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Masters students also use Fellmannia

14.1.2013 12:30 | Uutinen
Starting this autumn, it is now possible to study for a Master’s degree in English at the Faculty of Technology at Lahti University of Applied Sciences. 
 
The degree programme is called Sustainable Urban Planning and Climate Change, and it is aimed at people working in the field of urban planning.
The programme aims at widening the environmental knowledge and skills of people working in the field. Half of the studies consist of wide-ranging work-related development work or work done in environmental projects.
 
- And the other half is made up of courses that are done in international cooperation with a British and an Italian university, says Eeva Aarrevaara, Principal Lecturer at the Faculty of Technology of Lahti University of Applied Sciences.
 

Glasgow and Lahti in cooperation

A big part of the studies are done as distance studying, and every month there is a contact week in Fellmannia. 
 
– We have used the classrooms and group study rooms of Fellmannia.
 
The group consists of 14 students with a wide range of backgrounds.
 
- What they share is an interest in planning sustainable communities and looking for solutions to problems related to climate change, says Eeva Aarrevaara.
 
At the beginning of October the topic of studies is Urban and communicative planning, i.e. planning conducted as interaction between different stakeholders. The objective is for the students to get a comprehensive view of urban planning.
 
- We have two visiting lecturers from Glasgow Caledonian University: Alistair Hendry, architect, and Dr Craig Thomson. Glasgow is an interesting city from the planning point of view. It is undergoing a big structural change. A port city has lost a lot of industrial activity. What could replace it?
 

Climate change + technology = good package

Wang Qian, Charles Agunbiade and Ville Estlander One of the students is Charles Agunbiade, who comes from Nigeria and lives in Helsinki. He thinks the studies have an innovative approach.
 
– This is an interesting combination of climate change studies and technology. African countries need knowledge about the impacts of climate change. My special interest is to learn the probable effects of climate change on Africa and how to mitigate them.
 

"I want to do my share in fighting climate change"

Wang Qian from China says that one interesting aspect of the study programme is the cooperation with foreign universities. Among the cooperation partners are Glasgow Caledonian University from Scotland and the University of Salento from Italy. Next spring the students will head for Glasgow.
 
– This is a great opportunity to go abroad. You get a chance to work together with universities and students in other countries. Fellmannia has also been a good environment to study.
 
Wang Qian tells that in her country people care about climate change, so in the future she wants to do her share in fighting climate change.
 
– It was one of the reasons why I came to study in this degree programme.
 
Even firemen need to know about environmental issues
Ville Estlander works as a fire battalion chief at the Helsinki City Rescue Department. He has studied both management of fire rescue services and construction management. He started the programme because he wanted to do further studies in the field.
 
– Environmental issues nowadays consist of so many things, and they are very much part of my work as well. It’s also up to us to protect the environment, and to do that you need expertise in the environmental field, says Estlander.
 
Estlander is a member of a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, which is sent to crisis areas to organize UN operations. The task of the teams is to assess the scope of the disaster and need of help, as well as to coordinate incoming international relief.
 
Estlander uses English at work almost every day and is therefore grateful that the programme is taught in English.
 
– I’m going to recommend this education to my colleagues.
 
Text and photos: Helena Salakka