1/2015

New professorship in engineering pedagogy

 

TUT is committed to the continuous development of the quality of teaching and its vision to achieve a solid reputation as Finland’s best learning environment for engineering students.

 

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) establishes a new professorship in engineering pedagogy supported by a EUR 600,000 donation from the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation. The professorship is the first of its kind in Finland.

The new professorship is created to promote the development of engineering pedagogy and related engineering education research. The holder of the post will explore current developments and future directions in engineering pedagogy. As the digital revolution is reshaping the landscape of higher education, the repertoire of teaching strategies must be broadened to meet the future needs of students.

“Engineering professionals will need an increasingly wide range of competencies, such as entrepreneurial knowledge, interpersonal skills and an in-depth understanding of global challenges. We want to contribute to the important work being done at TUT to develop engineering pedagogy. The new professorship will not only help students improve their skills but also maintain their motivation,” says Laura Juvonen, Secretary General of the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation.

TUT pursues international excellence in engineering education

The new professorship and the initiation of a new line of research reflect TUT’s commitment to the continuous development of the quality of teaching and its vision to achieve a solid reputation as Finland’s best learning environment for engineering students. The efforts have already been recognized, as TUT was awarded the highest possible rating for its quality assurance system following an audit conducted by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) in 2014.

TUT operates in the form of a foundation and therefore has more leeway to invest the proceeds from the TTY Foundation's capital in selected areas. The TTY Foundation’s Board has decided to allocate EUR 2 million to the development of teaching and learning environments in 2015–2016.

“The results of a survey conducted among BSc graduates by the Ministry of Education and Culture demonstrate that students are more satisfied with their overall well-being at TUT than any other university in Finland. The new professorship and the investments decisions made by our Board will allow us to explore whole new avenues for developing pedagogy in the fields of engineering”, Vice President Mika Hannula says.

“The endowment will encourage the University to continue its valuable work to develop learning environments and the quality of teaching and build closer ties with industry,” says Cargotec’s Executive Vice President Matti Sommarberg. He sits on the Board of the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation.

Tampere3 breaks down institutional boundaries

Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Applied Sciences have launched a project dubbed as ‘Tampere3’,  which seeks to establish a unique academic community in Tampere. They have a vision to offer degree programmes that cut across institutional boundaries and to foster greater opportunities for multidisciplinary research.

Fresh perspectives on learning and pedagogy are needed to make the bold visions a reality. One of the committees making preparations for Tampere3 focuses on future learning environments.

”Tampere3 represents an opportunity to start afresh and develop unique student-centred learning environments and pedagogical solutions. An integral part of our efforts is the development of digital learning environments,” says Kirsi Reiman, Head of Education at TUT.

 
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