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1 Arene`s role and activities in Finland Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Riitta Rissanen Executive Director, Arene ry Ph. D (Education). M.Sc. (Econ.)

2 ARENE Arene ry is the Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences. It's main functions are influencing on the development of the Finnish higher education system and promoting closer cooperation between the universities of applied sciences.

3 The Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) serves to influence and promote higher education policy in Finland and Europe. it promotes co-operation between universities of applied sciences and exerts influence on the international stage. it provides universities of applied sciences with the prerequisites for high-quality, workplaceoriented higher education as well as research, development and innovation.

4 The Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene) Arene members are the rectors of universities of applied sciences (actual members) and representatives of university owners (supportive members). Conference matters are overseen by the Board, which is comprised of the President and five other members, who are elected at the annual meeting. The President and other Board members serve a term of two years. Arene's actual members convene at joint meetings held a few times each year. Arene Board meetings are generally held once a month.

5 The priorities for Arene in year 2015 To influence the fact that Finland provides a nation-wide profiled university of applied sciences education, which is based on regional, national and international needs of higher education. It allows different approaches for the regions and cooperation between higher education and also guarantees social, economic and cultural well-being. The aim is that professionally profiled Finnish higher education is recognized and valued in Finnish society as well as in international networks.

6 The priorities for Arene in year 2015 To advance development of the knowledge-based society in such a way that the university of applied sciences has a strong role as a reformer of expert knowledge in higher education, as well as the promotion of RDI activities which reforms business and working life and the entrepreneurships. To work in cooperation between stakeholders and to influence thereby on development of expert communities in universities of applied sciences.

7 Practical HEI degrees Theory and practice At the Universities of Applied Sciences the students get both theoretical and practical competences in the professional field they have chosen. There are 26 Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland - of these 24 are operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture 140,000 students an intake of more than 27,000 young students in degree programmes for a Bachelor s degree an intake of more than 6,000 adult students in degree programmes for a Bachelor s degree an intake about 1,000 students in degree programmes for a Master s Degree

8 Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland 1. Arcada, Helsinki 2. Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 3. HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 4. HUMAK University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 5. HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Hämeenlinna 6. JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä 7. Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Kajaani 8. Central Ostrobotnia University of Applied Sciences, Kokkola 9. Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, Kotka 10. Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti 11. Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Vantaa 12. Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki 13. Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences, Mikkeli 14. Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu 15. Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Joensuu 16. Police College, Tampere 17. Lappi University of Applied Sciences, Rovaniemi 18. Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Lappeenranta 19. Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Pori 20. Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Kuopio 21. Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Seinäjoki 22. TAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tampere 23. Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku 24. Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa 25. Novia University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa 26. Åland University of Applied Sciences, Maarianhamina

9 Aim at professional knowledge, skills and new competences Eight disciplines and over 40 degrees from engineer to dance teacher offer a wide range of professional higher education Humanities and Education Culture Social Sciences, Business and Administration Natural sciences Technology, Communication and Transport Natural Resources and the Environment Social Services, Health and Sports Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services

10 Studies in the Universities of Applied Sciences Studies are competence based and UAS degree consist of basic and professional studies optional studies practical training Bachelor s thesis R&D projects, Bachelor`s thesis and entrepreneurship projects are implemented in close co-operation with the companies, society and working life Close co-operation with working life guarantees good job opportunities and relevant working-life based competences The extent of the studies is ECTS credits and the duration of studies is years Most UASs are multidisciplinary, i.e. part of the studies can be chosen from various different fields of study International competence is included in studies, or in and practical training abroad

11 Professional Master s Degrees Master s Dergrees in the Universities of Applied Scienses are professionally oriented HEI degrees and offer graduates already active in working life an excellent opportinity to advance and expand their skills in their own specialisation area Master s degrees ECTS credits can be completed alongside a full-time job includes a working-life development R&D project as a Master`s thesis, comprising 30 ECTS credits entry requirements: UAS degree or other suitable higher education degree and three years of relevant work experience after graduation Master s Degree includes 1) Advanced specialist studies 2) Free-choice studies 3) Master s thesis

12 Admission to education in Finland New admission portal for all education in Finland, The students can apply for admission to the UAS through the nation-wide application system Degree programmes taught in foreign languages might also have a separate admission procedure Most degree programmes have an entrance examination

13 Admission requirements of the Universities of Applied Sciences the Finnish matriculation examination completed upper secondary school vocational qualifications of three years or more in duration the International Baccalaureate European Baccalaureate Reifeprüfung a foreign qualification which provide eligibility for university entrance in the country in which they are awarded. Student selection is usually based either on grades or an entrance exam, or both. Be sure to check the admission criteria of each programme in the programme info page.

14 Working life based Higher Education, innovations and R&D The Universities of Applied Sciences co-operate closely with companies, especially with SME`s, and wide range of society and working life and offer them e.g. research, development and innovation services projects and ventures Life-long Learning opportunities and tailor- made education services continuing education and tailor-made training Co-operation between the Universities of Applied Sciences and working life aims to support e.g. regional development, new entrepreneurship and SME`s and international capability.

15 Universities of applied sciences in RDI activities At universities of applied sciences, research, development and innovation (RDI) are applied and practice-oriented activities, which: meet the research and development needs of corporate and other partners; produce concrete results based on a practical approach; make use of user-oriented innovation activities; influence development, well-being and improved competitiveness at a regional level. Universities of applied sciences form part of the Finnish research and innovation system, which is involved in international networks and operates in an increasingly global competitive environment. The special assets of universities of applied sciences are their applied and multidisciplinary research, development and innovation activities, which are guided by a strong user orientation and a genuine problem-solving focus.

16 Universities of applied sciences as drivers of competitiveness Thanks to their broad-based and multidisciplinary competences, universities of applied sciences are versatile partners. In addition to being training organisations, they are: research and development partners; 7000 RDI personnel in Finnish UAS innovators; service providers; development platforms offering their partners modern learning and research environments

17 Universities of applied sciences as innovators The knowledge and innovation environments of universities of applied sciences create innovations as a result of multidisciplinary competences. User-oriented RDI methods are alongside more traditional demand-oriented innovation activities part of the competences that universities of applied sciences use to reform the world of work and business. Student entrepreneurship educates students to become knowledge-intensive entrepreneurs for the future and promotes an entrepreneurial approach towards work. Within a few years, universities of applied sciences have generated hundreds of inventions that are now on their way to becoming commercially available. M RDI volume in Finnish UAS 165,3 166,6 168,3 148,4 124, ,4 99,6 89,8 90,5 67,2 55,6 43,6 31,

18 Universities of applied sciences as service providers Universities of applied sciences effectively introduce knowledge and competence into practice through their services. Their service provision is extensive, including: education and training services (continuing education and specialisation training); development services; various testing, modelling and product development services; innovation services; business incubator and accelerator services relating to entrepreneurship; research services. The service provision is characterised by the fact that staff and students produce services together. A further role of these services is to support and promote the tasks, profile and competences of each individual university of applied sciences. Services form part of their basic mission.

19 Modern learning environments at universities of applied sciences Universities of applied sciences develop competences in diverse and modern learning environments, including their own environments as well as various working life environments and laboratories, virtual platforms and research environments. This creates new opportunities to combine work and study as well as to studify work, i.e. provide opportunities to study on the job. In addition to classrooms, competences are being developed in the world of work, on virtual platforms and through R&D activities. It is also more and more common for studies to take place at the workplace through learning by doing and through reflection on learning. Universities of applied sciences offer plenty of opportunities for internationalisation, preparing experts for the global working environments of the future.

20 Modern learning environments at universities of applied sciences Universities of applied sciences have developed work-oriented learning environments and created new RDI environments in different parts of Finland. In many cases, facilities and equipment are used jointly with other parties, such as: facilities and environments shared by universities of applied sciences and research universities; laboratories used in co-operation with businesses; joint projects of universities of applied sciences and local authorities (technology centres, business incubators).

21 RDI activities at universities of applied sciences promote innovations RDI activities at universities of applied sciences have entered a new phase, which is related to raising competitive funding as co-ordinators of and partners in international networks. The European Union s Horizon 2020 programme opens up new opportunities for this, in particular in areas relating to the SME sector and social challenges. We need more co-operation, also internationally. Research, development and innovation activities need to be strengthened through collaboration between research universities, universities of applied sciences, national educational and research institutes, businesses and the public sector.

22 UAS core funding from 2014

23 Knowledge and competence You will find more information and links to the Universities of Applied Sciences in Internet at the address Please visit the pages!

24 Thank You!

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