For people who are changing the world faster – Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology
Are you interested in cybersecurity, games or hi-tech electronic devices? The Bachelor of Engineering degree in Information and Communication Technology might be right for you.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) deals with technologies, methods and tools. It offers you versatile opportunities as a future ICT professional. The degree programme is 240 ECTS in extent and it is planned during the four years of studying. This is one of the best study options for the future. Why? Tero Reunanen, Head of Education and Research from Turku University of Applied Sciences explains, “Bachelors of Information and Communication Technology are the people who are changing the world faster and better than anyone in the history of mankind. All the other industries and sectors in society are dependent on ICT solutions and new solutions are accelerating the development of them. In fact, all industries’ RDI work is mostly related to ICT.”
The studies consist of basic, professional and optional studies, as well as practical training and a Bachelor’s thesis project. The basic studies contain fundamentals of science, an ICT language and communication course as well as coaching in study skills. The basic studies cover the first year, and they will guide you into the fundamentals of the professional field. The professional studies focus on more advanced topics of ICT as well as business and entrepreneurship. Most of the professional studies will take place during the third and fourth year.
Who can study ICT?
“It’s for everybody”, says Reunanen. “For everybody. Naturally, ICT needs good programmers and coders, but the branch is wide, so anyone who is interested in anything could find great careers from ICT. For example, ICT needs sales engineers, procurement engineers, project managers, people who understand e.g. health care, logistics etc. There is a wide variety of different work roles. People who would like to integrate human factors, different technologies, economics, or entrepreneurship. People who come to ICT just need to be curious towards things and don’t be afraid of change.”
Students are able to pick one of the following areas as their competence task: Data Network and Cybersecurity, Embedded electronics and loT or Game Development. The first one focuses on designing and managing various wired and wireless networks. Embedded electronics are about focusing on design and implementation of network connected microcontroller systems. The last one – Game Development – will give you the ability to create technology and art interfaces.
How is it to study? Inspiring, interesting and eye-opening. ICT students do a lot hands-on things, in close proximity to companies’ cases and even company cases. We still have some “traditional” learning such as books and lectures, but the education is very practice and real world oriented. Everybody could find an interesting competence track from our course offering. There is a tremendous amount of possibilities to mix studies with other branches or if you would like to focus on one branch, that is also possible.
The end of the journey
What happens after graduation? You become a versatile and practical-oriented graduate with fundamental knowledge and skills. You are willing to follow and contribute to the development of your field.
“The world is yours. ICT is the fastest growing industry and the most needed professional is an ICT professional. After graduation, you could choose from many different workplaces from a game coding company to public health care and everything between those and above. We also have great possibilities to continue the studies to the Master of Engineering level or to Master of Science or even to a Doctorate if the student is willing. Our former students can be found nearly everywhere and from every position from engineer to top management.”
Agnieszka Olenska trainee in Communication Services