Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland
Foreword Finnish education and science policy stresses quality, efficiency, equity and internationalism. It is geared to promote the competitiveness of the Finnish welfare society. With the mission of providing high quality education that meets the changing needs of society, the universities of applied sciences in Finland are committed to equipping students with professional competency as well as maintaining a strong partnership with working life. Studies at the universities of applied sciences are a practical-oriented alternative to traditional university education and give the students an excellent combination of hands-on skills along with a strong theoretical knowledge base. The bachelor-level studies at 26 universities of applied sciences include 210â€“270 ECTS credits that take an average of 3.5 to 4.5 years to complete. Postgraduate, professional masterâ€™s degree programmes offer gainfully employed graduates an excellent opportunity to deepen and expand their expertise. These studies are implemented in a blended learning model and take 1.5-2 years (60â€“90 ECTS) to complete.
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Over 100 degree programmes taught in English Close co-operation with Higher Education Institutions all over the world A highly developed communication infrastructure Innovative learning methods Applied research, utilizing information to develop new practical applications, methods or problem-solving tools Development work which exploits data to generate new substances, products, pro-duction processes or systems, or to improve existing ones Special orientation programmes for international students Numerous social, cultural and sports activities
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The Finnish Education System
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Foreword We offer The Finnish Education System Arcada University of Applied Sciences Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences Diaconia University of Applied Sciences Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences HAMK University of Applied Sciences Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences HUMAK University of Applied Sciences JAMK University of Applied Sciences Kajaani University of Applied Sciences Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences Kymenlaakson ammattikorkeakoulu, University of Applied Sciences Lahti University of Applied Sciences Laurea University of Applied Sciences Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences North Karelia University of Applied Sciences Novia University of Applied Sciences Oulu University of Applied Sciences Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences Saimaa University of Applied Sciences Satakunta University of Applied Sciences SAMK Savonia University of Applied Sciences SeinĂ¤joki University of Applied Sciences TAMK University of Applied Sciences Turku University of Applied Sciences Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu (VAMK) University of Applied Sciences Ă…land University of Applied Sciences Fields of Education Facts about Finland Links and Sources of Information
Arcada University of Applied Sciences Arcada, with 2700 students and 170 members of staff, is a Finland-Swedish university of applied sciences in Arabianranta, Helsinki. We aim to meet the needs of society and working life by providing practically oriented studies with an innovative touch. We strongly believe in learning through research and development, in which both students and staff are involved. About 50 nationalities are represented at our international campus. We offer education within business administration, media, technology, sports, health care and social services, in Swedish and in English.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English
Arcada engages in research, development, and teaching in interaction with the surrounding society. Students can practice new skills and develop new knowledge for the labour market together with researchers in a number of test laboratories.
Human Ageing and Elderly Service International Business Plastics Technology
Internationalization is an inherent part of Arcada’s activities. Approximately fifty countries are represented at Arcada within the degree programmes and through the student, teacher and researcher exchange programmes. Arcada is partnered with 80 institutions of higher education around the world. Arcada also offers further education and courses for adult students. In addition, companies are offered tailored trainings and courses.
Health Promotion Media Management
Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English
Facts and figures Total number of students: 2700 International students: 310 · Degree students: 279 · Exchange students: 31 www.arcada.fi
Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences Multiculturally local Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, COU, was founded in 1998 and has three campuses; Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Ylivieska. The bilingual coastal towns of Kokkola and Pietarsaari, are located on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia and the nearby town of Ylivieska is situated in the river valley on the Ostrobothnian plain. Offering education, conducting research and development and having an impact on the region are defined as the main task of COU. The strategy defines regional well-being, continuous learning and continuous quality improvement as the core values. Our educational offer is truly versatile, with degree programmes ranging from Chemical Engineering, Information Technology and Business Management to Nursing, Music and Performing Arts. A strong focus on entrepreneurship and excellent connections with the working-life, provide a good basis for combining theoretical knowledge with career skills in a meaningful way. Another characteristic of COU is the combination of the intimacy of a small institution with close contacts between teachers and students and a genuinely international and multicultural learning environment. COU is among the leading higher education institutions in Finland in the field of online education. Our offer of online courses is the most comprehensive one and we are also a forerunner in developing new educational technologies. Internationalisation is one of our core values and we offer seven international degree programmes taught in English. More than 10% of our degreeseeking students are international and we welcome about 120 international exchange students every year. Currently, we have agreements with 120 higher education institutions around the world, which makes it possible for us to offer excellent exchange opportunities for our students and staff. Our multicultural learning environment provides an excellent setting for Internationalisation at Home, and we regard IaH as very important means for providing students and staff with opportunities to intercultural exchange.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Business Management Information Technology Industrial Management Chemistry and Technology Nursing Tourism Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Management Facts and figures Total number of students: 3200 International students: 420 · Degree students: 300 · Exchange students: 120 www.cou.fi
Diaconia University of Applied Sciences To Care, To Share, To Dare Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (Diak) is a nation-wide university of applied sciences – one of a kind in the field of social services, health care, communication and sign language intepretation education in Finland. Diak has a unique mandate as a trainer and developer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Diak aims to train people to influence social change, work for a multicultural society and fight social exclusion. Pedagogical principles include open approach to learning, use of versatile learning environments and intercultural interaction. Diak is active in creating innovative learning environments, which operate in close connection with the working-life.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Social Services, focus on community development work Facts and figures Total number of students: 3000 International students: 97 · Degree students: 62 · Exchange students: 35 www.diak.fi
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences Through education, research and development, Haaga-Helia prepares professionals for business and services. We offer our students a versatile choice of studies, great opportunities for specialisation, high-quality education in Finnish, Swedish and English, and wide business networks even during the studies. Our approximately 10 000 students and 600 employees at Haaga-Helia base their activities on highly advanced national and international expertise. Our fields of education are business, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, information technology, journalism, management assistant training, sports management and vocational teacher education. Our expertise at Haaga-Helia focuses on business and services, communication and information management, information and communication technologies, and wellness combining health and sports. Teacher education is an important part of our activity. The starting point for our activity lies in the needs of businesses, whose demands we meet with our work-related higher education. We provide our students with the knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and development in the workplace. Haaga-Helia is the place to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, to obtain teacher education, to complete MBA programmes and specialisation studies, and to participate in research and development. We also provide personnel training for various organisations. Haaga-Helia is an international university of applied sciences. We have more than 180 partner universities throughout the world and a variety of opportunities to internationalise. Our international degree programmes have foreign students from more than 80 countries. Cultural sensitivity and diversity are part of our everyday life. International work placement and projects also contribute to our growing internationalisation. We welcome you to join our knowledgeable and developing network.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Business Information Technology Multilingual Management Assistants Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Tourism Experience and Wellness Management Sports and Leisure Management Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Management Tourism Facts and figures Total number of students: 10400 International students: 1220 · Degree students: 900 · Exchange students: 320 www.haaga-helia.fi/
HAMK University of Applied Sciences Dynamic and Diversified HAMK is a multidisciplinary university of applied sciences which offers broad-based, high-quality education, research and development, and strong internationalisation. HAMK is situated centrally in the most populated area of the country, southern Finland. HAMK is a higher education institution authorised by the Government of Finland. We offer education in culture; natural resources and the environment; natural sciences; social sciences, business and administration; social services, health and sport; technology, communication and transport; and vocational teacher education. Studies at HAMK are very practice oriented. We use new pedagogical methods, such as Project Learning and Learning by Developing. Work placements in companies provide students with real life experience and good contacts for their future. Team work in cross cultural student groups gives exceptional experience and opportunities to build networks with students who come from at least 20-30 nationalities. Research is fundamental to the development and delivery of higher education. HAMK recognises this fact and in so doing, places research and research practice at the core of its activities. HAMK works with its partners in the public and private sectors to explore contemporary and cutting edge topics that are relevant to modern day society. Currently, HAMK is involved in many international research and development projects. The majority of the projects are European, which are principally financed by education programmes of the European Union. Cooperation projects are also carried out with Asian, African and American partners.
International activities at HAMK include international education, research and development projects as well as mobility. HAMK has around 100 partners all over the world. International activities are implemented in co-operation with education, research, business and industry, and society. At the heart of internationalisation is for students and staff to be committed to developing their international competence. Quality assurance relies on annual self-evaluation and external auditing by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council. HAMK has received national awards in pedagogical quality and its regional impact in industrial development.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Automation Engineering Construction Engineering Industrial Management International Business Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology Supply Chain Management Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English Business Management and Entrepreneurship Facts and figures Total number of students: 7500 International students: 445 · Degree students: 143 · Exchange students: 302 www.hamk.fi
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of applied sciences in Finland with 14,000 students. It is located in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. Metropolia offers education in four Fields of Study: Technology and Transport, Health Care and Social Services, Business and Administration, and Culture. All the Fields of Study at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences provide education in English. English is the language of tuition in eight Bachelor’s Degree Programmes and two Master’s Degree Programmes. In addition, two Bachelor’s Degree Programmes have International Semesters. Metropolia has modern curricula and learning environments as well as excellent staff. The degree programmes involve close cooperation with businesses, industry, organisations and the labour market. Teaching is integrated with projects, enabling students to learn cooperation and development skills that are valued highly in working life. The technology students of Metropolia account for almost 20 per cent of university of applied sciences technology students in the country. Moreover, all but two health care and social services degree programmes are provided by Metropolia, and the cultural degree programme of this level is the most extensive in the country. The student intake for Business and Administration training has also been increased, giving a boost to create even better business expertise.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English
Metropolia places emphasis on international connections. There are over 600 international degree students in Metropolia. Metropolia also welcomes exchange students, and the students of Metropolia can apply for student exchange programmes in numerous partner institutions. In addition, international work placements are encouraged. Metropolia participates in a number of intensive courses and cooperation projects that include short courses in mobility and internationalisation at home.
Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English
Environmental Engineering European Business Administration European Management Information Technology International Business and Logistics Media Engineering Nursing Social Services
Industrial Management Information Technology Facts and figures Total number of students: 14046 International students: 959 · Degree students: 613 · Exchange students: 346 www.metropolia.fi/en
HUMAK University of Applied Sciences Human Connections HUMAK is the leading educator and developer in the fields of humanities and pedagogy and cultural management in Finland. It operates through a nationwide network. The motto of HUMAK is Human Connections. It is the basic value that we follow in our work. For us, humanism means individuality, but also responsibility for one’s fellow beings. Our values are reflected on HUMAK’s activities, curricula and educational implementations. We emphasise the importance of human networks, and learning and working together. Our educational work is based on a humanistic concept of man, which emphasises a self-aware, self-steering and research-oriented learner. We prepare students for tasks requiring human interaction, tolerance, and respect for others. Our main educational goal is to train versatile experts in human connections, and enable our students to further develop their competence in the constantly changing working life.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Civic Activities and Youth Work Sign Language Interpreting Cultural Management Master´s Degree Programmes taught in English NGO and Youth Work Sign Language Interpreting Facts and figures Total number of students: 1300 International students: 62 · Degree students: 12 · Exchange students: 50 www.humak.fi
JAMK University of Applied Sciences Creating Competence JAMK University of Applied Sciences is an attractive, internationally oriented higher education institution with a strong role among the developers of the Jyväskylä region and Central Finland. We offer first- and second-cycle degree education, open studies, continuing education, and vocational teacher education. We maintain close contacts with regional enterprises and organisations. The orientation of JAMK’s education and the contents of the various curricula are based on the needs of working life. JAMK was nominated as a centre of excellence in regional impact for the years 2006-2007. We participate in the creation and implementation of regional development strategies and likewise strongly promote the innovation and development of competence in the regional labour force. Collaboration with our partners and experts in different fields through research and development produces new products and service concepts for the region. Our work is an active contribution to the social and cultural development of Central Finland.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English
We are an internationally oriented institution of higher education, which is manifested by our versatile cooperation with international partners, both in education and R&D activity. We have partners in more than 40 countries around the globe. Over 2,500 international degree and exchange students have contributed to the internationalisation of JAMK and the city of Jyväskylä over the past ten years, while enjoying JAMK’s high-quality education and the opportunity to complete their studies in close interaction with working life.
Music and Media Management Facility Management Nursing Logistics Engineering International Business Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English
Nearly 3,000 of JAMK’s students have spent periods of study or practical training outside of Finland. Our internationality is also demonstrated by the wide variety of programmes with instruction in English, as well as by the excellent opportunities for cultural and language study. For our international students, teachers and guests we also provide a variety of services to contribute to their stay at JAMK and in Jyväskylä.
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Entrepreneurship and Business Competence, specialisation option in English: High Tech Entrepreneurship Information Technology
Total number of students: 8000 International students: 569 · Degree students: 232 · Exchange students: 337 www.jamk.fi
Kajaani University of Applied Science The key to success! With its 2000 students Kajaani University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary centre of higher education. Special emphasis is placed on providing study counselling to help students succeed in their studies. All facilities and operations are located in a single campus area near the town centre within walking distance. We offer you the opportunity to study in an international study environment with a large number of students in the English taught degree programmes from other countries. We also host a number of exchange students from a worldwide network of partners each year. During your studies, you have the opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad, either studying in one of our partner institutions or accomplishing your practical training. Kajaani, situated in the heartland of Finland, only an hour’s flight from Helsinki, offers the experience of all four seasons and the chance to pursue sports and physical recreation outdoors and indoors. We believe that in our compact town and campus area, we can offer students the taste of a truly international atmosphere. Come and meet us at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences!
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Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Tourism Sports and Leisure Management Facts and figures Total number of students: 2000 International students: 147 · Degree students: 76 · Exchange students: 71 www.kajak.fi
Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences An enjoyable centre for active learning Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences was established in August 1992. Currently there are about 2500 students and a staff of approximately 230. The Bachelor´s degree programmes are designed to meet the changing requirements and development needs of the world of work, having a pronounced professional emphasis, and qualifying graduates for various expert duties. The most important task of Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences is to train entrepreneurially spirited, highly skilled people, who understand the conditions and possibilities of the North. The competence strategy of Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences is based on four fields of expertise; Industry, Human welfare, Culture and Experiments, Trade and Entrepreneurship. Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences provides education for young people and adults leading to bachelor´s and master´s degrees. The guiding principles of the University of Applied Sciences´ Curriculum are internationalization, multidisciplinary studies, professional skills and placement of studies in working life. The university is made up of six education units which specialise in different fields of studies: Business and Administration, Business and Data Processing, Cultural and Media Arts, Health Care, Social Services and Engineering Technology. There are 13 different degree programmes. Five of them are international programmes, in which the language of instruction is English. We are actively involved in international activities like student and teacher exchanges among partner institutions in Europe, Russia, China and Canada.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Business Information Technology Business Management Information Technology Nursing Social Services Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Management Facts and Figures Total number of students: 2500 International students: 250 · Degree students: 200 · Exchange students: 50 www.tokem.fi
Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences Achievers of success Welcome to study at Kymenlaakson ammattikorkeakoulu, University of Applied Sciences! We are an inspiring, multidisciplinary institution with many international activities. In particular, we focus on Logistics, Health Promotion and International Business. Employment prospects for our graduates are good. The campuses are located in Kotka and Kouvola, only about 130 km from Helsinki. Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences is a higher education institution that provides highquality education, fosters competence, conducts applied research and engages in regional development in Southeast Finland as an important, target-oriented member of an efficient network of organisations. The multi-disciplinary Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences produces high-quality professional experts and maintains close links with the world of work and other training and research organisations. Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences promotes competence, innovativeness and welfare in the region through training, R&D and services and fosters areas of expertise that are important at the national level.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Management Design Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Management Facts and figures Total number of students: 4400 International students: 150 · Degree students: 34 · Exchange students: 116 www.kyamk.fi
Lahti University of Applied Sciences Lahti University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1992 and is owned by the municipalities of the Lahti region through the Lahti Region Educational Consortium. Lahti University of Applied Sciences is an independent commercial undertaking within the Consortium. Lahti University of Applied Sciences is located in Southern Finland in the city of Lahti. Six faculties operate in a number of locations in Lahti, with the main central campus area within a kilometre from the city centre, close to Lake Vesijärvi and the Salpausselkä outdoor recreation area. Lahti University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary institution of higher education and it has over twenty Bachelor-level degree programmes with over forty specialisation lines to offer. Students are selected by entrance examination. There are two Bachelor-level degree programmes taught entirely in English: International Business and Business Information Technology. Additionally Lahti University of Applied Sciences offers Masterlevel postgraduate degree programmes in selected fields of study. Lahti University of Applied Sciences has a very active student union, LAMKO. It has subdivisions at all faculties. The application period to the degree programmes is in January - May. The application guide with detailed information is published in print and at our web site. If you are interested in applying to Lahti University of Applied Sciences, please contact the faculty of your choice directly, or the Admissions Office. Innovation Centre at Lahti University of Applied Sciences is in charge of research and development, EU-projects and promoting entrepreneurship, among other things. Research and development work at Lahti University of Applied Sciences is based on applied research and scientific approach. It aims at innovations which promote especially welfare, economic and cultural life in Lahti Region and internal development at Lahti University of Applied Sciences.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Business Information Technology Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English Interior Design International Business Management Facts and figures Total number of students: 5 300 International students: 335 · Degree students: 175 · Exchange students: 160 www.lamk.fi
Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Prime Mover Laurea is a research-oriented and developmental university of applied sciences that produces new competence. Competence development in Laurea’s expertise sectors is founded on evidence-based data. Laurea’s pedagogical innovation, the Learning by Developing (LbD) model is built on development projects that are genuinely rooted in the world of work, aim to produce new practices and require collaboration between lecturers, students and workplace experts to progress, at best producing new competence and knowledge. Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Business Management Nursing Social Services Tourism Business Information Technology Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English Health Promotion Service Innovation and Design Facts and figures Total number of students: 7719 International students: 566 · Degree students: 341 · Exchange students: 225 www.laurea.fi
Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences Got to Get in Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) lies at the heart of the beautiful Finnish Lake District in the South Savo region. MUAS is a modern higher education institution offering high quality education and more fields of study than any other University of Applied Sciences in Finland. There are 20 degree programmes at MUAS, three of which are in English. With a total amount of 4500 students and 200 full-time lecturers Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences is an institution of vibrant student activity. Every year, over 760 new students start their studies leading to a degree at MUAS. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences currently hosts over 200 international students from more than 30 countries. In addition, several international lecturers and experts from the partner institutions visit MUAS every year. The Finnish Ministry of Education has rewarded Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences five times for its international activities. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences has over 200 international co-operation agreements with higher education institutions and universities all over the world. The worldwide co-operation network provides numerous possibilities for all students at MUAS. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences also offers a possibility for the final year students coming from the foreign partner institutions to get a degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology and in Building Services Engineering or that of Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management.
Bachelor´s Degree Programmes taught in English Business Management Information Technology Environmental Engineering Facts and figures Total number of students: 4500 International students: 391 · Degree students: 168 · Exchange students: 233 www.mamk.fi
North Karelia University of Applied Sciences Professionals stand out! North Karelia University of Applied Sciences (NKUAS) is the easternmost University of Applied Sciences in Finland and the European Union. We operate in North Karelia, which is itself the easternmost province of Finland. Our goal is to produce a high quality and efficient response to the demands of modern working life. North Karelia University of Applied Sciences recognises the opportunities open to well-trained experts in the developing technological, business and cultural environment. In this way it ensures a firm foundation for the challenges of the future in the region and in the world. North Karelia University of Applied Sciences is well located, surrounded by innovative enterprises, a traditional and active cultural life, and unspoiled nature. With its 4 000 fellow students North Karelia University of Applied Sciences offers 20 bachelor’s level degree programmes and three master’s level degree programmes in seven fields of study. The study facilities are organised into five multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary centres. The centres operate on four campuses in Joensuu city centre. North Karelia University of Applied Sciences offers two bachelor’s level degree programmes conducted in English language. Degree Programmes in Design and in International Business provide students with strong orientation to internationalization and understanding of modern business processes. The Degree Programme in Design educates students to become professionals in innovation process and international, industrial design. The Degree Programme in International Business educates students to become professionals in international marketing, especially in European and Russian trade.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Design International Business Facts and figures Total number of students: 4005 International students: 150 · Degree students: 50 · Exchange students: 100 www.pkamk.fi
Novia University of Applied Sciences Novia UAS is a multidisciplinary institution of higher education that trains professionals for expert and development posts. We offer 33 degree programmes leading to a Bachelor’s degree after 3.5 to 4.5 years of study. Two bachelor’s programmes are conducted entirely in English: Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Nursing. Several Master level programmes run in the fields of health and social care, technology, and natural resources. The studies have a practical orientation. Novia UAS interacts with regional industries, trade and services through e.g. development work and projects, practical training periods and commissioned Bachelor’s theses. Novia is a network university connecting campuses in seven coastal towns in southwestern and western Finland. The string of approximately 600 kilometres ties together the Swedish-speaking regions of the country, which are Novia’s main area of recruitment. Most of Novia’s 3,500 students speak Swedish as their first language, representing a national minority of about 5% or 300,000 people. The language of instruction at Novia is Swedish, a fact that contributes to our identity. The unceremonious relationship between students and staff creates an inspiring atmosphere for working together toward the mutual goal: quality education. Project based learning and student centered methods develop problem solving and communication skills, essential qualifications on the global job market. Quality education today also includes a sensitivity for sustainable development. Our geography makes us specially conscious of the vulnerability of coastal areas. As future professionals Novia-graduates will have the know-how to apply the principles of sustainable development for the benefit of their organizations and their region. Thanks to our relative smallness we can offer all incoming students individual counselling and guidance by teachers, help and support by tutor students and personal service by the International Office.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Nursing Integrated Coastal Zone Management Facts and figures Total number of students: 3 500 International students: 81 · Degree students: 41 · Exchange students: 40 www.novia.fi
Oulu University of Applied Sciences Oulu University of Applied Sciences – Part of Life Oulu University of Applied Sciences strengthens Northern Finland’s know how, intellectual wellbeing and prosperity. It is a multi-field university ranking among Finland’s most attractive universities of applied sciences. The focus areas of Oulu University of Applied Sciences include ICT and the Internet, sustainable energy solutions, health promotion and creative entrepreneurship. The strength of Oulu University of Applied Sciences lies in its ability to anticipate to the changes of working life in close co-operation with business life. The R&D work of Oulu University of Applied Sciences promotes employment and competitiveness of enterprises in the region. Oulu University of Applied Sciences develops research and teaching alliances and innovation centres of international level together with other actors of the region. Oulu University of Applied Sciences has 30 Bachelor and 10 Master programmes. Three of the Bachelor and two of the Master programmes are conducted entirely in English and intended for both Finnish and international students. In addition, students are offered a varying range of courses in English. Also professional specialisation studies and open university studies are offered in English. In all degree programmes students have possibilities to complete parts of their degree in partner institutions abroad. Practical training is included in the degree and can also be carried out abroad. The students of Oulu University of Applied Sciences get connected with the working life during their studies. By placing trainees from Oulu University of Applied Sciences, employers get skilled workforce to their organisations. Students’ Theses are often commissioned by companies. In all fields of study students are prepared for entrepreneurship. Students can develop new ideas for entrepreneurship in Oulu University of Applied Sciences’ business incubator with the experts of business life already during studies.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Business Information Technology Information Technology International Business Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English Industrial Management Information Technology Facts and figures Total number of students: 9 000 International students: 520 · Degree students: 220 · Exchange students: 300 www.oamk.fi
Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences The North Leads the Way Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences (RAMK) is located in the city of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle in Lapland Province in Finland. It is the northernmost higher professional education institution in the European Union. It has about 3 100 students and a staff of 260 in three campuses. Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences offers many fields of study. Studies are comprised of theoretical professional studies as well as practical training and bachelor’s theses. Northernness is for us an opportunity to specialize internationally. Our primary mission is to support and steer Lapland’s development and ensure the wellness of the region’s people. We take into consideration demands of the Lappish lifestyle and special needs of business activity in the North in both education and our research and development activities. Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences provides research, development, education and expert services primarily for the developmental needs of enterprises and communities in the northern regions. The main areas of core competence are business know-how and entrepreneurship, sustainable utilisation of the northern environment, promotion of health and wellness, and information technology. Multi-field focal areas include management of cold climate conditions, tourism and adventure business, wellness services and technology. There are 14 different degree programmes on bachelor’s level and 4 on master’s level. Degree Programmes in Tourism, Innovative Business Services (2010), Information Technology and one year’s specialisation programme International Project Management are offered entirely in English. One of our distinctive characteristics is internationality, which includes active student and teacher mobility. RAMK has numerous cooperating partners in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Innovative Business Services Tourism and Hospitality Management Information Technology Facts and figures Total number of students: 3 100 International students: 326 · Degree students: 188 · Exchange students: 138 www.ramk.fi
Saimaa University of Applied Sciences Open and interactive atmosphere Saimaa University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary institute of higher education in SouthEast Finland offering Bachelor’s and Master´s degrees. Our four campuses are situated in the cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra. The strategic areas of expertise are: • Process industry with special emphasis on pulp and paper production and business • International business with Russia, which is a rapidly growing business sector especially here in South-East Finland, on the borderline of the EU and Russia • Development and internationalization of service business in tourism • Construction engineering and development of its processes • New approaches to service structures and models in the field of health care and well-being • Fine arts and cultural export Saimaa University of Applied Sciences works in close co-operation with local industries in all fields of studies. The atmosphere between students and lecturers is open and interactive. We have modern facilities for studying. Students have good possibilities to do their studies in different forms; e-learning, studies abroad, project work in Finland or abroad in companies, joint projects with foreign partners.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology Paper Technology International Business Tourism Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business management Facts and figures Total number of students: 3000 International students: 298 · Degree students: 169 · Exchange students: 129 www.saimia.fi
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences SAMK A network-based learning and development centre on the west coast of Finland Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) is a multidisciplinary higher education institution on the west coast of Finland. SAMK provides the students with top-level skills, which are highly valued in working life and required in work tasks of the future. SAMK has a well functioning international cooperation network that serves as a forum for various projects related to education as well as research and development. Education is divided into three faculties: Business and Culture, Social Services and Health Care and Technology and Maritime Management. Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in about twenty degree programmes, and it is also possible to complete Master’s degrees. Four Bachelor’s degrees are taught in English as well as one Master’s degree. In addition to the five degree programmes completely in English, SAMK offers courses in English for the international exchange students in most of the study fields. SAMK participates actively in international cooperation. The wide international network consists of over 100 partner universities in Europe, Asia and America. Yearly over 200 SAMK students go abroad for a study exchange or for an internship abroad and almost the same number of international students study at SAMK campuses every year. Staff members participate actively in international mobility programmes and international guest lecturers visit us on regular bases. Furthermore, our international activities include developing international curricula with our partner universities, arranging seminars and conferences and having R&D and innovative projects with partners. Health and innovate services, Machine vision technology, Maritime safety, Art, creativity and alternative techniques and Cross cultural business management are some of the core competence areas of SAMK R&D activities. SAMK manages over 100 annual projects with companies and corporations on local, national and international levels.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Environmental Engineering Innovative Business Services International Business and Marketing Logistics Physiotherapy Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English Business Management and Entrepreneurship Facts and figures Total number of students: 5598 International students: 212 · Degree students: 62 · Exchange students: 150 www.samk.fi/english
Savonia University of Applied Sciences Savonia is one of the biggest Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland and it has a strong position in regional development work with local companies in Eastern Finland. Savonia is the strongest agent in the development of know-how in Pohjois-Savo region and in a leading position nationally in several sectors of education. International activities bring additional value to the education and economic life. In the organisation of our operations we profit from the synergy of different fields. Savonia has educational units in the cities of Iisalmi, Kuopio and Varkaus. The surrounding nature with forests and various waterways, as well as the remarkable differences between the changing seasons are typical of the area. The units provide courses in English ranging from individual short courses to full international Degree Programmes.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Trade Expert International Marketing Management Industrial Management in Engineering Information Technology Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English Industrial Management Facts and figures Total number of students: 6500 International students: 550 · Degree students: 250 · Exchange students: 300 www.savonia.fi
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences You are Your Future! Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary institution of higher education which also conducts applied R&D in the region of South Ostrobothnia in West Finland. Vision 2015: Seinäjoki UAS is a successful, international and entrepreneurial institution of higher education. Seinäjoki UAS has 20 Bachelor and 7 Master degree programmes. Three degree programmes are totally taught in English. Several one-semester programmes taught in English are available for international exchange students. The mission of Seinäjoki UAS is solidly linked to regional development but the institution is also a desired international cooperation partner. Internationalisation is a strategic objective of Seinäjoki UAS. At the moment Seinäjoki UAS has about 200 partner institutions in 44 countries and is involved in approximately 20 international projects annually. Active student and academic mobility, R&D projects and international conferences are a vital part of the international activities at Seinäjoki UAS. In R&D activities Seinäjoki UAS concentrates on the following areas: - Intelligent and smart systems and logistics, - Developing innovative public services, - Culture and experience production and - Food technology and food processing These areas of expertise are strengthened through education and R&D, based on regional and international needs and the special strengths of the institution. Entrepreneurship and business expertise are emphasised in all the activities. International projects are also integrated into the study programmes.
Seinäjoki UAS utilises the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, ECTS. All students who complete a degree obtain a Diploma Supplement (DS), which is free of charge, on their graduation. Student counselling, supervision, housing and other support services, as well as social programmes for international students have been firmly developed.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Nursing Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Management Facts and figures Total number of students: 4800 International students: 350 · Degree students: 100 · Exchange students: 250 www.seamk.fi/english
TAMK University of Applied Sciences TAMK – attractive study place in a city of students TAMK University of Applied Sciences and PIRAMK University of Applied Sciences merge at the beginning of 2010. The name of the new university of applied sciences is TAMK University of Applied Sciences. In the joint application of spring 2009, TAMK and PIRAMK were the two most popular among the Finnish universities of applied sciences. The new TAMK is the third largest university of applied sciences in Finland with approximately 9000 students. In addition to the city of Tampere, the new TAMK operates in the towns of Ikaalinen, Mänttä-Vilppula and Virrat, which are all located in the Tampere Region. The new TAMK main campus area is the biggest UAS campus area in Finland. Education as well as related research and development of the multidisciplinary university of applied sciences focus on technology, wellbeing services, business administration, tourism and culture. The new TAMK provides degree-awarding education in more than 30 degree programmes in seven fields of study. In addition, TAMK offers vocational teacher education and diverse further and continuing education possibilities. TAMK is an international and high-level working and business life educator and developer. TAMK also participates in working life oriented research and development with companies and the public sector of the region. TAMK widely utilises its national and international cooperation networks. At present TAMK co-operates with some 300 universities around the world. Tampere is best known for its high tech industries, but also for its theatres and culture. Tampere is also a city of students. In fact, almost every fifth person living in Tampere is a student. Collaboration between the higher education institutions in Tampere enables the international exchange students of TAMK to select courses also from the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English Environmental Engineering International Business Media Nursing Social Services Tourism Master’s Degree Programmes taught in English Information Technology Facts and figures Total number of students: 9000 International students: 700 · Degree students: 300 · Exchange students: 400 www.tamkadmissions.fi
Turku University of Applied Sciences Commitment and global potential Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) enjoyes an excellent location in Southwest Finland where technology, education and culture are engaged in a mutually beneficial co-operation with commerce and industry. Future-oriented education and R&D measures of TUAS contribute to prosperity and well-being based on ecologically and ethically sustainable development. Presently, there are ca 9000 students studying towards their Bachelor’s degree and ca 280 students studying Master’s degree. In addition to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, TUAS provides continuing professional education and tailor-made training courses addressing the specific needs of companies and other organisations. Regional development is one of the main goals of TUAS and interaction with the operational environment is close, helping us react to any changes in it in a highly flexible way. Internationalisation is one of the focus areas of TUAS. Being part of the vast network of institutes of higher education in Europe, Asia and North and South America, TUAS is engaged in lively cooperation, especially in terms of student and staff exchange and international projects. TUAS produces versatile applied research and development services for enterprises and working communities. The collaboration ensures opportunities for implementing short-term development projects as well as multinational EU funded proposals. At TUAS, the results of research and development collaboration are also integrated into studies, which ensures up-to-date teaching, and the best possible readiness for graduates stepping into working life. The management model at TUAS includes assessment and quality work, the objectives of which have been defined in the quality policy. Success is assessed against the background of the target agreement and the strategy, material generated by result analysis and student feedback.
Bachelor´s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Information Technology Nursing Facts and figures Total number of students: 9000 International students: 550 · Degree students: 300 · Exchange students: 250 www.tuas.fi
Vaasa (VAMK) University of Applied Sciences Quality competence - VAMK Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu (VAMK), University of Applied Sciences offers You a great opportunity to gain Professional Education with strong emphasis on applied research that contributes significantly to your employability in the working life. VAMK provides quality competence by combining theory with practice. Together with the international students of over 50 different nationalities VAMK is the perfect place to gain higher education and cultural experience. You couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to internationalise – VAMK is the experience of a life time! Our strategic focus at VAMK is Energy Industry, SME Entrepreneurship, and Business Competence and Welfare Services. Internationalism, multilingual education and strong ICT expertise are strongly present in all of the focus areas. We provide education in Finnish, Swedish and English. The degrees are of high quality and working-life-orientated. The staff, degree programmes and student services all work together to provide an extensive range of studies that offer an unbeatable combination of VAMK quality education in Vaasa, one of the liveliest student cities in Finland. Our well-equipped learning environment consists of two campuses located within walking distance from each other. VAMK prides itself on modern and well-equipped facilities. Technobothnia, the technology research and teaching laboratory, provides our Engineering students with an excellent platform to participate in projects introducing the latest technology. Numerous local and international companies and organisations offer the Business Economics and Tourism students an authentic training environment. Practical training in the region’s bilingual organisations as well as in the school’s modern premises prepare the students for working life.
Bachelor’s Degree Programmes taught in English International Business Tourism Information Technology Facts and figures Total number of students: 3500 International students: 480 · Degree students: 400 · Exchange students: 80 www.puv.fi
VAMK experience – beyond your expectations!
Åland University of Applied Sciences Högskolan på Åland Åland University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1997 by the Åland Provincial Government as a co-operative network for vocational higher education certified with a polytechnic diploma. On 1 January 2003 Åland University of Applied Sciences became permanent, when it merged with Åland Open University and changed its Swedish name into “Högskolan på Åland”. The institution offers seven degree programmes with a total of 400 students. In addition to that, the Åland Open University offers around 100 academic courses, lectures and seminars annually. A close cooperation and interaction with working life and society is essential. Åland University of Applied Sciences offers schooling in a wide variety of fields, with degree programmes in economics, maritime studies, technology, nursing & health care, and hospitality. Courses are generally taught in Swedish. Courses available in English are concentrated to the spring semester. Åland University of Applied Sciences offers its students a first-class learning experience; as only around one hundred new students are admitted to the different degree programmes annually, the class sizes remain small, enabling swift and easy communication between teachers and students. In order to provide students with international experiences and contacts, the university cooperates with various foreign institutions. Åland University of Applied Sciences is an active partner in networking activities and communication across national boundaries – in neighbouring regions, the Scandinavian countries, as well as in wider European and international settings. Students are readily assisted in organizing studies and/or training abroad.
Courses offered in English every spring semester Facts and figures Total number of students: 410 · Exchange students: 4 www.ha.ax
Students at Åland University of Applied Sciences are also welcome to take courses at the school’s Open University that offers academic courses, further education, as well as lectures and seminars.
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Facts about Finland Geography • 338,000 km2, of which 10 % is water and 70 % forest • Europe´s largest archipelago, including the semi autonomous province of Åland Climate • The climate of Finland is marked by cold winters and fairly warm summers. The mean temperature in Helsinki in July is +19 Celsius and in February –8 Celsius People • 5.3 million inhabitants • 62 % live in towns or urban areas, 38 % in rural areas • Largest cities: Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Turku, Oulu Languages • Finland has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish. Finnish is spoken by 94 % of the population Religion • 84 % Lutheran, about 1 % Greek Orthodox History and Governance Some important events in the history of Finland: • 1155 Finland becomes part of the Swedish realm • 1809 Finland becomes an autonomous Grand Duchy under the Russian Emperor • 1917 Finland´s declaration of independence on December 6 • 1995 Finland becomes a member of the European Union The head of state is the President of the Republic Parliament consists of one chamber with 200 members Economy • Finland´s GNP per capita is around 30,000 euros • Exports: electronics and electrotechnical goods, metal and engineering products, forest industry products • Currency: euro
Links and Sources of Information Centre for International Mobility CIMO www.cimo.fi www.studyinfinland.fi The Rectorsâ€™ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences www.arene.fi Ministry of Education www.minedu.fi Ministry for Foreign Affairs www.formin.fi Virtual Finland website at www.virtualfinland.fi Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences www.samok.fi Finnish National Board of Education www.oph.fi Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Admissions Service www.admissions.fi The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council www.kka.fi Finnish UAS Network for Internationalisation www.pinnet.fi Finnish Tourist Board www.visitfinland.com
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Welcome to Finland
Published on Apr 25, 2010
Published on Apr 25, 2010
Finnish education and science policy stresses quality, efficiency, equity and internationalism. It is geared to promote the competitiveness...