Hämeen Matkailu - Bright Green Forssa Region page 12-13
education and ReseaRch
The Forssa region is home to a great deal of specialised high-level education and research in the environmental, agricultural and food sectors. Local schools and research institutes work in close collaboration with companies and support their operations.
In addition, Faktia provides services such as professional skills testing, work supervision, competence analyses and consulting on the financing of education and training. www.faktia.fi
Forssa Adult Education Center Faktia offers diverse education in the fields of construction, environmental management, technology, logistics, well-being, business and information technology, to mention but a few. The school also offers a special vocational degree in environmental management, emphasising the prevention, reuse, non-harmful processing and placement of waste. Faktia also trains ecological builders and eco-counsellors for businesses. In total, Faktia offers over 50 vocational degrees as well as individual training programmes, training for various licences and permits as well as further training for company staff.
HäMEEN AMMATTIkORkEAkOuLu, HAMk
With units in seven different municipalities, HAMK is one of Finland’s largest universities of applied sciences. With over 40 degree programmes, HAMK offers a diverse range of study opportunities in environmental fields. The sustainable development programme at the school’s Forssa unit produces bachelor’s degree graduates in environmental planning with extensive knowledge of the sustainable use of natural resources, product life-cycle thinking, financially and culturally sustainable operating principles, applied environmental technology and chemistry as well as environmental management, legislation, business and management.
Students in the sustainable development programme work in close co-operation with local businesses in the environmental field during their studies. The agricultural business and equine industry programmes offered in Mustiala (Tammela) produce graduates in agrology. The agricultural business programme is focused on the principles of sustainable development, providing graduates with the biological, technical and economic knowledge to work in various roles in the agricultural business. The horse husbandry programme covers the perspectives of entrepreneurship, recreational activity and international competition in this special field. Aspects related to the well-being of horses, the profitability of entrepreneurial activity as well as environmental requirements are all covered in the programme. www.hamk.fi Other organisations offering education and training in the region include Eerikkilä Sports Institute, Forssa Institute of Vocational Education and Ypäjä Equine College.
MTT AGRIFOOd RESEARcH FINLANd
MTT is Finland’s leading research institute in the field of agricultural and food research as well as agricultural environment research. It produces innovations and solutions related to renewable natural resources. MTT has organised its research activities in research programmes. The programme-based approach enables genuine multidisciplinary research, which is essential for efficient problem solving. MTT conducts research within eight research programmes permeating the entire organisation. The research promotes consumer welfare, the competitiveness of the agricultural and food industries, the sustainable use of natural resources, the quality of the production and living environment and the vitality of rural regions. MTT employs approximately 850 researchers and other experts at 14 municipalities across Finland. The organisation’s head office is in Jokioinen. www.mtt.fi