The Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland has selected Karelia University of Applied Sciences as one of the higher education institutes responsible for supporting immigrants in integration. The aim is to give guidance to immigrants to help them find study opportunities in higher education and to produce services for recognising the prior competence of highly educated immigrants in order to facilitate the process of integration.
These services are implemented within the national SIMHE network (Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education). Besides Karelia UAS, SIMHE services are also given by Oulu and Metropolia Universities of Applied Sciences and Helsinki, Turku and Jyväskylä Universities.
The aim of the activities is to serve adult immigrants by guiding them towards meaningful educational and career paths. In practice, the aim is to give information on the educational opportunities and on the application process for higher education institutions for those immigrants who are eligible to study in higher education.