FITech ICT enables professionals in the working life to update their ICT competences for free

FITech ICT is a project founded in 2019 to ease the nationally recognised shortage of professionals in the field of ICT. More and more industries are going through some form of a digital transformation, which means more ICT literate people are needed in all areas of society. In the current situation it is important to make sure people already in the workforce have ample opportunities to upgrade their competences to match the requirements of the changing situation.

In FITech ICT, Finnish universities offer about 150 ICT courses to be studied by anyone in the workforce for free. FITech ICT aims to knock down organisational barriers between higher education institutions and create new opportunities to engage in studies.

FITech ICT studies can be attended both on campuses around the country and flexibly online. The range of studies offered covers introductory, intermediate and advanced courses.

FITech ICT is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and will continue on current funding until July 2025.

Introductory courses to stay ahead of the game

Almost all jobs require some level of ICT proficiency even at present. In the future, the expected level of competence is bound to increase across the board, meaning many people will have to acquire new skills for example in the basics of programming. Of course not all jobs require deep technical competences, but it never hurts to know the basics.

FITech introductory courses are suitable for people in the workforce with some prior study background in higher education. Our range of studies covers a broad spread of topics from programming to data analytics to machine learning.

Advanced studies for current ICT professionals

Advanced courses in the FITech offering are suitable for people with professional experience in the field of ICT. FITech offers courses in the latest emerging technologies for people with prior experience and skills enabling them to grasp complex phenomena and methods.

Our advanced modules are meant to help professional both deepen existing skills and develop new areas of expertise.

FITech ICT offers studies in the following areas:

  • Programming
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Software engineering
  • Software systems
  • Web programming
  • Information security
  • Industrial internet
  • Digitalisation
  • Data analytics
  • Data science
  • Game development
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • User interfaces and usability
  • Accessibility

The executive group of FITech ICT is as follows:

Tapio Heiskari (Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK)
Timo Hämäläinen (University of Tampere)
Jari Iinatti (University of Oulu)
Riku Jäntti (Aalto University, 5G)
Jouni Lampinen (University of Vaasa)
Ville Leppänen (University of Turku)
Johan Lilius (Åbo Akademi University)
Ville Peltola (Technology Industries of Finland)
Rasmus Roiha (Software Finland Association)
Kari Smolander (LUT University)
Tuomas Syrjänen (Futurice Oy)
Pia Talonpoika (Nokia Oyj)
Petri Vuorimaa, Vice chair (Aalto University)

The operative group / list of academic coordinators of FITech ICT is as follows:

Carina Gräsbeck (Åbo Akademi University)
Jussi Kasurinen (software engineering, LUT University)
Uolevi Nikula (software engineering, LUT University)
Teemu Rauhala (Tampere University)
Johanna Vartiainen (University of Oulu)
Timo Vasankari (University of Turku)
Petri Vuorimaa (Aalto University)
Maarit Välisuo (University of Vaasa)