Health technology studies in two cities, Turku and Shanghai

Want to become a multicultural expert in health technology? Want to live in two different continents and experience different cultures in one degree programme? Want to experience how IT and Nursing Science work together? This is a great opportunity to jump out of the box and create something new together.

The University of Turku in Finland and Fudan University in Shanghai, China offer you a unique opportunity to study and experience student life in two very different countries and cultures. Learn about the challenges facing healthcare in a global context. Understand the differences between Chinese and European cultures and how to effectively cooperate and cope with cultural diversity. Invent and innovate creative solutions for healthcare challenges together with other IT and nursing science students. Experience student life in two extremes – from the non-stop bustle of a metropolitan center of 25 million people to the vast space and quietness in Northern Europe!

The programme aims at increasing understanding about healthcare in a global context – challenges and solutions, aspects of cultural diversity, and relevant IT trends. In addition, the programme aims at strengthening international, innovative, and interdisciplinary collaboration between the information technology and nursing sciences. It is also designed to improve healthcare information systems and the quality of care by jointly implementing innovative information technology projects in healthcare.

The international, multidisciplinary Master’s degree programme is organised via collaboration of two universities: Fudan University and the University of Turku, and in total four different departments:

  • Department of Future Technologies, University of Turku, Finland
  • Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland
  • School of Information Science and Technology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • School of Nursing, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The programme leads to a double degree, with the first Master's degree awarded from the University of Turku and the second Master's degree awarded from Fudan University.

Life in Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the four municipalities of the People's Republic of China. It is located on the southern estuary of the Yangtze, and the Huangpu River flows through it. With a population of 24.2 million as of 2018, it is the most populous urban area in China and the second most populous city proper in the world. Shanghai is a global center for finance, innovation, and transportation, and the Port of Shanghai is the world's busiest container port.Originally a fishing village and market town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th century due to trade and its favorable port location. Since the 1930s, the city has flourished, becoming a primary commercial and financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region. In the 21st century, the city has further developed into a hub for international trade and finance. it is the home of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, one of the largest stock exchanges in the world by market capitalization, and the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone, the first free-trade zone in China.

Shanghai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles. The Bund, located by the bank of the Huangpu River, is home to a row of early 20th-century architecture. Many areas in the former foreign concessions are also well-preserved, the most notable being the French Concession. Shanghai is home to many architecturally distinctive and even eccentric buildings, including the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, and the Oriental Pearl Tower. The Old City retains some traditional architecture and designs, such as the Yu Garden, an elaborate Jiangnan style garden. Modern Shanghai also has a famous skyline with numerous skyscrapers. For example, the 632m tall Shanghai Tower is the 2nd tallest building in the world, and the 492m tall Shanghai World Financial Center is the world's 12th tallest. Spectacular views from the both towers are open to visitors all-year-round.

Shanghai has a humid subtropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 15.8°C for urban districts. The city experiences four distinct seasons. Winters are chilly and damp, summers are hot and humid – on average, 8.7 days exceed 35°C annually.

Life in Turku

Turku is Finland's oldest city and former capital, with its roots in the 13th century. Actually Turku was never formally founded. The Pope first mentioned the town Aboa in his Bulla in 1229 and the year is now used as the foundation year of the city.

Today the population of Turku is close to 200,000, making it the sixth largest city in Finland. In the broader Turku sub-region there are more than 300,000 inhabitants, ranking as the third largest urban area in Finland. Turku is home to approximately 35,000 higher education students, with two universities and several universities of applied sciences.

Due to its central location in the Baltic Sea region, Turku is a notable commercial and passenger seaport with over three million passengers traveling through the Port of Turku each year to Stockholm and Mariehamn. Due to its long history, it has been the site of many important events, and has extensively influenced Finnish history. Today Turku is also the official Christmas City of Finland, and in 2011 the city was European Capital of Culture, together with Tallinn, Estonia.

Cultural venues in Turku include several theatres, cinemas, and art galleries, and a city philharmonic orchestra. The city's cultural centre organises a number of regular events, most notably the Medieval Market in July each year. Turku is also the official Christmas city of Finland, and Christmas Peace for all of Finland is declared on each Christmas Eve from the Brinkkala Hall balcony. Turku music festival and Ruisrock rock festival are among the oldest of its kind in Scandinavia. The city also hosts another rock festival, Down by the Laituri, and one of the largest electronic music festivals in Northern Europe, the New Music Festival UMF.

In addition to studying in two different cultures, you will also experience a unique combination of two different sciences: Nursing science and Information technology.

Expect diverse perspectives and fresh ideas. How can IT can be to improve the quality and efficiency of nursing? What needs do nurses and patients have that could benefit from emerging digital solutions? How can digital technology be harnessed to help to provide healthcare services to an increasingly ageing population? What is the role and significance of traditional human contact in an increasingly digital world?

Working together with Nursing Science students

We are planning to share experiences of IT students working together with their nursing science counterparts – did you speak the same "language", did you get new ideas?

If you have any stories of your own, please share with us and we'll share with others in this section!

Working together with IT students

We are planning to share experiences of nursing science students working together with their IT counterparts – did you speak the same "language", did you get new ideas?

If you have any stories of your own, please share with us and we'll share with others in this section!

Future health and technology citation Christina
Future Health and Technology is the best cross-cultural and interdisciplinary frontier double degree programme, it inspired me to create new health technology solutions which can solve clinical problems, improve making diagnosis and treatment measures.
Zhuqing (Christina)