From target scenarios to reality – the Digivisio 2030 programme is moving forward

The compass that guides the work of the Digivisio 2030 programme is our common target scenario where higher education institutions have defined the world of learning they want to create by 2030. The first steps of the scenario work were defined in collaboration between higher education institutions in 2020–2021. Now in autumn 2023, after the first few years of implementation, it is time to assess the success of the work done so far – and to see where we’re headed next.

The dynamics of society define the steps for the programme

The target scenario was not born only from the need for collaboration; it also responds to the jointly identified dynamics at work in our society. For example, instead of individualism and the digitalisation of learning, it is perhaps the need for more individual study paths that guides the notion of the direction where Finnish higher education should develop. Our ambitious goal is for continuous learning and increasing competence to be a natural part of everyone’s life by 2030.

Our common goal enables us to create a shared view of our future operating environment and of how Digivisio’s targets will be realised in it. The setting of goals will enable higher education institutions to plan how they wish to utilise the opportunities created by the programme and on what schedules.

“The common thread is that all these things are included in the target scenario and that we will continue to work towards making it true. The first intermediate step has now been reached, so it is time to plan how we will continue to take the programme forward,” says Sakari Heikkilä, Project Manager.

The scenario is becoming a reality through collaboration between higher education institutions

If the first round of target scenarios started with a clean slate, this round of updates will provide us with a more precise direction for our work. The steps defined so far have been realised as planned, and as the programme moves forward, the scenario and planning work will be implemented in a concrete manner.

The digital service is now under preparation and will soon be tested in higher education institutions.

“Once the service is launched, we will get valuable data on learners and the use of the platform, which will then naturally guide our development work,” Sakari Heikkilä says.

In 2025, the focus will begin to shift towards utilising the data in service development as well as towards contract-based collaboration between higher education institutions. The themes have been approved by the November general assembly, and next, the plans will be added onto the road map. Keeping our eyes open to the changes happening in the world around us helps us make sure that higher education institutions will be able to efficiently respond to future challenges.

And what is our next direction?

“Until now, we have been focused on the national level, and there is still a lot of work to be done there. But we are also gradually starting to look at how the programme could support higher education institutions in their internationalisation efforts and, for example, the promotion of interoperability in the fields of international higher education in Europe”, Heikkilä concludes.