M.Sc. & Joseph Roevens, Ph.D.
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