JAMK has now broken its own record in the number of credits completed in Open Studies for the seventh year in a row. With the 2019 figures, JAMK rose directly from fifth to second place in the comparison between universities of applied sciences. The free access to studies for the unemployed and laid-off people is likely to increase the popularity of the studies even further.

The Open Studies have been particularly popular in the fields of health and well-being and business administration. Study path studies that serve as a pathway to degree-awarding education have been popular irrespective of the field of study, but studies that update competence and can be pursued alongside work have also increased their popularity. Broader study modules, especially in the ICT sector, have been particularly popular.

“Open Studies enable new career paths by means of education. Studies in fields such as ICT are aimed at alleviating the shortage of experts in the sector and providing supplementary education to enable individuals to find more employment opportunities,” says Administrative Planner Maarit Korva.

Employment is further supported through an experiment whereby all of JAMK’s Open Studies are available free of charge for the unemployed and for asylum seekers. The experiment that was launched in January 2020 has attracted a lot of interest and praise.

“Students with secondary, college and higher education backgrounds alike have taken up the opportunity. Students have been particularly interested in autoCAD, HR and financial administration skills and various office programs,” says Maarit Korva.

The studies are also free of charge for those who have been laid off from their work. A precondition for free of charge access is that those planning to study report their lay-off to the local employment and economic development office.

Free access to open studies for unemployed jobseekers and asylum seekers will continue at least until the end of 2020, and its possible continuation will be assessed at the end of the year.