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Preparations for technology education at UEF are in full gear

Starting from 2023, the University of Eastern Finland will be offering two degree programmes in the field of technology: one in technical physics and the other in sustainable materials and products.

Starting from 2023, the University of Eastern Finland will be offering two degree programmes in the field of technology: one in technical physics and the other in sustainable materials and products. Education in technology will be offered in Finnish at the Bachelor’s level, while English-taught programmes are available at the Master’s and doctoral levels.

Preparations for the launch of education in the field of technology at the University of Eastern Finland are moving forward. This March, the university joined FITech, which is a network of universities of technology in Finland, and UEF will also participate in the nationwide joint application system for degree programmes leading to the Master of Science (Technology) and the Master of Science (Architecture) degrees. This means that entrance examinations in the field of technology will be organised in Joensuu and Kuopio for the 2023 joint application round.

The university will offer a degree programme in technical physics, and a degree programme in sustainable materials and products. Both of them reflect the unique profile of the University of Eastern Finland by combining robust expertise in technical physics with health and environmental technologies.

“In the degree programme in sustainable materials and products, we train experts of both materials and information technology, who will also understand the forest-based bioeconomy and materials technology,” says Professor Markku Hauta-Kasari, Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of Science and Forestry.

“The degree programmes will also include courses in knowledge management and data processing.”

“As we are planning the programme curricula, various forms of collaboration with business and industry will also be taken into consideration. These include, for example, Master’s and Bachelor’s thesis projects completed for companies on topics that are relevant to them, summer jobs in companies, industry internships as part of studies, a project course on topics proposed by companies, and company representatives visiting our courses,” say Hauta-Kasari and Professor Jari Kaipio, who are responsible for planning the programmes.

“In doctoral education, we are also interested in the shared doctoral researcher model, working in close collaboration with industry.”

A steering group has been appointed for the university’s technology education, with the members representing the technology industry, technical universities, and stakeholders in the field of technology. The steering group will contribute to, e.g., the curricula prepared by the university, study modules with working life relevance, and collaboration with business and industry.

Content relating to the technology education will be updated at https://www.uef.fi/fi/koulutus/tekniikan-alan-koulutus (in Finnish only).

Steering group

  • UEF, Faculty of Science and Forestry, Kari Lehtinen, Dean
  • UEF, Faculty of Science and Forestry Markku Hauta-Kasari, Vice-Dean for Education
  • UEF, Department of Applied Physics, Jari Kaipio, Professor
  • Cooperative KPY: Anssi Lehikoinen, CEO
  • Unikie Oy: Seppo Kuula, CEO
  • Metsä Wood: Milla Hintikka, Director
  • Abloy Oy: Petri Lempiäinen, Director
  • Ponsse: Juha Inberg, Director of Product Development and Technology
  • Technology Industries of Finland: Touko Apajalahti, Senior Advisor, Higher Education Policy Work
  • TEK: Jari Jokinen, Executive Director
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: Antti Vasara, CEO
  • Natural Resources Institute of Finland: Antti Asikainen, Executive Vice President for Research
  • Aalto University: Jouko Lampinen, Dean; Risto Ilmoniemi, Professor; Nuutti Hyvönen, Professor
  • University of Tampere: Minnamari Vippola, Vice-Dean
  • LUT University: Esa Vakkilainen, Professor
  • Executive Head of Administration Arja Hirvonen and Head of Academic Affairs Kaisa Laitinen from the UEF Faculty of Science and Forestry serve as administrative experts in the steering committee.

For further information, please contact:
Vice-Dean Markku Hauta-Kasari, tel. +358 50 405 6231, markku.hauta-kasari@uef.fi