In 2020, Uniarts Helsinki conducted three national feedback surveys: A Bachelor’s Graduate Survey for bachelors who graduated within the same year, and Career Monitoring Surveys for masters who graduated in 2015 and doctors who graduated in 2017.
The results of the questionnaires will be used in the quality management and strategic development of the university’s education.
Employers value the obtained degrees
When comparing the results of all Finnish universities, Uniarts Helsinki achieved the best overall result in the Bachelor’s Graduate Survey, just like in the previous survey. One of the strengths that people connect with Uniarts Helsinki’s education is that students have the opportunity to engage in discussions with other students, which helps them increase their understanding of things. Other strengths include the university’s ability to build students’ understanding of basic concepts in their personal fields and to develop students’ competence to form an overall picture through prior learning and new information.
According to the feedback from the Career Monitoring Survey for Masters, employers value the obtained degrees, and respondents would happily recommend their education to others. The results also show that respondents feel that their public speaking skills, ability to learn and adopt new things and creativity have developed to a positive direction during their university studies, and graduates also considered them important skills in the working life.
Based on the Career Monitoring Survey for Doctors, 83% of all respondents have a job that corresponds with their goals, and careerwise, three quarters of the respondents are happy with the degree they completed. The ability to learn and adopt new things as well as knowledge and skill related to the research area were emphasised as skills that play a major role when working as a professional. Respondents were also pleased with how these skills were developed in doctoral education.
Students’ wellbeing requires special attention
Based on the Bachelor’s Graduate Survey, Uniarts Helsinki should pay particular attention to students’ wellbeing, because the average score that our graduates gave in their answer to the question “I feel comfortable at my university” was lower than the score in other universities. In the future, it is also important to ensure that students receive enough feedback on their learning and completed assignments.
Master’s degree career monitoring indicates that Uniarts Helsinki should continue to pay attention to how it presents entrepreneurship as a career alternative. Respondents highlight the importance of organisational and coordination skills, self-direction/initiative skills, communication skills in Finnish, and problem-solving skills in professional life, but they find that they are not developed to a sufficient level during the course of university studies.
In the Career Monitoring Survey for Doctors, graduates rated the connection between entrepreneurship skills and the doctoral education they received weak. In answers to open-ended questions, too, doctor respondents recommended the university to develop studies that boost entrepreneurship skills. According to the Survey, skills that have a big role in working life but that are not given enough emphasis in university studies are creativity, resistance to stress, organisational and coordination skills, negotiation skills and problem-solving skills. Project management skills, supervisory/leadership skills, and teaching, training and guidance skills were also considered important, but the development of these skills through studies was not sufficiently effective.
Feedback is collected regularly
The universities’ Bachelor’s Graduate Survey is a national feedback survey for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree. The survey gathers information on how satisfied students are with their university and what kinds of experiences they have about their studies.
The national Career Monitoring Surveys for Masters and Doctors are questionnaires that are used for collecting feedback on the quality and appropriateness of the respondents’ employment, the development of their careers and their satisfaction with the degree that they have completed. The Career Monitoring Survey for Masters is sent five years after graduation. The Career Monitoring Survey for Doctors is sent three years after graduation.
The Bachelor’s Graduate Surveys and Career Monitoring Surveys for Masters form a part of the universities’ funding model. This means that each university receives scores based on the response rate and the given feedback, and the scores affect the funding that a university is allocated by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
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