University of Turku (UTU) is a multidisciplinary scientific university, where expertise of seven faculties ranges from humanities to mathematics and natural sciences, and business. The university is recognized for the quality of teaching, research and excellent student support services. With its 21000 students and 3500 employees University of Turku is one of the major universities in Finland.
At the University of Turku the BIG GAME project is coordinated by ARD (Areal Research and Development) unit of Brahea Centre, which is an expert, service, and collaboration unit bridging the academic research and the society, and participating actively in national and international projects. The unit employs 20 experts of various fields working on the university’s third mission: continuous learning, digital technology, knowledge transfer, and social engagement. A group of experts are specialized particularly in institutional development, modernization of higher education, curriculum development, and contributing to the wider objectives of continuous learning from VET to HE. This way, the Centre fosters the dialogue and sustainable cooperation between different levels of education and the working life and works to increase the employability of graduates by improving the match between labor market supply and demand.
The Centre has a strong collaboration with private sector partners in different fields serving as a portal between the academia and the business sector as well as offering new research ideas, technology and knowledge transfer, education and training. Most recent national and international development projects are situated in the area of competency-based approach, assessment, and recognition of prior learning, as well as working life relevance in curriculum, degree design in different disciplines, and development of learning environments based on digital technology, creativity, and entrepreneurial mindset.