Themes 1 and 2 – What is interaction with the working community all about and why is it important?
For this assignment, I chose my own field of profession – telecommunication. The telecom field used to be quite popular study field few years ago but mostly due to the downfall of Nokia, there isn’t that great need nowadays for telecom engineers hence universities and polytechnic institutes had to adjust the amount of students accordingly. But currently it seems that there is still vast amount of potential, so maybe after few years we will have the next Nokia among us again?
I also think that the telecom area have had good experiences in terms of interaction with the working community, as the gap between the research area and the industry is quite narrow, so there are number of projects and programs running, which makes it possible to share the information between educational institutions and industry. The information share also helps the teachers to keep their teaching material up to date, therefore teaching current trends of the field to students thus increasing their level of competence. Working life interaction might be possible to guide by following the project-centric approach, real-life projects, active participation from the industry side and continuous reflection.
The first quiz didn’t go that well from my side. With few questions I easily recognized the wrong answer but I had difficulties finding the right one, as both options did fit quite well with the question… So long story short, I failed and got D+ with 67% right answers.
But the second game was much easier for me…
For this example of collaboration between vocational institutes and working life organisations I chose the Reaxity -program, which aimed for creating a “roadmap” of technologies and needed competencies to see the future urban areas as open mixed reality space. The program itself is being run by University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and a number of high-tech companies such as VTT and Nokia. By having good examples of such innovative projects, in best scenarios it might be possible to “foresee” some of the upcoming trends in that particular field, thus providing the industry new business opportunities and employees, also nurturing research and new projects or study programs for educational institutes.