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Significant funding from the Ministry for Aalto-led entrepreneurship and learning projects

The funds were appropriated for the promotion of student entrepreneurship and the creation of open learning materials.
Photo: Unto Rautio

The Ministry of Education and Culture has granted EUR 2.5 million for an Aalto University-led project developing new student entrepreneurship and startup training practices for universities in co-operation with student-led entrepreneurship incubators. The goal is to increase the entrepreneurship-oriented activities of students, improve the quality of student-led high-growth entrepreneurship activities, and to promote student entrepreneurship at the national level. The project involves nine universities and eight universities of applied sciences.

’This entrepreneurial revolution that started from the student community of Aalto University has significantly changed our attitudes as well as our society in the past ten years,’ says Eero Eloranta, Aalto University’s Vice President responsible for education. ’We are very pleased to continue working with the students to promote entrepreneurship at the national level.’

’There are few things to lift one’s mood as much as the fact that the young people’s attitudes towards entrepreneurship are more positive than ever. This bodes well for Finland. The Government wants to boost the development created by Slush and the startup culture. It lives strongly in the world of higher education,’ says Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen. ’As working will in the future take an increasingly entrepreneurial form, stronger entrepreneurship skills will benefit everyone, whether they are planning to become entrepreneurs or not.’

The project developing shared open learning materials for mathematics, physics and information technology received EUR 1.7 million in funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The joint project is coordinated by Aalto University, and it involves ten universities and three universities of applied sciences. The goal is to make intelligent learning environments and the resulting interactive, digital bachelor-level study material available for the entire field of higher education.

’Our key objective is to support co-operation between universities and universities of applied sciences on the basic courses of mathematics, natural sciences and information technology. The extensive implementation of intelligent learning environments in the entire field of higher education will improve the learning results and expedite studies. Taking courses from different units becomes easier and the overlapping work of teachers can be reduced, which means that resources can be allocated to improving the quality of teaching in other ways,’ explains Vice President Eloranta.

 

Further information:

Eero Eloranta
Vice President, Aalto University
[email protected]
+358 50 432 3411

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