Presentation on theme: "Www.tuas.fiwww.turkuamk.fi Projects as stepping stones to employability in the ICT field in South West Finland Kalliopi Skarli 25 September 2014."— Presentation transcript:
www.tuas.fiwww.turkuamk.fi Projects as stepping stones to employability in the ICT field in South West Finland Kalliopi Skarli 25 September 2014
Why are projects important? graduate skills & competences university success graduate employability economic competitiveness labour market needs
Projects develop employability skills subject knowledge communication skills teamwork skills critical thinking problem-solving industry links labour market entry
Purpose of the study Project ontology What types of projects TUAS students can participate? Projects-thesis- labour market entry How many of those projects are commissioned by companies? What types of projects students take on as thesis topics? Are thesis projects related to labour market entry?
Sample Information Technology graduates in 2013 Finnish-language of instruction N= 42 (37 male, 5 female) Why 2013? graduate accessibility reflection of contemporary labour market
Method exploratory case study multiple sources – the database of curricula and course implementation plans (SoleOPS) + validation from the Degree Programme Manager – thesis database of the Finnish universities of applied sciences (Theseus) + library records + personal archives – official TUAS webpages – LinkedIn profiles + personal communication
The ecosystem and its mechanisms Conceive Design Implement Operate (CDIO) educational approach – Turku Game Lab – ESCfi – CloudIT – ICT Portti – regional & global tech competitions (ICT Showroom, Microsoft Imagine Cup)