The year 2021, Haaga-Helia’s year of learning and councelling, was characterised by the start of the implementation of the education reform and the development of higher education pedagogy.
The new degree programmes pursuant to Haaga-Helia’s education reform will begin in stages. In the sports coaching programme, the first students to study in accordance with the new curriculum (OPS) began their studies in autumn 2021. The BBA students studying in accordance with the new OPS began in January 2022.
In both the degrees and competence areas we implemented, in cooperation with the degree services, large changes and adjustment work in order to make the structure of the education reform part of our systems. To support the educational reform, we also implemented a new guidance model. The model supports, in particular, students’ graduation within the allocated timeframe and their career counselling.
In 2021, we started to provide sports coaching education in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area for the first time. In hospitality management training, we examined our portfolio from the perspective of the Haaga and Porvoo campuses and clarified our profile.
In both Bachelor’s programmes of Business Administration and Business Information Technology we reached record-breaking graduation numbers. In the Bachelor of Media degree programme, we implemented a second education entity for journalists with immigrant backgrounds in spring 2021.
In the Master’s degree programmes (YAMK), we have improved the students’ progress rate. In August, the fifth group of students began their studies in our International Business programme in Mandragón, Mexico. In the credits for continuous learning, we also exceeded our targets by a wide margin. Vocational teacher education remained very attractive. The English-language teacher training was also popular.
One of the profile areas of Haaga-Helia is higher education pedagogy. The HEIPEDA (KOPEDA in Finnish) group we established for higher education pedagogy has implemented the Pedacomp self-assessment in order to develop the pedagogical competence of Haaga-Helia personnel. We will implement a pedagogical development programme on the basis of the assessment’s results.
We also provided digital mentoring to support the competence of our personnel. Especially during the remote teaching due to the pandemic, we supported teachers in their planning and implementation of remote teaching. In relation to this theme, we implemented a digital pedagogy survey for teachers, based on which we updated the new training programme in digital pedagogy.
Within the HEIPEDA group, we implemented national webinars focusing on university pedagogy. Haaga-Helia is the chief organiser of the 2022 Pedaforum. We started preparations for the event in the autumn.