CONIF VISIT TO FINLAND Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS)

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1 CONIF VISIT TO FINLAND Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) Ms. Riitta Rissanen Rectors`Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences

2 Co-operation in education

3 ARENE Arene ry is the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. It's main functions are influencing on the development of the Finnish higher education system and promoting closer cooperation between the universities of applied sciences.

4 The Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) serves to influence and promote higher education policy in Finland and Europe. it promotes co-operation between universities of applied sciences and exerts influence on the international stage. it provides universities of applied sciences with the prerequisites for high-quality, workplaceoriented higher education as well as research, development and innovation.

5 Practical HEI degrees Theory and practice At the Universities of Applied Sciences the students get both theoretical and practical competences in the professional field they have chosen. There are 26 Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland - of these 24 are operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture 140,000 students an intake of more than 27,000 young students in degree programmes for a Bachelor s degree an intake of more than 6,000 adult students in degree programmes for a Bachelor s degree an intake about 1,000 students in degree programmes for a Master s Degree

6 Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland 1. Arcada, Helsinki 2. Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 3. HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 4. HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 5. HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna 6. JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä 7. Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Kajaani 8. Central Ostrobotnia University of Applied Sciences, Kokkola 9. Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, Kotka 10. Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti 11. Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa 12. Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 13. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli 14. Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu 15. Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Joensuu 16. Police College, Tampere 17. Lappi University of Applied Sciences, Rovaniemi 18. Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta 19. Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Pori 20. Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio 21. Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Seinäjoki 22. TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere 23. Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku 24. Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa 25. Novia University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa 26. Åland University of Applied Sciences, Maarianhamina

7 Aim at professional knowledge, skills and new competences Eight disciplines and over 40 degrees from engineer to dance teacher offer a wide range of professional higher education. Professional Teacher`s Education in 5 UAS. Humanities and Education Culture Social Sciences, Business and Administration Natural sciences Technology, Communication and Transport Natural Resources and the Environment Social Services, Health and Sports Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services

8 Studies in the Universities of Applied Sciences Studies are competence based and UAS degree consist of basic and professional studies optional studies practical training Bachelor s thesis R&D projects, Bachelor`s thesis and entrepreneurship projects are implemented in close co-operation with the companies, society and working life Close co-operation with working life guarantees good job opportunities and relevant working-life based competences The extent of the studies is ECTS credits and the duration of studies is years Most UASs are multidisciplinary, i.e. part of the studies can be chosen from various different fields of study International competence is included in studies, or in and practical training abroad

9 Professional Master s Degrees Master s Dergrees in the Universities of Applied Scienses are professionally oriented HEI degrees and offer graduates already active in working life an excellent opportinity to advance and expand their skills in their own specialisation area Master s degrees ECTS credits can be completed alongside a full-time job includes a working-life development R&D project as a Master`s thesis, comprising 30 ECTS credits entry requirements: UAS degree or other suitable higher education degree and three years of relevant work experience after graduation Master s Degree includes 1) Advanced specialist studies 2) Free-choice studies 3) Master s thesis

10 Admission to education in Finland New admission portal for all education in Finland, https://studyinfo.fi/wp2/en/ The students can apply for admission to the UAS through the nation-wide application system Degree programmes taught in foreign languages might also have a separate admission procedure Most degree programmes have an entrance examination

11 Working life based Higher Education, innovations and R&D The Universities of Applied Sciences co-operate closely with companies, especially with SME`s, and wide range of society and working life and offer them e.g. research, development and innovation services projects and ventures Life-long Learning opportunities and tailor- made education services continuing education and tailor-made training Co-operation between the Universities of Applied Sciences and working life aims to support e.g. regional development, new entrepreneurship and SME`s and international capability.

12 Universities of Applied sciences in RDI activities At universities of applied sciences, research, development and innovation (RDI) are applied and practice-oriented activities, which: meet the research and development needs of corporate and other partners; produce concrete results based on a practical approach; make use of user-oriented innovation activities; influence development, well-being and improved competitiveness at a regional level. Universities of applied sciences form part of the Finnish research and innovation system, which is involved in international networks and operates in an increasingly global competitive environment. The special assets of universities of applied sciences are their applied and multidisciplinary research, development and innovation activities, which are guided by a strong user orientation and a genuine problem-solving focus.

13 Modern learning environments at universities of applied sciences Universities of applied sciences have developed work-oriented learning environments and created new RDI environments in different parts of Finland. In many cases, facilities and equipment are used jointly with other parties, such as: facilities and environments shared by universities of applied sciences and research universities; laboratories used in co-operation with businesses; joint projects of universities of applied sciences and local authorities (technology centres, business incubators).

14 Knowledge and competence You will find more information and links to the Universities of Applied Sciences in Internet at the address Please visit the pages!

15 Thank You!

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