Lifewide Learning

Welcome to the path of lifewide learning

The world is changing at such a fast pace that none of us knows what information and skills we will need in a couple of years. Professions, job descriptions and ways of working will change. Some professions will disappear while new ones will emerge.

The changing nature of work requires novel expertise from professionals. Old methods and completed degrees alone are no longer enough. Instead, everyone of working age can benefit from continually updating, complementing and expanding their skills. It is not as much a question of fostering individual skills but of learning to learn and adapting to change.
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Curiosity is a superpower

In a changing world, forerunners are those who have harnessed curiosity as their superpower. Those who are passionate about continuous learning in their daily life. Those who grasp the permanence of change and its impact on their work.

According to a 2018 report by the World Economic Forum, the skills of the future include the ability to innovate, active learning, critical thinking and problem-solving. They all require curiosity, excellent learning skills and the ability to communicate, question, switch between viewpoints, and make things happen, all complemented by a desire for lifelong learning.

We no longer hold the same job for years or decades. In the world of continuous learning, our work, studies and career transitions overlap. In the global labour market, there is a demand for continually updated expertise. According to Technology Industries of Finland, in Finland alone, some 60 per cent of new recruits hired by companies need a higher education degree or corresponding competencies. These are competencies that you can acquire at any point in your life.

Another important factor is to identify your learning style and to approach uncertainty without fear. When nothing is set in stone, everything is possible. People who cope with change well are individuals who recognise their potential and understand what they can learn from their prior experiences and how to apply their competencies to new situations. As the saying goes, learning is the future of work.

In the world of continuous learning, work and studies overlap. We are shifting from single-track career ladders to lifelong learning, characterised by branching, multi-track careers where learning continues throughout life. In careers like these, work and learning are a seamless part of daily life, and career transition is the rule rather than the exception.

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Your guide on the path of lifewide learning

We, at Aalto University, have a curious and enthusiastic attitude towards the changes in the world. As a university, we have three missions: education, research and societal interaction. For us, education does not only mean education leading to a degree but also the teaching portfolio we offer to anyone interested in learning, regardless of where they are in life. You can complete study modules offered by Aalto University even without being enrolled in an educational institution.

You can select individual courses and modules, business management development services and continuing education in science, arts, technology and economics. Forms of studying vary from online courses that you can complete at your own pace or as intensive group learning. All education is based on cutting-edge research.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. Our extensive and versatile lifewide learning portfolio helps you complement, hone, improve, update and expand your expertise in a flexible manner.

Innovative research university changing the world

Aalto University was founded in 2010 when three leading Finnish universities were merged to create an innovative research university with extensive societal impact.

Aalto University is composed of six schools. Our campus is in Otaniemi, Espoo. According to QS World University Rankings, among universities established less than 50 years ago, Aalto University is the 9th best in the world.

Our key competence areas are ICT and digitalisation, materials and sustainable use of natural resources, arts and design, and global business dynamics. In addition, we focus on three multidisciplinary themes connecting the above-mentioned areas: advanced energy solutions, health and wellbeing, and human-centred living environments.

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