Sydväst Polytechnic - Yrkeshögskolan Sydväst
English language section of Sydväst Polytechnic
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Based in Finland, the Sydväst Polytechnic prides itself in being one of the smallest higher educational institutions in Finland, with student body strength of just 1950 students. This is conducive to a more personal learning environment for each student, as there is more scope for personal attention and individual counseling and support. The institute also works together with a number of other higher education institutions as well as industries in order to give students a complete learning experience.
All courses at the Sydväst Polytechnic are taught in Swedish and the institute operates from five different campuses. One of the main focuses of the institute is to cater to the needs of the Swedish-speaking minority that can be found in the coastal and archipelago regions. There are nineteen degree programs available in fields such as business administration, health promotion and engineering. Each course extends to either 3 or 4 years of study. Students will be taught both practical and theoretical skills while thesis work will be focused on real tasks related to the given subject.
The Sydväst Polytechnic follows the problem-based learning model, teaching students based on situations and issues that they may encounter in real life. These problems are either tackled on an individual basis or as part of a team. Students must learn how to find and share information, thus nurturing responsibility and the ability to work as a proactive member of a group. The institute is also involved in research and development projects.