University of Oulu, 2016

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"The best part of Future Factory was the idea of making new students get to know each other before lectures."
"The best part was talking about the given topic with group members,it is a great way to get to know each other quickly."
"I got to know the classmates deeper, understood their background and characters. It was my first time to have discussion with foreign people who have different culture. I was surprised at talkative people, but I learned sharing idea is one of the responsibilities in a group work."

New students enrolling at the University of Oulu will take part in a one of a kind challenge competition called Future Factory. Future Factory gives students the opportunity to innovate new solutions to current national and global challenges. The original idea for the challenge competition comes from the Vice Rector for Education Helka-Liisa Hentilä. Close to 2000 students from all the faculties of University of Oulu will participate the competition. The purpose of the challenge competition is to offer students an active start for their studies and support them to get to know eachothers and engage with the degree program. During the competition, students will also learn about different kinds of working methods for group working and problem solving. Future Factory takes place in Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses on Friday 7th September 2018.

The purpose of Future Factory is to offer new students an active start for their studies. Future Factory encourages students to take action over the things they believe in; be self-regulating instead of doing what's been told and to take responsibility over their own progress.

Future Factory is based on the strategy of University of Oulu and the focus areas of research. In Future Factory students will innovate new solutions to the challenges imposed by phenomena they are interested in.

During the competition students will first define a challenge for themselves and then innovate solutions to the challenge in hand. The solutions are then formed into electrical presentations, which are shared on a platform on the internet. Students and audience will then vote for the best solutions and the teams to get the most team votes are awarded at guest of honour party that ends the competition on Wednesday, September 19. 

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Future Factory is coordinated and carried out by a team, as part of DIGIT project of University of Oulu:

Helka-Liisa Hentilä, Vice Rector for Education, University of Oulu
Miki Kallio, Head of services, unit for strategy and science policy
Jyri Kononen, Specialist, Topik
Merja Maikkola, University Teacher, Faculty of Education  
Virpi Pietikäinen, Specialist, Topik
Mia Kemppaala, Specialist, Tellus
Antti Vepsä, Intern, Faculty of Humanities
Michelle Koukkula, Intern, Faculty of Education
The group's manager Paula Vaskuri, Head of Services, IT Services


For more information:

Vice Rector for Education Helka-Liisa Hentilä 0294484981,
Head of Services Paula Vaskuri 050 4111 600,


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Last updated: 7.9.2018