Presentation on theme: "Higher Education in Finland Orientation Program for American Fulbright Grantees August 30, 2012 Senior Adviser Eeva Kaunismaa."— Presentation transcript:
1 Higher Education in Finland Orientation Program for American Fulbright Grantees August 30, Senior Adviser Eeva Kaunismaa
2 HEIs and Sectoral Research Institutes Universities (blue) Polytecnics (green) Public research institutes (red)
3 The Finnish Higher Education System The Finnish higher education system comprises two parallel sectors:University sector16 research universities, including 3 Universities of ArtsStudent enrollment , annual intake ~Independent legal persons with majority of funding through State budgetPolytechnic sector (established in the mid-1990s)25 institutionsStudent enrollment , annual intake ~Institutions partly funded by the state, partly by municipalitiesRegional development tasksBachelor degrees (vocational and professional degrees)(Professional) Master’s degrees in selected fieldsThe whole HE system provides study places for 65-70% of an age group
4 Cohorts Entering (Upper) Secondary Education and the First Cycle of Tertiary Education in
5 Structural Development of Higher Education Vision 2020Maximum of 18 polytechnicsIntake in youth education of 22,500 students (in 2009 ~26 500)Flexible and profiled higher education units and structuresStrong and dynamic interaction with the region and its employersWell-established, high-quality R&D in priority areasMaximum of 15 universitiesIntake of students (in 2009 ~19 500)Strong units and profiles; clear priorities in researchInternationalisation and world-class researchFour to five strategic university-polytechnic alliancesSecured access to education and diverse education provision in the areaJoint R&D and stronger (regional) impact
6 PM Jyrki Katainen's Government Program Priorities GeneralReduction of poverty, inequality and social exclusionConsolidation of Public financesEnhancing sustainable economic growth, employment and competitivenessIn educationFinland the most competent nation in 2020Reduction of gender differences in learning outcomes, participation and completion of educationEqual opportunities and rights to free quality educationTo ensure the availability of the workforce, especially in key educational, health and welfare servicesGuidance and counselling at all levels of educationAll primary school leavers will be guaranteed a study placeTo adapt the network of educational institutions to demographic trends
7 Government Programme on Higher Education and Science Quality, efficiency and internationalisation of HEPolytechnic Reform (legal status, funding, administration)Each province in Finland will have at least one higher education institution.The establishment of a university for the arts will be promoted.Access to higher education studies will be made smoother for example by reforming student selection.Policy on the national research infrastructure will be promoted.