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Towards a more sustainable Finland with SIMHE and Talent Boost operations

Finland needs more high-skilled workforce. International professionals are a tremendous pool of talent for Finland. Our mission is to help these talents find employment in their own field in our country.

Metropolia provides SIMHE services (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland) for highly educated immigrants to recognise their competences and to guide them to suitable study and career paths. We also develop guidance and support for Metropolia international degree students to find employment in Finland. The operations are funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Metropolia has developed SIMHE functions since 2016. SIMHE services are also provided by Arcada, Karelia, Oulu and Savonia universities of applied sciences and the universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Turku as well as the Tampere University Community. Learn more about about SIMHE services in higher education institutions on the EDUFI website.

We are also actively involved in the national and regional Talent Boost network. The Talent Boost activities develop the attraction, integration and employment of international talents in Finland. Read more on Talent Boost activities on the website of the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.


Metropolia SIMHE services

Metropolia SIMHE services provide guidance and counselling, recognition of competence and opportunities to develop competence for immigrants with a higher education background - either eligible to apply for higher education or with some studies or a full degree completed in higher education.

Discover our services for international professionals and future talents

SIMHE services

What are SIMHE services about and what opportunities do international professionals and future talents have with us? SIMHE helps you find your study and career path in Finland.

Personal guidance discussion

In a one-to-one discussion with a SIMHE Career Coach you will identify the suitable study and career path for you and start mapping your competence, based on your individual needs.

Guidance Generalia lectures

The Guidance Generalia are lectures and info sessions open to all immigrants. The topics are selected to help you navigate your study options and develop your career prospects in Finland.

Recognition of competence

How can you get started with recognising your key competences? Metropolia also provides recognition of competence by a professional in selected fields of study and for limited target groups.

Higher education preparatory programme for immigrants

Do you wish to study for a degree in Finnish in a university of applied sciences? Metropolia provides studies to prepare you for this. The courses are taught in Finnish.

Study opportunities and developing competence

Are you interested to study Finnish or to develop your field-specific competence? Metropolia offers you a wide range of options from individual courses to tailored programmes and full degrees.

Statistics on SIMHE guidance

We collect statistics on our customers to develop and target our services better.

The statistics are updated quarterly: Q1=January–March, Q2=April–June, Q3=July–September, Q4=October–December.

Personal guidance consists of a 1-hour-appointment, preparation based on the information provided by the client in advance, and an email summary sent afterwards, including the key points discussed at the appointment and useful links for the client.

Recognition of Competence includes at least one individual discussion with a Metropolia expert, based on which a document describing the customer's competence is drafted. Typically the service also includes group guidance sessions. As in the past years the service has been integrated in different projects and other service concepts, the number of group guidance sessions might vary slightly.

In addition, we provide digital services:

Usage of SIMHE services in years 2016-2021
Type of guidanceQ1-Q2/20212020201920182017Q2-Q4/2016
Personal guidance151325338330250100
Guidance Generalia108194212256208115
Other group guidance153*602**73258--
Recognition of competence61***10****32****199670

* = Also within the project SIMHE Continuation
** = Also within the projects SIMHE path and SIMHE Continuation
*** = For some of the Spouse Program's Career Track participants and for the participants in the Career Boost programmes in the project Developing Competence Center Functions in the Helsinki Region
**** = Within the SIMHE path project

Explore our publications

Towards a Finland of talents together – insights on the SIMHE operations (2021)

A publication sharing the insights, best practices and experiences of the strategy period 2017-2020 of SIMHE in Finland. The articles are written by SIMHE customers, representatives of higher education institutions and stakeholders from around Finland.

Various variables blog

In this blog we share our experiences, tips and advice and insights to our customers and stakeholders. We publish blog texts regularly.



SIMHE-Metropolia takes part in projects that are related to education, recognition of competences and guidance for immigrants and international degree students.

Talent Helsinki project

  • Metropolia is a partner in the project coordinated by City of Helsinki. The aim of Talent Helsinki project is to improve employment among international degree students and international talents in the Helsinki region. The project will further develop the JobTeaser portal introduced in the Talent Boost AIKO project "International talents accelerating growth" (2019-2021). The goal is to increase activity and the number of employers and international degree students in the JobTeaser portal.
  • The project takes place in 2021-2022 and is funded by Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

Developing Competence Center Functions for the Helsinki Region

  • Metropolia runs the project in collaboration with the local government pilots on employment of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa-Kerava. The project aims to develop and pilot a service concept for improving employment among foreign-language speaking jobseekers who have a higher education degree. The concept includes guidance services, workshops and education tracks in automation business, business administration, construction and real estate, ICT and nursing. In the nursing track the goal is to obtain the right to practise the profession in Finland.
  • The project runs from 2020 to 2022 and it is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

SIMHEapp II project 

  • Metropolia is a partner in the project coordinated by Karelia University of Applied Sciences, extending and further developing the digital mobile platform that helps to recognise immigrants’ competences and supports their guidance. The application was developed in the SIMHEapp project (2017-2019) and the updated version will also include support for employment paths and non-degree related educational paths.
  • The project takes place in 2019-2022 and is funded by Ministry of Education and Culture.

    Finished projects

    • SIMHE continuation project (2019-2021): The project developed an integrated career guidance and Finnish language-learning model for international degree students to support their employment in Finland. The project also evaluated the SIMHE activities and experiences in Finland. The project was funded by Ministry of Education and Culture.

    • International talents accelerating growth project (2019-2021): The project improved employment among international degree students and developed the attraction and integration of international talents in the Helsinki region. The Talent Boost AIKO funded project was run in a network of 12 partners in the Helsinki region.

    • SOTE-silta project  (2018-2021, page in Finnish): The ESR funded co-project of four universities of applied sciences developed a meaningful and cost-efficient process for recognising competences, granting professional practice rights and supporting employment in certain professions in the field of health care.

    • Deploying Competence in Finland project (2018-2020, EDUFI): The project aimed at creating an ecosystem in Helsinki Capital Region that enables recognition of competences and guidance of highly educated immigrants to enter to the most competence-related educational or career path that also supports integration to the Finnish society.

    • SIMHE path (2018-2020, ESF): The project aimed to make the highly educated immigrants' competences more visible and to develop a regionally customised (Northern Finland, Eastern Finland and Helsinki Capital Region) educational project to support employment. This model can also be applied and adopted by other institutions of higher education.

    • Getting ready - A higher education preparatory program for Immigrants (2017-2019, Ministry of Education and Culture): In this co-project of nine universities of applied sciences in Finland an advanced training programme was developed to improve immigrants' access to higher education. Also national recommendations were provided.


    Primary e-mail: simhe [at]

    Anne Karjalainen
    Project Manager (Developing Competence Center Functions in the Helsinki Region)
    anne.karjalainen [at]
    Tel. +358 (0)50 441 7713

    Outi Lemettinen
    Project Manager (SIMHEapp II, Talent Helsinki)
    outi.lemettinen [at]
    Tel. +358 (0)40 50 370 8120

    Elsa Mäki-Reinikka
    Business Coordinator
    elsa.maki-reinikka [at]
    Tel. +358 40 620 7052

    Marika Antikainen
    Project Coordinator
    marika.antikainen [at]
    Tel. +358(0)40 681 1244

    Guidance and counselling services

    Emilia Deseille
    Career Coach
    Contact for guidance and counselling customers: simhe [at]
    emilia.deseille [at]
    Tel. +358 (0)40 671 3888

    Riia Hoppania
    Career Coach
    Contact for guidance and counselling customers: simhe [at]
    riia.hoppania [at]
    Tel. +358 (0)50 505 6997

    Anu Luoma
    Career Coach
    Contact for guidance and counselling customers: simhe [at]
    anu.v.luoma [at]
    Tel. +358 (0)40 714 5117

    Anu-Helena Pitkänen
    Career Coach
    Contact for guidance and counselling customers: simhe [at]
    anu-helena.pitkanen [at]
    Tel. +358 (0)50 525 1885

    Niina Tapanainen
    Career Coach
    Contact for guidance and counselling customers: simhe [at]
    niina.tapanainen [at]
    Tel. +358 (0)40 621 6636


    Visiting address

    Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
    Myllypuro campus
    Myllypurontie 1, 00920 Helsinki