The new Research Center for Human Functioning was recently established at SAMK to focus on the well-being of Satakunta's workers and address labor supply challenges in the region. The research center is led by Henna Kyhä, Research Manager and Doctor of Philosophy (Education). Kyhä leads the new center drawing on her diverse experience and expertise in coordinating and implementing various research projects.
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A new research center has been launched at SAMK. The center, called the Research Center for Human Functioning, focuses on improving the well-being and functioning of working-age people in the Satakunta region. Its goal is to help the people of Satakunta be the best functioning working-age population in Finland and to help address the labor supply challenges in the region.
SAMK has conducted a student well-being survey for several years, the last one was carried out in the spring. Despite national concerns about the students’ well-being, the overall well-being of SAMK students has improved from what it was a few years ago.
Ikram Darjaoui has studied her first academic year in the Degree Programme in Nursing at SAMK. In her free time, she plays floorball with other students.
This spring, SAMK has organised training and simulation sessions for the students of nursing and social services as well as for professionals already in working life. The experiences have been very positive.
In September 2022 a social science thesis investigating university students’ experiences on dating violence was completed. The purpose of the research was to gather information on the subject and to improve accessibility.
During a work-life period, the teacher works for an agreed period of time in an organization in the field they normally teach. The idea is not to have something special arranged for the teacher during the period spent on the field, but that they are involved in the daily life and activities of the organization.
The past few years have been exceptional for students. Most courses have been realized by distance learning and there may have been very little other interaction as well. SAMK has been planning and carrying out a wide range of activities to increase the interaction and well-being of students.
SAMK has been engaged in accessibility work for many years. The first projects on this topic were launched already in 2008.
Senior Lecturer Maija Kangasperko teaches international physiotherapy students at SAMK together with her team. Her work includes teaching professional subjects and thesis supervision. Kangasperko has extensive international networks, and according to her, they are the university's most important resource.