Master’s Degree education in Rehabilitation – in English for the first time
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences has offered Master’s Degree education in Rehabilitation in Finnish for years, but now the education completely in English can be applied to for the first time. The Rehabilitation education starting in the autumn is unique in Finland.
SAMK campus Pori offers self-study facilities, for example in the library.
- Now is a good time to increase our international education supply with a new kind of Master’s Degree Programme. SAMK has already a long tradition of physiotherapy tuition in English, says Anne Kärki, Principal Lecturer.
- Our own interests are strong in international research and development, too. It was natural to start implementing this right now. Besides, the international students bring an international context into the education. And that is the enrichment of education.
National and international perspectives
Even though internationality is emphasized in the education, also the national framework is taken into account
- Surely the tuition will deal with the national legislation and operating environments. On the other hand, the World Health Organization’s Rehabilitation 2030 agenda will be considered, where e.g. the increase in chronical diseases, supporting rehabilitation and organizing rehabilitation services for the less-fortunate are brought up.
Anne Kärki reminds us that Finland is a good country with a wide-range of services available for everyone.
- When the student comes, for example, from Asia or Africa, he/she may return to his/her home country after the studies and continue working as a professional of the rehabilitation branch. I hope the ethical and sustainable thinking adopted during studying here would bear fruit even in the graduate’s home country, she says.
Co-operation with the Welfare education
During the education the rehabilitation area is studied widely from different sectors. Rehabilitation is not looked into only from a medical perspective but also from a social and professional perspective of rehabilitation.
- Participants in the education will hopefully come from many different social and health care sectors. They could work e.g. with children with special needs, with intoxicant abusers or in health care.
Studies of leadership, research and development are conducted together with the Welfare Technology education leading to a Master’s Degree. Client-friendly development tasks connected with product development are done together as well. The common studies yield ca 30 credits.
Anne Kärki wishes the education attracts various kind of applicants.
- It would be wonderful to have people from different countries and sectors working in the rehabilitation branch with different knowledge backgrounds, she says.