Being A Student In Finland: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?
All over Europe, the education system has improved vastly over the past few decades, and this allows all students to establish strong foundations for a successful career. For current students, there have been a few changes over the past 12 months, and these could affect experiences moving forward. Below, we have identified the most significant changes:
Top Satisfaction – Back in 2014, Finland was voted as the ‘best place to study in Europe’ at the International Student Satisfaction Awards. Two years later, Finland is still in the top four, and above the likes of Germany, Denmark, the UK, Spain, Austria, and Belgium; out of a possible 10, Finland scored 9.07. What’s more, the University of Tampere received an Outstanding Student Satisfaction award along with only thirteen other European universities.
For students, this is superb because they can be confident in the knowledge they’re receiving the very best support in terms of teaching and resources. In total, eleven Finnish universities received an award as they all scored above an ‘8’. In the future, this success in Finland is set to continue, and it gives students the best possible chance of success.
Brexit – Like so many other EU countries, Finland is worried about the negative impact of Brexit on their students. As well as visiting, many Finns actually go on to live in the UK after university; this number is thought to be around 20,000 with most settled in London. When Brexit goes through, students may find it tough to get a visa and stay in the country as their parents and grandparents once did.
Quality of Education – Earlier, we saw the satisfaction of Finnish students sitting high, but a UN agency recently placed Finland in first place when it comes to quality of education. From a total of 41 countries, Finland beat out the competition, and this provides confidence for all students. In 2016, 2017, and beyond, students have access to the very best education out of all the UN countries.
Increased Grants – All things considered, universities in Finland are receiving grants more frequently and of a higher value than ever before. For example, an ERC grant was recently awarded to the University of Eastern Finland to develop an osteoarthritis algorithm. With these grants, universities are able to support all students and provide them with the tools they need to conduct research and further their studies. Just recently, The University of Eastern Finland conducted invaluable research on the foetus and how they can absorb alcohol and nicotine, so these grants are also saving lives.
All in all, 2017 is a good time to be a student in Finland with high levels of satisfaction and the best education in the UN. However, there are small concerns with Brexit dominating the headlines in recent months. Of course, Finnish students will still have other options, so this crisis can be averted to an extent.