VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION
The post-compulsory level is divided into general education and initial and further vocational education and training.
After compulsory basic education, 95.5% of school-leavers continue in additional voluntary basic education (2.5%), in upper secondary schools (54.5%) or in initial vocational education and training (38.5%).
The aim of vocational education and training (VET) is to improve the skills of the work force, to respond to skills needs in the world of work and to support lifelong learning. VET comprises initial vocational training and further and continuing training.
The University Consortium of Pori (UCPori) is a centre of 2 500 students, 170 experts and four universities operating networked in a multi-science environment.
The University Consortium is a centre providing an umbrella organisation for the universities co-operating in the same area. The mother universities have the responsibility for operations. The coordinating university of UCPori is Tampere University of Technology. The UCPori Coordination Unit coordinates and promotes cooperation with/between university units in UCPori, mother universities, other higher education institutions and regional actors.