Newly launched bachelor programme stirs buzz on campusTUT has set up the first bachelor programme taught in English in Finland. This autumn, the programme was launched with 20 students. The popular programme in the field of natural sciences attracted students from altogether 12 countries, including Vietnam, China and Italy.
“All our students are young, between 19 and 22 years of age. The group shares an incredible enthusiasm for studying and the students are highly ambitious and target-oriented in everything they do,” says the head of the degree programme, Professor of Physics Esa Räsänen.
“We put in a lot of effort at the student admissions stage. We interviewed all applicants and also tested them with online assignments."
The thorough work with student selection paid off and an excellent group was gathered.
“Nearly all the students are on a good initial skills level in mathematics. The students have been really enthusiastic from the get-go and they are clearly satisfied with their choice of studies,” Räsänen praises.
The idea is for the students to complete a bachelor-level degree in three years and then to continue to master’s studies.
“After the first year, the students will choose either mathematics, physics or ICT orientation as their major. They are also allowed to include five study points of practical training in the programme.”
Minor competition and welcoming new challenges
In recent years, millions of euros have been invested in TUT’s on-campus learning environments. The library, laboratories and various facilities for independent learning get compliments from international students, in particular.
“The group has done a great job adopting the practices applied at TUT and our great new facilities surely further improve their motivation.”
“We have already seen signs of the English-language bachelor group bringing a new positive vibe to the campus and also stirring up some minor competition and the willingness to accept challenges among the Finnish-speaking groups,” Räsänen says.
Esa Räsänen does not teach students at the bachelor stage himself, but he defines his own role as a godfather-like figure, a science ambassador of sorts. Räsänen’s fields of expertise include computational quantum physics and complex phenomena.
“I was originally inspired to this field by the desire to disentangle the greatest mysteries of the universe. Physics strives to answer many interesting questions related to time, matter and energy, for example.”