2/2016

Newly launched bachelor programme stirs buzz on campus

TUT has set up the first bachelor programme taught in English in Finland. The programme was launched with 20 students this autumn. The programme in the field of natural sciences proved popular and attracted students from altogether 12 countries, including Vietnam, China and Italy.

Bachelor programme

 
The students of the new bachelor programme will complete a bachelor-level degree in three years and then move on to master’s studies.
 

“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 their degree.”

Esa Räsänen

 

Professor Esa Räsänen defines his own role as a godfather-like figure, a science ambassador of sorts.

 

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 new 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.”

The most contented Erasmus students in Finland study at TUT

The most content Erasmus exchange students in Finland study at Tampere University of Technology. According to a survey, both inbound and outbound Erasmus exchange students at TUT were highly pleased with their exchange experiences.

Out of the inbound Erasmus students at TUT, a staggering 99.5 per cent were contented with their exchange experiences. The second most pleased were the students at the Universities of Oulu and Lapland. The average rate for all Finnish higher education institutions was 65.

Among TUT’s outbound Erasmus exchange students, 95 per cent were happy with the support they received from their own higher education institution. The University of the Arts Helsinki and Centria University of Applied Sciences ranked second and the University of Vaasa came in third. The average rate was 81 per cent.

These are some of the results from the EU Survey carried out among exchange students in higher education institutions participating in an Erasmus programme during the 2014–15 semester. The survey was commissioned by CIMO, an expert organisation in international mobility and co-operation, and it covered the Erasmus students from all Finnish higher education institutions.

Erasmus is the most extensive exchange programme for higher education students in Europe.

 

Text: Minna Puntila and Sara Riihimäki
Photos: Virpi Andersin

 
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