Accleration of transition to working life

The government hopes to achieve longer work careers and flexible study paths for higher education. Higher education institutions will reform their student selection processes in order to decrease the number of gap years after upper secondary education and to encourage students to begin their studies earlier. The intention is to increase the significance of matriculation examination results in student selections.

In the future, higher education institutions will offer education around the year. Emphasising a student-centered approach will also speed up studies. In addition, recognition of prior learning will be improved, and work life orientation and teaching of entrepreneurial skills will be increased.

The use of electronic devices as teaching aids is already well-established at Finnish higher education institutions, but there is plenty of work to be done in taking further advantage of digitalisation and in developing the competence of teaching staff in digitalisation. Digitalisation enables increasing the flexibility of study paths and facilitates more cooperation between higher education institutions and with secondary education institutions.

Current issues

Contact information

Tapio Kosunen, ylijohtaja 
OKM, Korkeakoulu- ja tiedepolitiikan osasto, Osaston päällikön esikunta 0295330440  


Birgitta Vuorinen, Opetusneuvos, ryhmän päällikkö 
OKM, Korkeakoulu- ja tiedepolitiikan osasto, Kärkihankeryhmä (KÄR) 0295330335