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Higher Education in Finland
Zagreb, Croatia 24.10.2007
Maija Airas, Head of Unit
Juha Ketolainen, Assistant Director
Centre for International Mobility CIMO
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Age:
24 –
The Finnish
education
system
Universities
3–5 years
Polytechnics
3.5–4 years
19 –
General upper
secondary education
3 years
Initial vocational
education
c. 3 years
16 –
Comprehensive school
9 years
7–
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Finnish higher education
offers plenty of choice
• an extensive network of institutions covering the
whole country
• 20 universities and 28 polytechnics
• all institutions internationally oriented with special
regional features
• for the moment no tuition fees for regular degree
students and exchange students
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Finland has one of the
densest networks of HEIs
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Universities promoting
research and artistic learning
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20 universities - 176,000 students
10 multi-faculty universities
3 universities of technology
3 schools of economics and business
administration
• 4 art academies
• all institutions are state-funded, and for the
moment state-owned
• still they enjoy full autonomy in teaching and research
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Universities promoting
research and artistic learning
• provide academic education based on research
• study time
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3 years to complete Bachelor’s degree (180 credits)
2 years to complete the Master’s degree (120 credits)
4 years to complete the Doctor’s degree (240 credits)
exception: medicine and dentistry continue with the system
of one cycle (LicentiateВґs degree, 6 years and 360 credits)
• joint application system starting for international
students for Master’s degree programmes
(www.universityadmissions.fi)
• ECTS credit system fully adopted
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Polytechnics geared
towards professionalism
• 28 polytechnics (universities of applied
sciences)
• 8 fields of study: Natural resources and the
environment; Natural sciences; Technology,
communication and transport; Social sciences, business
and administration; Tourism, catering and domestic
services; Social services, health and sports; Culture;
Humanities and education
• institutions are mostly state-funded
• 132,000 students
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Polytechnics geared
towards professionalism
• provide professionally-oriented education tailored
to the needs of the labour market
• study time
• 3.5–4 years to complete Bachelor’s degree (210–240
credits)
• 1-1.5 years to complete the Master’s degree (60-90
credits) after 3 years of work experience
• joint application system for international students
for Bachelor’s degree programmes
(www.admissions.fi)
• ECTS credit system fully adopted
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Recent HE policy
developments
• Bologna reforms (degree structure, ects/ds, quality
assurance)
• Structural developments, merging of institutions
• Changes in ownership, management of universities
• Internationalisation: student and teacher exchanges,
foreign degree students, joint study programmes and
degrees
• Market-oriented approach to internationalisation:
custom-made education, a trial on tuition fees?
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International students
in Finnish HEIs
• Degree students (2006):
• Universities: 5 434
• Polytechnics: 4 632
Total: 10 066
• Exchange students (2006):
• Universities: 4 875
• Polytechnics: 3 316
Total: 7 697
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International Strategy
for Finnish HEIs
By 2010
• 28,000 student exchanges annually
• 10,000–15,000 international degree students
Emphasis on
• Bologna process
• increase of international programmes
• clarification of entry and residence requirements of
students
• marketing of Finnish HE
• student services
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A large number of courses
taught in English
• over 400 international study programmes taught in
English
• courses ranging from short-term programmes to
entire degree programmes
• an excellent choice of subjects spanning from
high-tech know-how through to fine arts
• internationally acclaimed expertise in many areas
e.g. ICT, bio-technology, forestry and
environmental sciences, architecture and design
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Why Study in Finland ?
• good and effective education system
• affordable higher education
• variety of programmes taught in English based on
Finnish know how
• modern facilities and well trimmed student services
• peaceful and well-organised country
• advanced and unusual
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How to make your way
to Finland?
Exchange students
• Limited opportunities available: bilateral
agreements, multinational programmes
Degree students (BA and MA)
• eligibility for higher education in own country
• entrance examinations mostly required
• good command of English
• application deadlines mainly from January to May
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How to make your way
to Finland?
Post-graduate students (PhD) and researchers
• scholarships available
- bilateral scholarships
- CIMO Fellowships
- post-graduate and advanced studies of Finnish
language in Finnish university
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Academic cooperation
with Croatia?
• Tempus (12 joint projects 2000-2006 with FinnishCroatian partnership)
• CIMO scholarship programmes: limited possibilities,
postgraduate level
• Erasmus Mundus
• Mobility Finland-Croatia: room for improvement
• HE mobility statistics 2006: 7 out / 5 in (8 610/8 191)
• CIMO programmes 2006: 3 out / 3 in (10 012/13 015)
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More information
To discover Finland visit:
www.studyinfinland.fi
On CIMO programmes:
www.cimo.fi
Maija.airas@cimo.fi
Juha.ketolainen@cimo.fi
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