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New VaKe project strengthens continuous learning and development of Master’s Degree Programmes

In collaboration with Haaga-Helia and other universities of applied sciences, we have initiated a project to develop and renew Master’s degree programmes (YAMK) nationwide.

Our aim is to enhance opportunities for continuous learning and better meet the evolving demands of the workforce.

The VaKe project (National Development Project for Higher Education Master’s Programmes) focuses especially on strengthening the pedagogical skills of teaching staff and experts, developing R&D and cooperation with the workforce, and promoting flexible and location-independent educational solutions. We are also investing in the development of crediting work experience as part of studies and the opportunities for cross-study so that students can take advantage of a wider range of courses and network across university boundaries.

Developing Master’s degree programmes as part of continuous learning is essential in responding to the continuous changes in workforce needs and competency requirements. “Through this project, we create new opportunities for professionals already in the workforce to develop their skills and advance in their careers. Master’s degree programmes play a significant role in the seamless connection between the workforce and higher education, and with this project, we aim to make them even more impactful,” states project manager Juha-Pekka Liljander from HAMK.

The project is set to run during 2024 and 2025, bringing together a wide range of experts, teachers and developers from universities of applied sciences across Finland. It is expected to make significant improvements to the organization, content and quality of Master’s degree programmes, thereby enhancing students’ employability and skill development.

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About the project

VaKe project is coordinated by HAMK with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences as a partner, 1.1.2024–31.12.2025. The project gets partial funding from European Social Fund Plus (ESF+).