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ICT education offered jointly by higher education institutions in eastern Finland moves forward

Eastern Finland is witnessing the launch of novel collaboration in education in information and communication technology, offered jointly by the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Joensuu, and Savonia University of Applied Sciences in Kuopio. This collaboration in education between the three higher education institutions is unique in Finland, and will take place on university campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio.

By collaborating and joining resources of the higher education institutions, it is possible to provide efficient and high-quality education.

“This collaboration is also our response to the needs of the growing ICT sector in eastern Finland, enabling us to train a sufficient number of experts for the labour market. By integrating content from education provided by the university and the universities of applied sciences, we are able to offer our students the best of both. We are also keen on making study paths increasingly smooth, allowing students to effortlessly transfer from one education organisation to another,” says Professor Markku Hauta-Kasari, the Head of the School of Computing at the University of Eastern Finland.

“The objective of this collaboration in ICT is for students to complete their Bachelor's degree in the university of applied sciences, after which they can continue in the Master's degree programme at the university,” say Head of Education Mervi Heikkinen from Karelia and Director of Education Kaija Sääski from Savonia.

From the viewpoint of the university, the studies in computer science included in the present Bachelor’s degree are carried out in collaboration with the universities of applied sciences. From the viewpoint of the universities of applied sciences, on the other hand, their students will be completing the required supplementary studies already within their degree. Earlier, these supplementary studies were required as an extra from students of universities of applied sciences wishing to continue their Master's level students at the university.

For the university, the collaboration pertains to the Bachelor's level only, as the two-year Master’s degree programme will remain unchanged.

The education will be launched at the full scale in the academic year 2017–2018. Already this year, the ICT study path of eastern Finland will involve seven courses, five to be organised by the universities of applied sciences, and two by the university. These courses are open to students of the universities of applied sciences and the university.

The framework for the education collaboration has been agreed in the strategic partnership agreement between the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Savonia University of Applied Sciences.

For further information, please contact:

UEF: Professor Markku Hauta-Kasari, +358 50 4056 231,
Karelia: Head of Education Mervi Heikkinen, +358 50 4047 522,
Savonia: Director of Education Kaija Sääski, +358 44 7856 922,

Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.