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The South-west region of Finland, home to the country’s shipbuilding industry, has a problem. High rates of industry growth could lead to the creation of 30,000 jobs in the next five years, with not enough skilled people to do them.

To tackle the problem, seven universities have set up FITech Turku—a network that aims to join up with local companies to directly source the technical and mechanical experts that industry will need. 

Under the plans, people living in industrial areas without engineering schools will be able to spend a year studying at one of the seven universities. They will then complete their degrees from home while doing internships or diploma projects for local firms.

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