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SIMHE services at higher education institutions

Questions related to the higher education of immigrants and asylum seekers are especially discussed in the higher education institutions responsible for SIMHE services (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education in Finland), supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture. In the pilot stage in 2016, the first higher education institutions responsible were the University of Jyväskylä and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. In 2017, SIMHE was joined by four new higher education institutions: University of Helsinki, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and University of Turku.

The aim is to enhance the identification and recognition of prior learning (AHOT) of highly educated immigrants of different statuses and make it easier to direct immigrants to higher education on a national and regional level. The purpose is to ensure that the previous studies and degrees of highly educated immigrants are identified and recognised according to national policies as quickly as possible so that these people find their way to appropriate education and careers paths.

For more information, see the website of the Ministry of Education and Culture (in Finnish)

SIMHE higher education institutions

University of Helsinki

Advice and guidance for immigrants’ higher education and related questions on working life. The service is intended for all immigrants who need guidance and advice on reaching appropriate higher education and career paths. Advice is given by email and in individual appointments.

For more information, see the University of Helsinki website

University of Jyväskylä

Individual face-to-face guidance and by video for immigrants eligible for higher education or highly educated immigrants living in different parts of Finland. Guidance discussions are based on the person’s educational background and educational and professional interests in Finland as well as questions related to language skills. Advice is also given to small groups and everyone interested at public study information events. SIMHE at JYU cooperates closely with the Home in Jyväskylä project, universities of applied sciences and other educational units to provide higher education advice in the Central Finland area. Operations also focus on improving the processes of student applications.

For more information, see the University of Jyväskylä website

Karelia University of Applied Sciences

The SIMHE Karelia guidance services produce services for immigrants related to guidance and identification of prior learning to support education paths, employment and integration. The operation is connected to the inquiry-based development and systematic projectisation of immigrant work on a national and international level. SIMHE Karelia services are available for immigrants in the entire Central Finland area.

For more information, see the Karelia University of Applied Sciences website

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

The Metropolia SIMHE service centre helps asylum seekers and immigrants with higher education studies or degrees to find the most suitable education and career path for each competence background. The service concept for immigrants and asylum seekers of SIMHE Metropolia includes services for the identification of prior learning and guidance services.

For more information, see the Metropolia website

Oulu University of Applied Sciences

SIMHE Oamk services are available for immigrants in the entire Northern Finland area. The SIMHE Oamk employees provide guidance for immigrants interested in higher education. Guidance services include information on the Finnish higher education system and the possibility to pursue higher education studies as a degree student or as complementing studies. In addition, support is provided for the practices of recognition of prior learning and guidance for career planning and additional education for immigrants with earlier higher education studies. SIMHE Oamk runs in close cooperation with other operators in Northern Finland promoting immigrants’ integration and employment and other higher education institutions in the area.
Guidance requests: simhe(a)oamk.fi
Further information: Katri Kosonen, email: katri.kosonen(a)oamk.fi, tel +358 40 1415374

University of Turku

Advice and guidance for immigrants’ higher education and related questions on working life. The service is intended for all immigrants who need guidance and advice on reaching appropriate higher education and career paths. Advice is given by email and in individual appointments.

For more information, see the University of Turku website