Beginning from this autumn, the students of Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia can take advantage of the teaching offering of the partner universities of applied sciences. Degree students can build individual learning tracks by choosing studies that are not available at their own UAS from the other two universities of applied sciences. The aim of these Green Card studies is to promote student mobility between the UASs and to add flexibility to studies. At the same time, students will have the chance to graduate quicker and get to know the operating culture of different UASs.
Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia are offering 15 credit point modules that students can include in their individual study plans. The studies take place online and are offered in Finnish and English.
Haaga-Helia's offering focuses on entrepreneurship, Laurea's theme is “Digital Business Cloud” and Metropolia focuses on the basics of production operations. This opportunity was greeted with enthusiasm by students, who submitted over one hundred applications for Green Card studies in August.
Our cooperation will deepen further in the 2017–2018 academic year when degree students will be given the opportunity to undertake a student exchange for a whole term or academic year at one of the other two UASs.
In the planned third stage, the UASs will implement joint learning tracks between the degree programmes. The following will be the first faculty-specific pilots:
Combinations of Laurea's and Metropolia's Health Care and Social Services learning tracks
Combinations of Haaga-Helia's and Laurea's Restaurant and Hospitality Management learning tracks
Combinations of all three UASs' Business learning tracks.
“Our long-term goal is to provide unrestricted mobility for the students by 2020. This will mean that students will be able to build their entire degree from the study offering of Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia. As a result, the cooperation between the Helsinki Metropolitan Area's universities of applied sciences will create new types of competence for working life, strengthening their experimental operating culture without the need for major structural changes,” say Teemu Kokko, President, CEO of Haaga-Helia, Jouni Koski, President and CEO of Laurea and Riitta Konkola, Managing Director, President of Metropolia.
Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia have formed a strategic alliance, the partnership agreement for which will be signed in the autumn. The aim is to strengthen cooperation in selected areas chosen on the basis of each UAS's profile. The alliance's key areas of cooperation are education export, increasing the students' studying opportunities, promoting entrepreneurship, the digitalisation of education, systematic development of cooperation between UASs/universities and other educational institutions in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, boosting operational and financial efficiency and increasing the amount of international competitive funding in research, development and innovation activities.
In practice, the cooperation will take place through seven projects, one of which is the Green Card project for promoting student mobility.
Teemu Kokko, President, CEO, Haaga-Helia, +358 50 555 1131
Riitta Konkola, Managing Director, President, Metropolia, +358 9 7424 5003
Jouni Koski, President and CEO, Laurea, +358 46 856 7660