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Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences



A concise presentation of the Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences (Finland).

A concise presentation of the Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
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  • 1. The Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences oncampus.fi30 Nov 2012 Copyright Finnish Online UAS 1
  • 2. Universities and UASs –(universities of applied sciences) in Finland The Finnish university education system consists of two sectors: universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS).  The mission of universities is to conduct scientific research and provide instruction and postgraduate education based on it.  UASs train professionals in response to labour market needs and conduct R&D which supports instruction and promotes regional development in particular.  Source:
  • 3. Finnish educational system Licenciate & DoctoralAGE level 25 MA / M.Sc. MA / M.Sc. 24 23 22 UNIVERSITIES UNIVERSITIES OF APPLIED SCIENCES 21 20 BA / B.Sc. BA / B.Sc. 19 19 18 UPPER VOCATIONAL 17 SECONDARY SCHOOLS 16 SCHOOLS 16 15 14 Upper Stage 13 12 COMPREHENSIVE 11 SCHOOLS 10 Lower Stage 9 8 7
  • 4. Universities and UASs in Finland Finland has 16 universities and 26 universities of applied sciences. UASs are run either by  local authorities  municipal educational consortia  private organisations or foundations UsAS get most of their financing from the Finnish Ministry of Education. In Finland, UsAS give Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, but have no doctoral level studies. UsAS are oriented to applied sciences and labour market needs.4
  • 5. Finnish Online University of Applied Sciences Founded in 2001, was at first called ”the Finnish Virtual Polytechnic”. A consortium of all (26) Finnish universities of applied sciences Based on the Information Strategy of the Finnish Ministry of Education Coordinated by the Development Unit, located at Tampere UAS 5
  • 6. Rectors Conference of Administration and actorsFinnish Universities ofApplied Sciences Online UAS contact person in each UASSteering group Administrator of theChairman: Jouko Paaso, Rector course exchange systemof Oulu UAS in each UAS eOfficials of the course exchange system in each Finnish Online UAS UAS Development Unit Four councelling groups from UsAS 6
  • 7. Objectives of the Finnish Online UAS network  To arrange exchange of online courses between all Finnish UAS’s.  To develop policies of acceptance of studies between universities of applied sciences.  To offer quality assurance tools for evaluate online materials and courses  To promote modern information and communications technology in learning.7
  • 8. The Portal –, A gateway to educational contents and courses offered by all the Finnish UASs Centralized e-learning services for everyone interested in learning Study Services for students (applying for courses online) and staff (handling the applications)8
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  • 10. Study Services The most important service of the portal, in use since 2001. UAS students can apply for courses arranged by other Finnish UASs. The study officials handle the students’ enrollments for courses electronically. The studying takes place mainly outside the portal. From the technological point of view any educational institution could easily be added to the system – including foreign universities.10
  • 11. Study services and search for courses 11
  • 12. Two-phase acceptance for the students’ applications The student applies for a course arranged by another UAS. The home university of the student supports (or does not support) the student’s electronic application for a course arranged in another UAS The receiving university (the university arranging the course) gives its acceptance for the student’s application. The student gets an e-mail and instructions how to start the course. The information system as such could easily be used with foreign universities 12
  • 13. Application and administration process
  • 14. Financial issues The studies via the Finnish Online UAS are free of charge for Finnish UAS degree students. The money transfer only takes places between the universities. Money transfers are invisible for the student. The home university of the student pays for studies the student takes at another UAS. The receiving university (arranging the course) gets a payment for each incoming student / course.14
  • 15. Numbers of courses on portal 2003 - 2011 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011Opintojaksojen lkm 192 363 548 494 682 707 811 893 845
  • 16. More information oncampus.fi30 Nov 2012 Copyright Finnish Online UAS 16