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JAMK University of Applied Sciences has maintained its position as the fourth most popular university of applied sciences in Finland, based on the number of first-preference applicants. The three more popular choices were the Metropolia and Laurea Universities of Applied Sciences and Tampere University of Applied Sciences.

Part-time studies kept gaining more popularity, as the number of applicants increased by almost 20% from the previous year. The total number of applicants remained close to that of the previous year. The number was 14,336 in 2017 and 14,520 in 2016. The number of first-preference applicants increased slightly: there were 5,762 applicants in 2017 and 5,609 in 2016.

The number of people applying for English-language degree programmes decreased from 701 to 465. Tuition fees collected from students from outside the EU/EEA entered into force for the first time in 2017, possibly contributing to the decrease in the number of applicants. The number of first-place applicants per place was 4.04 for all JAMK programmes.

The degree programme in Social Services became the most popular JAMK programme, attracting 1,326 applicants, 316 of whom had the programme as their first preference. This means 72 applicants more than in 2016. There were almost 16 applicants for a single study place.

The degree programme in Logistics, Bioeconomy, implemented in co-operation between JAMK and Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, also generated great interest this year. 108 people applied for the programme. Cyber studies remain popular as well: the Cyber Security Master’s degree programme attracted 123 applicants, 109 of whom had the programme as their first preference.

Tuudo launched to make students’ life easier

A new communication channel for students named Tuudo was launched in late 2017. Tuudo is a mobile application that contains the most frequently used student services related to studies and everyday student life. The application makes it easier for students to keep track of their studies, among other things, along with improving the accessibility of teaching facilities and real-time communication of study attainments and making time planning more effective.

Tuudo has been developed in co-operation with the Student Union of JAMK University of Applied Sciences (JAMKO) and is available in Finnish and English. The application gives students access to the most frequently used JAMK online services at all times.