Metropolia University of Applied Sciences has launched Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education SIMHE project to start services for recognizing prior learning and competence of highly educated immigrants and their guidance. The project is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Metropolia is developing the new model together with the UniPID network that is coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä.
The aim of the project is to streamline the recognition of prior learning (RPL) of highly educated immigrants, who reside in Finland with various statuses, and guiding them to higher education both on national and regional level. The project seeks to establish a model that can be used by other higher education institutes in Finland joining the activities.
The project aims at ensuring that highly educated immigrants arriving in Finland will have their prior learning, studies and degrees recognized and acknowledged swiftly according to the national practices and that they will be guided to meaningful educational and career paths.
At SIMHE-Metropolia, we guide immigrants, who have a degree or previous studies in higher education, to find the most suitable educational or career path. SIMHE Metropolia provides services both for recognition of prior learning and competence and guidance. The guidance services are available for all immigrants with higher education background and recognition of prior learning and competence is offered for those who already have a residence permit in Finland.
Guidance services include personal guidance and monthly Guidance generalia sessions that inform immigrants about the Finnish education system and how to apply to Finnish higher education as a degree student or to supplement previous studies.
Services for Recognising Prior Learning and Competence include both personal guidance and also more in-depth evaluation on professional skills and competence. Those immigrants who have a residence permit can have their skills and competence evaluated through demonstration. Participants will receive a document on the test that explains what has been tested and with which methods.
The first test day on recognition of prior learning was piloted in April 2016 in the field of technology
SIMHE-Metropolia continues the services for recognition of competencies and prior learning in October-November 2016.
Recognition of competences consists of two forms in recognising competencies and prior learning
Services for recognition of competencies are aimed at immigrants, who
Additionally, a customer aims at fast employment to the Finnish labour market.
Mapping Competencies is carried out through
These methods enable us to find out, what kind of competencies the customer has and how these competencies can be compared within the similar education in Finland.
After Mapping Competencies, a customer receives a document in which we aim at
A customer has a possibility to take part in Demonstrating Competencies after taking part and completing the Mapping of Competencies.
In Demonstrating Competencies, a customer takes part in a Metropolia’s work-based project together with Metropolia degree students.
It is possible to make customer’s competences more visible to the employer who has ordered the project from Metropolia and thus help a customer to link with professional life through a work-based project.
After Demonstrating Competencies, a customer receives a document in which his/her competencies are given a more in-depth evaluation and a customer also receives a Metropolia study transcript from the completed work-based project.
According to a research made by Helsingin Seudun Kauppakamari (2016), a foreign employee and a foreign degree often raises questions among the employers.
Our services aim at giving answers to the employers concerning questions about the recognition of competences. By participating in the work-based projects, the company is given an opportunity to get a better insight on the added value that a person with an immigrant background can bring to the company. The participation is also a good recruitment channel for students.
The recognition of competence service also links the immigrants with the Finnish students who are completing their degrees at Metropolia. All this brings multiculturalism into study and working life, which is the current trend in all areas of life in the contemporary world. Read more about the Metropolia's project cooperation with the employers >>
Primary e-mail: simhe-info metropolia fi
Heidi Stenberg, Project Director
heidi.stenberg metropolia fi
+ 358 40 535 3388
Marianne Autero, Project Coordinator
marianne.autero metropolia fi
+358 40 621 6636