In carrying out its mission, each university of applied sciences shall cooperate with business and industry and other sectors of the labour market, in particular within its own region, and with Finnish and foreign higher education institutions and other education providers.

JAMK’s more than 8,000 students and 700 staff members form an interaction network that has significant impact potential in Central Finland and beyond.

The Annual Report describes our most important achievements in 2017 through brief overviews, examples and figures. Concrete examples of social interaction, effective and attractive education, growing RDI and service business activities, and regional and international cooperation can be found through the Annual Report links.

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Key Performance Indicator
JAMK’s popularity as an educator continues

Social interaction directed by JAMK’s strategy and areas of strength

JAMK’s mission, ‘Turning expertise into competitiveness’, provides guidelines for our operations and the development of societal effectiveness. It means using expertise to improve the competitiveness of students, clients and partners.

The strategy is closely linked to JAMK’s operating environment. Over the coming years, a number of large investments will be implemented in Central Finland, including the bioproduct factory in Äänekoski, the New Hospital, the Kangas area, Hippos 2020 and the Himos tourist area. These will provide new kinds of opportunities for JAMK’s operations as well.

JAMK has four areas of strength and two new emerging fields that operate in innovation centres and centres of excellence that bring together different operators in the region. They are based on the industrial policy and strategic priorities of the region and JAMK’s strong expertise. The areas of strength are education expertise and business, bioeconomy, applied cybersecurity and multidisciplinary rehabilitation. The new, emerging fields are automation and robotics and tourism. Each area of strength has a significant education task, focused RDI activities and professional service business activities. The operations of the areas of strength support the attainment of the development objectives of the City of Jyväskylä and the implementation of the regional strategy for Central Finland.

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JAMK's strategy updated

In Jyväskylä, we have intensified our functional collaboration with the university and Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia under the EduFutura cooperation. The City of Jyväskylä is a shareholder in Jyväskylän Yritystehdas Oy, a shared entrepreneurship and innovation learning and development environment of the EduFutura operators. JAMK has played a significant role in a number of national and international development projects in collaboration with other institutes of higher education. One of the most significant national development projects is the nationwide eAMK (electronic university of applied sciences) project coordinated by JAMK that aims for the deployment of the digital competence and operating models that draw upon it that are necessary for reinventing higher education.

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Towards a joint summer semester
Universities of applied sciences to receive the Campus Online Portal

For continuous competence development, JAMK has actively provided flexible learning opportunities that are smaller in scale than degrees for those who are already in working life, such as new specialisation studies and Diploma of Higher Education programmes. In national statistics, JAMK was ranked the fourth-largest provider of open university of applied sciences studies. In 2017, we put special effort in improving the quality, quantity and accessibility of online studies and in strengthening the digital pedagogy competence of our personnel.

JAMK has systematically developed the flexibility of studies by increasing the opportunities to pursue part-time studies for all degree students. In 2017 admissions, part-time studies accounted for 55% of JAMK’s total education volume. About 20% of all annual study attainments are completed in the form of online studies. Of all the students who graduated in 2015, 64% had found employment in Central Finland by the end of 2016. JAMK’s educational activities are multiform, working life-oriented, increasingly web-based and capable of flexibly responding to the needs of society.

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New openings in lifelong learning
A record numer in JAMK's open studies

Competence, learning and capacity for renewal through interaction

JAMK’s basic missions – graduate programmes, RDI and service business activities – are implemented in a working-life oriented manner so as to yield, as effectively as possible, results and effects that make it possible for the operations to have impact over a longer term. For example, the operations of the working life advisory boards, the students’ practical training and theses, the utilisation of international students in companies, RDI and service business activities and the Future Factory operating model that makes use of working life development challenges as starting points for learning, call for continuous and determined liaisons with the representatives and management of various organisations. Furthermore, JAMK’s alumni constitute a significant societal interaction network. At the end of 2017, the alumni network had more than 10,000 members. 

JAMK has actively carried out research, development and innovation activities in Central Finland in its areas of strength in particular. JAMK has renewed its commercialisation-seeking operating practices in collaboration with Jyväskylän Yritystehdas Oy. Support for product development has been renewed and carried out in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä and Gradian.

The annual Report presents concrete examples of the results gained through RDI activities. Read more:
A versatile selection of publications

Through service business operations, we help companies and organisations to develop, enhance their competitive edge and internationalise. JAMK offers a versatile range of testing and analysis environments and services for the companies’ product development and service, process and business development. The active participation of JAMK’s experts in the planning and execution of service business activities strengthens co-development, the sharing of expertise and the working-life orientation of education.

In its international operations, JAMK has strengthened the international nature of its education and increased its education exports and the amount of international RDI activities. JAMK’s education exports seek global competence transfer and are conducted under the name JAMK Global Education Services. JAMK has effective national UAS and corporate cooperation networks in place, and it engages in cooperation with EduCluster Finland Oy and various ministries and embassies. The education exports portfolio consists of various continuing education, graduate programme, consultation and expert services. The most important export countries thus far have been Kazakhstan, China and Argentina. Education export services have been provided in Finland, in the target countries and, to an increasing extent, online. In 2017, the education export projects brought a number of expert groups and hundreds of students to Jyväskylä. Over the past few years, the value of education exports and international RDI activities has totalled around three million euros.

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JAMK at the Astana World Expo
Global education services