In 2016, almost 850 students graduated from TUT with a Master of Science degree in Technology or Architecture. This is approximately 50 students more than the previous year. This figure is significant nationally, as one in three Finnish university degrees in technology is completed at TUT.
The university’s fulfilment of its national responsibility was also well evidenced in its active educational activities. Among other things, Turku launched a two-year Master of Science degree programme in Mechanical Engineering in line with TUT’s degree requirements. There is a growing demand for experts in the field in the maritime and automotive industries in particular.
TUT has developed education in a bold and inspiring manner. In 2016, the use of teaching technologies, such as video lectures and electronic exams, continued to expand. More than 10,000 completed electronic exams were registered during the year, and video lectures were used in approximately 100 courses. Study methods that are independent of time and place provide students with flexibility for completing their studies.
Another excellent example of new forms of teaching is TUTLab, a workshop for digital manufacturing that was launched to an enthusiastic reception in September. TUTLab encourages students in practical work and quick experiments.
Petri Suomala, Vice President for education
TUT has launched the first English-language Bachelor of Science in Technology degree programme in Finland. A total of 20 students from 12 different countries were admitted to the programme. Particular attention was paid to student selection. This thorough work yielded wonderful results, as an excellent group of students was admitted to the programme.
“Nearly all of the students possess good initial skills in mathematics. The students have been really enthusiastic from the get-go, and they are clearly satisfied with their choice of study,” praises Esa Räsänen, who is in charge of the programme.
The International Degree Programme in Science and Engineering, BSc (Tech) provides students with basic multidisciplinary knowledge in various subjects related to engineering and natural sciences. The theoretical studies also provide students with good language and social skills for working in an international setting.
The programme is intended to be completed in three years. Afterwards, the students move on to Master’s level studies.
The Bachelor of Science degree programme is intended for both Finnish and international students who are eligible for higher education.
Students at TUT immediately started making use of the opportunity for free 3D printing. The two printers purchased for them at TUT's library are being used almost constantly to manufacture items for both studies and recreational purposes.
“Some people try it out just for the pleasure of experimenting, but the printers are mainly used for useful work. I know of students who have designed and printed out spare parts for cars, for example. The printers have also been used to make materials, such as antennas, for courses,” says Juha Koljonen, who studies mechanical engineering and industrial systems.
The popularity of 3D printing is visible not only at the library but also in the vocational clubs of tech students, where students have built their own printers. It has been said that the members of the space technology club Castor have built the largest 3D printer in Finland to print plastic. By building a bottleneck, the printer can even be used for printing chocolate.
Staff members can use 3D printing at TUTLab. Furthermore, many faculties are investing in researching and teaching 3D printing, or additive manufacturing.
Picture: Christina Garcia Moreno and Celia Maroto Tapia from Spain are spending a year at TUT as exchange students. The 3D printer is printing out an iPad stand.
TUT took a big leap forward in the development of electronic learning environments in 2016. The number of electronic exams completed increased from 2,500 to 10,000.
The facilities for electronic exams can accommodate 75 students, which is the highest number in Finland. TUT provides the most flexible opportunities for completing electronic exams in Finland, as the facilities are open from 8:00 to 11:00 on weekends as well.
Students can come to the facilities at a time of their choosing and use a computer to complete an exam, a maturity test, a mid-course exam, or other demonstration that has been saved to the system by the teacher in advance. For students, the facilities for electronic exams add flexibility to their studies, as rather than having a specific time and date, they have an exam period during which they can complete the exam.
Flexibility is also provided by lecture recordings, which allow students to listen to a lecture again or watch a lecture they have missed due to illness. TUT has 15 lecture halls that are equipped for recording lectures. During the autumn term 2016, the Echo360 video service was used on more than 70 courses, with videos watched by over 2,200 students. In addition to lecture recordings, teachers also produce educational videos to support teaching.
Sales expertise is golden. Old school curricula are no longer sufficient, as the labour market now requires people to be able to sell their own expertise to both potential customers and employers. The Tampere3 teaching pilot took an earnest approach to the teaching of sales skills in autumn.
Students from the three institutions of higher education practised selling on a joint course worth five study credits. The course was attended by a total of 25 participants from TUT, UTA, and TAMK. Pia Hautamäki, Principal Lecturer in Sales at TAMK, was in charge of the teaching. Companies, such as Canon, Finpro, and Lassila&Tikanoja, were also strongly involved in the teaching pilot.
According to the participating students, diversity was the best part of the course. Sales were examined from different perspectives with concrete examples. The course made it clear that sales expertise is needed in every position imaginable.
The students also greatly appreciated the opportunity to get to know students from other higher education institutions in Tampere and understood that teams require different types of skills and people.
This insight bodes well for the future of the new university community!
The international Conference for the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI2016) brought approximately 300 participants together on TUT’s campus. The main theme of the four-day conference was industry–university cooperation. The programme also included presentations that covered a range of topics from equality to ethics, mathematics in engineering education, and the attractiveness of the field as a whole.
“It was a pleasure for us to have this conference at Tampere University of Technology, as we are truly committed to investing in teaching and learning. We highlighted our areas of expertise at the conference,” says Professor and Member of the SEFI Board of Directors Hannu-Matti Järvinen.
The keynote speakers of the SEFI conference included distinguished experts in the field: Mervyn Jones from Imperial College London, Aldert Kamp from TU Delft, Gary Downey from Virginia Tech, and Ville Korpiluoto from New Factory.
This was the third time that the event was held in Finland.
In 2016, 836 Masters of Science and 86 Doctors of Science in Technology or Architecture graduated from Tampere University of Technology. New teaching technologies were taken into even wider use than before. Our students took over 10,000 electronic exams during the year, and approximately 100 different courses utilised video lectures.
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