The Finnish Institute of Technology
The Finnish Institute of Technology (FITech) was founded in 2017 by seven Finnish universities of technology, Technology Industries of Finland (Teknologiateollisuus) and the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK. University of Jyväskylä and University of Eastern Finland have joined FITech afterwards.
The founding mission of FITech is to contribute to the development of Finnish innovation capacity and to respond to competence demands arising in the field of engineering.
Initially the FITech network was solely focused on serving the competence demands of industrial companies in Southwestern Finland, many of which are growing rapidly and have an increasing need to recruit competent engineers. The FITech Turku project was founded in autumn 2017 to help in responding to this demand. In 2019, FITech operations expanded from degree education to adult education, the aim being to supplement the competences of thousands of Finnish professionals in the growing fields of ICT and energy engineering. In the beginning of 2021, FITech received funding for providing 5G studies. You can find out about the different projects on their own pages.
The projects of FITech network are funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and will continue on current funding until the end of 2023, except for FITech Turku which will come to an end after the academic year 2021–2022.
The board of FITech Network University is responsible for strategic decision-making in the network. The board has the authority to found new FITech projects as well as nominate executive groups for projects. The board consists of representatives of member universities and organisations, and is currently composed of:
- Eero Eloranta, chair (Aalto University)
- Mika Hannula (University of Turku)
- Patrik Henelius (Åbo Akademi University)
- Mervi Karikorpi (Technology Industries of Finland)
- Tapio Koivu (University of Oulu)
- Henrik Kunttu (University of Jyväskylä)
- Kari Lehtinen (University of Eastern Finland)
- Harry Linnarinne (University of Vaasa)
- Juhani Nokela (Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK)
- Jaana Sandström (LUT University)
- Jarmo Takala (Tampere University)
Katri Ventus acts as Chief Operating Officer of FITech and is responsible for reporting to the board about FITech operations.