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How we study at Laurea

Our learning model, Learning by Developing (LbD), effectively cultivates the necessary skills for the workplace.

During your studies, you will learn to confidently tackle challenges and act autonomously. You will acquire the ability to integrate theory and practice, develop problem-solving skills, and engage in critical thinking and reflection. With purposeful and guided work, you will learn to manage complex tasks and project work, with an emphasis on investigative and developmental approaches to learning.

Our study model in a nutshell:

  • Learning through research, reflection, and development in collaboration with teachers, students, and professionals from the working life.
  • Building a knowledge base through academic studies.
  • Practicing skills in real-life contexts.
  • Developing creative problem-solving approaches.
  • Acquiring the necessary expertise in your field by participating in a diverse range of development projects.
  • Establishing professional connections during your studies, as active interaction with the working life is integral to our education.
  • Engaging in self-directed learning, including online courses and automated learning.

Development-based learning is present in all our study approaches. Laurea's degree programs offer three distinct forms of implementation: full-time studies, part-time studies, and online studies. Each of these approaches applies Laurea's Learning by Developing (LbD) pedagogy in an adapted manner.

The LbD model always begins with a genuine development task related to working life or Laurea's research, development, and innovation projects. Guidance plays a central role in the LbD model, as teachers systematically guide and provide developmental feedback to support students' professional growth.

Learning by Developing equips students with the future skills required in the working life

Learning by Developing model demands active participation, commitment, and the construction and sharing of expertise within teams. The close collaboration with the working life helps students and teachers establish networks with various partners.

The cornerstone of our pedagogical approach is that you won't just analyze theoretical problems but continuously seek solutions to real-life situations emerging in the workplace. At Laurea, you have the opportunity to genuinely contribute to development and personal growth!

Thanks to our close collaboration with the working life, our graduates have excellent employment prospects. 96.4% of Laurea graduates find employment within one year of graduation (Finnish National Agency for Education, 2019).