Constructors should see their professional role not only as
constructors and designers of buildings but also as social
decision-makers, says Mr. Risto Vahanen, board chairman of
Helsinki-based Vahanen Consulting Engineers, and has the same broad view
about engineer training in polytechnics and universities of applied
Asked about the merger of Stadia and EVTEK, he replies that there is a
definite need for multidisciplinary and solid higher education in
engineering, and continues that in Metropolia cooperation can be
deepened between different engineering fields and new ways can be found
to fill in the "grey areas", indeed calling Metropolia an
"opportunity that must not be allowed to slip by".
As the different training branches related to construction will operate
under the same roof, the potential for cooperation will be much greater
and, provided it is carried out properly, unnecessary barriers can be
According to Mr Vahanen, it is important to focus on recognising
potential and on teacher training, which is something the labour market
can help with.
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