The gaming industry is growing rapidly, and it employs more and more people in the Interreg Aurora programme area. However, there is a shortage of expertise and skills, and maintaining the momentum for successful games in the area is dependent on high-quality gaming education. Currently, there are no higher educations in the gaming industry in the area, and students must move to universities outside the programme area if they want to pursue higher education in the field.
To address this challenge, Novia University of Applied Science and Visual Magic Education want to develop a unique cross-border higher education product that combines Swedish and Finnish expertise in game development and entrepreneurship in the creative industries.
The Interreg Aurora funded project Borderless Game Academy aims to develop cross-border educational cooperation methods that attract students to the programme area and reduce the risk of brain drain.
The project has four planned pilot actions:
- creating a transnational curriculum,
- cross-border cooperation between education organizations,
- cross-border cooperation between game students,
- and a sustainability mindset change for game education organizations and students.
The solutions include:
- a cross-border games education curricula template,
- a cross-border network for students and teachers,
- and a model for future cross-border educations.
The project’s long-term goal is to increase the number of people with higher education in the programme area and contribute to the sustainable growth of the gaming industry.