Competence Modules for Everyone

Authors: Elina Kirjalainen & Tytti Pintilä (eds.)

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In 2013–2015, JAMK University of Applied Sciences implemented a pilot project Diploma of Higher Education based on a proposal by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Diplomas of Higher Education are structured competence modules that consist of parts of degrees. The modules are open to all, regardless of educational background or previous work experience. 

The pilot project investigated the needs of working life for new modules narrower in scope than existing degrees and how they best meet the needs of students with various backgrounds. The task was to build a national model of Diploma of Higher Education, in Finnish korkeakouludiplomi. 

This publication addresses the higher education policies and international development that had an impact on Diplomas of Higher Education. Four pilot programmes are described in detail. The implementation and the significance of the model is also evaluated and suggestions to further development of such competence modules are given.

Publication series: Publications of JAMK University of Applied Sciences 217
ISSN: 1456-2332
ISBN 978-951-830-416-9 (PDF)
Published: 2015
Pages: 92

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