– The example of LUT University shows that it takes 50 years for a university to establish itself as a provider of high-quality degree education, measured against research and educational criteria, he says.
The regional universities have justified their applications for the right to offer new degree programmes by saying that companies in the region require competent labour. In Jokinen’s opinion, this explanation is unfounded.
– Scattering degrees across Finland does not produce more talent for local businesses to use. Studies show that only 20 percent of the higher education students studying technology in regional universities remain in their place of study after graduation, he says.