The Taideyliopisto (University of the Arts Helsinki) has announced the selection of 313 new students for the upcoming academic year, reflecting a surge in interest in the university's programs, particularly among international applicants. With a total of 5,079 applications received for undergraduate programs, an increase of 416 compared to the previous year, the university continues to be one of the most sought-after institutions in Finland.
Project strengthens language and digital skills of immigrant women to enhance employment opportunities
The employment rate of women with an immigrant background is lower than that of Finnish women, and the disparity is even greater compared to men. In the "Digillä opin portaille" project, the language and digital skills of immigrant women were strengthened to address this issue. A recent publication highlights the outcomes of the project.
The project aimed to enhance the educational and employability skills of immigrant women.
Massive education budget cuts proposed in government negotiations – Could lead to closure of over 100 educational institutions
According to information made public, government negotiators are considering a drastic 50 percent cut in funding for adult education based on a proposal by the Ministry of Finance. Such a decision would have severe consequences for employment, continuous learning, public well-being, and regional equality. A joint statement from 14 organizations warns that numerous educational institutions would be forced to shut down as a result of these budget cuts.
Overhaul of certificate-based admission to universities planned for 2026
The Vice-Rectors for Education of the Rectors' Council of Finnish Universities (UNIFI) have presented a proposal for a new scoring model for certificate-based admission to universities. The aim is to ease the pressures on general upper secondary students and allow them to focus on subjects that interest them. The new scoring model is expected to be implemented from 2026 onwards, with universities making their decisions and announcing them in autumn 2023.
No respite for Kenyan nurses: Unpaid fees put Nandi nurses in risk of deportation after Uasin Gishu Incident
A group of Kenyan nursing students who were offered the opportunity to study overseas in Finland at Edusampo in Lappeenranta are now facing the risk of abrupt deportation due to confusion surrounding the payment of fees. These 15 students were allegedly assured financial support by the Nandi County government, but the promises made have not been fulfilled, leaving the students struggling to make ends meet.
Helsinki proposes more flexibility for applying to high schools - new high school on the way too!
The Helsinki Department of Education and Culture is proposing new measures to provide flexibility in applying to high schools (lukio) in Helsinki. According to the press release, high school admissions would be open year-round for both Finnish and Swedish-language schools. The proposed changes would be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the Finnish-language division on May 16, 2023.
Kenyan students in Finland face uncertain future amid non-payment from counties
A Kenyan student died by suicide in Finland on April 18 after being frustrated and depressed from hardships in the country. The student had been studying for a degree in nursing at Laurea University, and took his own life at the age of 26, struggling with frustration and depression in a foreign nation after leaving Kenya on October 30, 2022. Reports suggest that the student had been facing physical health issues since last October and had been bogged down by the difficulties he faced in Finland.
Architecture students explore the essence of light within Erasmus project of three universities
Tampere University of Applied Sciences’ (TAMK) architect students got 30 visitors from Germany and Greece at the end of March. Erasmus Blended Intensive Program (BIP) courses are unique international cooperation in the field of engineering.
Together with Jade Hochschule in Oldenburg and Aristotle University in Athens, TAMK organizes a tripartite study unit Light in architecture.
Hanken School of Economics introduces English Bachelor's Program and appoints new vice-rectors
The Board of the Hanken School of Economics has announced the establishment of a new English-taught Bachelor's degree program alongside the traditional Swedish-taught program during its meeting on April 19, 2023. The first students for the new program will be selected in 2024. Additionally, the board appointed Gyöngyi Kovács, Mika Gabrielsson, and Sören Kock as new vice-rectors.
Alavude middle school wins national school food competition with "Friendship Table" to prevent loneliness
Alavuden middle school has won the nationwide "School cafeterias to restaurants" contest with its Friendship table proposal. The competition aimed to increase young people's participation in planning school meals, offer an easy way for schools to collect young people's ideas on improving the school meal situation, and encourage the implementation of these ideas. Alavude middle school's winning proposal involves creating a separate "friendship table" in the school cafeteria, where students can sit when they feel lonely.
Over 30,000 applicants apply for Helsinki University's programs in joint application process
Over 30,000 people have applied to study at the University of Helsinki through the joint application process for higher education. The most popular program is the legal clerk program, while the new master's program in healthcare development has become the most popular master's program. The university received 27,300 applications for undergraduate programs and 3,200 for master's programs.