15.06.2017digitalizationexchange studenthigher educationmobileapplicationstudentservicesuniversities
Every year, almost 10,000 experts in education from all over the world attend NAFSA’s conference. Oulu University was the only university in the Nordic countries to have been given the unique opportunity to showcase their international specialist area in the poster presentation section of the event.
You can see the poster by Tytti Haapalehto, Coordinator of International Programmes at Oulu University, and Sari Vähäkangas, Specialist in admissions, here.
The poster sparked a lot of interest at the event. Oulu University has digitalised most of the processes and services related to student exchange programmes, which ensures that the administration is very efficient considering the number of international students.
The growing number of students studying in degree and exchange programmes is putting pressure on the university to renew its student administration operations and services. The introduction of digital service channels is necessary as the contemporary students in exchange and degree programmes are used to these channels.
Oulu University offers support and advice through the more traditional channels on campus, but students are encouraged to organise their lives at the university even before they arrive in Oulu.
The Tuudo app is one of the tools used for this.
Tuudo is a mobile app that students can use to organise their studies and everyday life. Tuudo offers a variety of features such as scheduling, registration, information about completed studies, messages from the university and menus from the campus canteens. Tuudo also helps students find their way around the campus and check public transport timetables. Students can use Tuudo to search for tutors, employment opportunities and to manage their finances.
Tuudo is available for all students at Oulu University, and for most students the app is part of their daily lives. Students in international exchange programmes can register on Tuudo even before arriving in Finland so that they can start familiarising themselves with the university, the campus and the services on offer before leaving their own countries. The information that has been deemed the most useful has included advice on travelling to Oulu, orientation to the campus, the map of the campus and accommodation.
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