Turku university building. Photo: Johan Jönsson

In the spring's second joint application period for higher education, which concluded on March 27, 2024, the University of Turku emerged as the most popular institution among applicants in Finland. A record-breaking total of 31,824 candidates applied for the Finnish-language degree programs offered by the university, marking the highest number of applicants the University of Turku has ever received. This figure surpasses the previous record set in 2021 by 313 applicants, with the record being broken in the last hour of the application period.

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A total of 6,257 individual applicants applied from both Finland and abroad to VAMK’s international degree programs. Photo: Kasper Dahlkarl/ VAMK

Finnish higher education institutions are witnessing a significant interest in their English-language programs, particularly in the social and healthcare sectors, as well as in business management and engineering. The recent first joint application round for the spring of 2024, which concluded on January 17, highlights this trend.

At Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak), there were 1,981 applicants for their English-language Bachelor's programs in social and healthcare.

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Hanken School of Economics, renowned for its business education, has witnessed a remarkable surge in applications for its newly launched Bachelor in Business programme, attracting 1,376 applicants in its first joint application. The enthusiasm for the programme is complemented by an all-time high of 1,833 applicants for its master's programme in English.

The Finnish institution concluded its first joint application process for foreign language education on January 17, 2024,

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In a notable shift within the Finnish education system, an increasing number of students are opting for non-religious ethics (ET) courses over traditional religious studies. This trend, highlighted by data collected directly from municipalities for the 2023-24 academic year, reveals a significant rise in the popularity of ET courses across Finland.

Data from the ten largest municipalities and a sample of smaller towns indicate that the number of students enrolled in ET courses has surged by 30-60% over the last five years,

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Recent research conducted by the ifo Institute and the University of Milano-Bicocca reveals a striking correlation between the academic performance of immigrant children and the overall ability level of their classmates in Italy. The study, focused on the impact of class composition on immigrant students, highlights a significant challenge faced by children from less advantaged immigrant backgrounds, especially those who do not speak the local language at home or have parents born abroad.

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Conceptual images of the kood/Sisu coding school's facilities Photo: Design Office Hiili & Timantti

The upcoming opening of the kood/Sisu coding school in Savilahti, Kuopio, scheduled for March, has garnered significant interest, attracting over 1000 applicants from 23 different nationalities. The school's innovative approach to software development education, focusing on practical, work-oriented learning rather than traditional academic qualifications, has resonated with a diverse group of aspirants, including those from Estonia, Spain, and Colombia.

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Students in class at Itäkestus school. LEHTIKUVA

Over the past decade, Helsinki has experienced a notable rise in the overall education level of its population, attracting a highly educated workforce. However, this upward trend in education has not been uniformly distributed across the city's various districts. A new publication from the City Office reveals that the most significant disparities are evident between areas with the highest and lowest levels of education, although some narrowing of these differences is being observed.

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Hanken School of Economics has achieved a significant leap in the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, ascending to the 12th position in the business administration category. This milestone marks a remarkable improvement from last year's rank, which placed the institution within the 51-75 range.

Shanghai Ranking is renowned for its rigorous evaluation of higher education institutions, focusing on research performance, including output, influence, quality, international collaborations, and academic awards.

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Doctoral hat. Photo: National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

The University of Turku has secured a significant €3.3 million funding from the European Union to launch a doctoral training project focused on addressing the skill shortages in the domains of green and digital transitions.

Professor Petteri Alho of the University of Turku's Geography Department will lead the "Solutions for Green and Digital Transition (UTU-GreDiT)" initiative,

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Oulu University in Finland is set to launch a one-of-a-kind postdoctoral program aimed at training experts in the field of healthcare-related big data. The initiative will train 25 internationally recruited postdoctoral researchers to become future specialists in the healthcare data sector. This ambitious project has secured a substantial €3.6 million funding from the European Union.

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Finland's Education Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson. Photo: Finnish Government

Finland's Education Minister, Anna-Maja Henriksson, is embarking on a four-day mission to India, commencing this Monday, in an ambitious move to fortify bilateral ties in the educational sector. The visit aims to bolster Finnish educational exports and enhance collaboration with India's central and state education officials.

The Embassy of Finland in India highlighted the main objectives of the trip, stating, "The mission is crafted to intensify existing educational projects and reinforce their operative and export capabilities.

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