Students in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area will soon have the chance to try out flexible cross-institutional learning tracks in different educational levels and fields. The creation of flexible learning tracks is part of wider strategic cooperation between the universities of applied sciences in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, which will take place under the Knowledge and Education key project of the Government Programme. The TalentTrack project run by Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia aims at lighter transfers between different education levels and sectors. In Metropolia's case, the aims are now being fulfilled through Engineering studies.
Metropolia and Aalto University signed a strategic cooperation agreement in February 2016, deepening their cooperation and strengthening competence in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The aim is to create new activities especially in Engineering studies based on the higher education institutions' own profiles and strengths. The cooperation will be expanded more and more systematically to encompass online courses and open university education, multidisciplinary projects and appropriate shared use of premises and equipment. The aim is also to enable more flexible student transfers from one higher education level to another.
This aim will be put into concrete action in Metropolia's Electrical and Automation Engineering studies, which will include a 15 credit point module called “Mathematical Methods in Electrical Engineering and Automation Technology”, beginning in October. The module has been designed together with Aalto University's School of Electrical Engineering and is intended for students of the Electronics and the Electrical and Automation Engineering degree programmes who are in the final stages of their studies. There was plenty of interest in the module at the info event held on 15 September, with about 50 Metropolia students present to hear about the course module and the opportunities offered by Aalto University.
“The module's content is designed so as to supplement the theoretical skills of engineers graduating from Metropolia, enabling them to catch up with Bachelors of Electrical Engineering at Aalto University. The module also includes a clear focus on electrical engineering, making it attractive to students who are not aiming for further studies”, says Heikki Valmu, Head of the Department of Electrical and Automation Engineering at Metropolia.
According to Keijo Nikoskinen, Vice Dean of Electrical Engineering at Aalto University, there is a real need for good Master's degree students, and the aim is to increase the number of graduating Masters of Sciences in Electrical Engineering by about 20 per cent.
“The UAS Engineer's degree provides good competence for success in our university Master's degree studies. What is important is the motivation and the passion for studying - it's not just about skills. No entrance examinations will be held, but instead students can apply with a degree certificate and a motivation letter. Completing the module implemented at Metropolia will increase the students' readiness for further studies and definitely make it easier to embark on their Master's degree studies”, says Keijo Nikoskinen.
Nikoskinen does not see any contradictions between Aalto University's Master's degree studies and UAS Master's degrees. “The studies have different perspectives. Students in the university track, who often lack a professional experience of several years, want to develop their competence and skills on a more general level, whereas UAS Master's students may have a clearer focus on developing competence related to their current job.”
Vantaa Vocational College Varia and Metropolia are also starting an education trial in Engineering in the autumn of 2016. The aim is to offer Varia's Logistics, Automotive and Building Services students the opportunity to complete UAS studies during their vocational college studies, speeding up their studies by a year. The target group consists of students applying for Varia in the joint application process who already know when applying that they are aiming for UAS Bachelor's degree studies in one of the aforementioned fields, want a fast track to these studies and want practical studies in the basic knowledge and skills needed by engineers in their work.
This cooperation will be piloted in three of Metropolia's degree programmes, namely Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, Building Services and Industrial Management. The method of completing the studies will vary from programme to programme.
“Varia's HEPAC and Electrical Building Services students will complete the first-year studies at Metropolia over a period of three years. The studies' competence outcomes are the same as those for UAS Engineer students, but Varia's lecturers will be responsible for a significant part of the teaching. Metropolia's lecturers will be responsible for assessing and accrediting the course performance. A total of 20 Building Services students from Varia chose the Metropolia track this autumn. Once they have completed the studies in the track, they will have the opportunity to obtain a study place through the open UAS application process without having to take an entrance exam”, says Jorma Säteri, Head of the Department of Real Estate and Building Services at Metropolia.
Heikki Valmu, Head of Department
tel. +358 40 739 6735
Jorma Säteri, Head of Department
tel. +358 40 548 5429