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At Savonia UAS education is built on a concept called OIS. The letters stand for Open Innovation Space. The concept combines worklife-oriented learning and research and development activities supporting it. The focus is on creation and deepening of the connections between students and working life so that it is possible for every student to become familiar with the jobs and tasks in a particular field. Various fields of study apply their specific methods to implement worklife-oriented, active and experiential ways of learning. One example is the framework CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate), which is used in engineering and technology.
The worklife-oriented education at Savonia becomes possible thanks to the versatile networks the teaching staff have created. The staff are experts at planning the learning process and supporting their students’development. Students are active learners taking responsibility for their progress. Working in various groups and learning environments are a natural part of studies. Students, lecturers, R&D personnel and representatives from various fields solve problems together, and this requires interdisciplinary knowledge. This is how studies combine theory and practice. More theoretical studies are supported by a strong link to working life, which becomes evident when students do their internship and work on their thesis projects as well as the development tasks and projects commissioned by working life.
During their studies students create their networks and get to know local businesses, which is essential for finding an employment. Those who aim to become entrepreneurs can find their customer base already during studies. With the help of tight co-operation with businesses, students get to know local companies and interest groups and identify the opportunities they provide, no matter what the objective is: entrepreneurship or working for someone else.
Full-time studies mean that studies are arranged on weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm. The studies follow a regular timetable that each student group has. The studies include various learning methods in versatile learning environments of both Savonia UAS and working life as well as guidance and independent work. Full-time studies are based on a workload of eight hours a day and five days a week. A student’s knowledge and skills base expands and he/she earns credits in accordance with the study plan of his/her group.
It is rewarding to study. Having a positive attitude, being active and setting objectives make it possible for you to reach your goals during your studies, at work and in life. Success in studies requires a proactive attitude, perseverance, initiative, an ability to question things and stamina to complete your studies by the deadline. In addition, time management skills are
essential. You have the responsibility for your studies but also freedom to make choices. It goes without saying that it requires a lot of hard work to complete large study modules.
It is hard to succeed without motivation. Therefore it is wise to make plans for studies and think what you expect from your studies. It is also good to consider the pros and cons of combining studies and work if your plans include working and studying at the same time. Long-term objectives can be divided into smaller targets; this helps you achieve your goals more easily
and keeps you motivated!
It is possible to create a personal study plan that makes it possible for you to graduate in a shorter time than expected. The possibilities vary from one degree programme to another. Speedy progression in studies requires a realistic view on one’s abilities, commitment, flexibility, time management skills, initiative and an ability to work independently.