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Published: 8 December 2016

Popularity of open education at universities of applied sciences continued growing in 2015

According to Statistics Finland's education statistics, provision of open education at universities of applied sciences increased further in 2015. When in 2014 over 620,000 teaching hours were given at open universities of applied sciences, the figure was as high as good 1,100,000 hours in 2015. The share was nearly 20 per cent of all teaching hours of adult education not leading to a qualification

Teaching hours in open education at universities of applied sciences in 2010 to 2015

Teaching hours in open education at universities of applied sciences in 2010 to 2015

Around six million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification in 2015, which is around three per cent lower than in the year before. There were three per cent fewer participants (gross number of students) than in the year before, good 2.1 million.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2015

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 68 957 42 278 486
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 2 799 76 19 944
Employment training for adults 35 869 47 868 761
Courses ordered by the employer 240 951 40 300 861
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 625 648 72 2 854 599
Open university of applied sciences 37 944 60 1 143 304
Open university teaching 1) 39 012 78 65 805
Other education 96 535 53 467 839
Total 2 147 715 66 5 999 599
1) Excl. data on open university teaching implemented by the universities themselves.

The highest number of participants attended education organised as liberal adult education, where the gross number of students was good 1.6 million and their net number was 925,000. The number of teaching hours was also highest in liberal adult education, nearly 2.9 million hours. The highest share (29 per cent) of all the teaching hours given in adult education not leading to a qualification was given in the field of culture, where the most popular subjects were music, and crafts and design.

In 2015, students in basic level education outside comprehensive school in upper secondary general schools, folk high schools, adult education centres and vocational institutes numbered 2,220, of whom 1,724 were in basic education, that is, studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 496 attended additional education (10th grade)


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Tarja Seppänen 029 551 3220, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 08.12.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2015. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.3.2024].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/oaiop/2015/oaiop_2015_2016-12-08_tie_001_en.html