Jussi Halttunen, rector of JAMK University of Applied Sciences

Vision for higher education and research in 2030

"An initiative put forward by Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laaksonen has resulted in the launch of substantial vision work to renew the operations of institutions of higher education by 2030. The process aims to achieve a shared vision and roadmap for reaching the development targets set for 2030. "

The roadmap is being prepared in four different workgroups, which include directors of institutions of higher education, as well as representatives from the most significant interest groups and labour market organisations.

The Ministry of Education and Culture has set clear objectives for the vision work. The objectives state that the knowledge capital of the entire population has to increase, and the goal is that at least 50% of young adults aged 25–34 obtain a higher education degree in 2030. Furthermore, institutions of higher education must focus on building flexible and individual study paths, facilitating continuous learning in different life situations. The new forms of learning facilitated by digitalisation and an open operating culture must be utilised as well.

For JAMK, this means an even stronger focus on the efficiency, effectiveness and accessibility of education in the future. Our goal is to build new forms of lifelong learning, which will also make it possible to proceed to a degree programme by a faster schedule and with a higher completion rate. Our goal is to further increase open UAS path studies and, consequently, courses adapted into degree programmes, such as Diplomas of Higher Education. In terms of online learning, the goal is also to increase learning opportunities that realise the concept of a new-generation institution of higher education and are independent of time and place.

JAMK has served as the coordinator for the national eAMK project, which aims to develop new pedagogic practices and models that utilise digitality. The national objective of the vision work also requires that the funding models for institutions of higher education are renewed and the strict degree ceilings are raised or eliminated. A strong case can also be made for increasing the public funding of universities of applied sciences from its current level, as without resource growth, achieving greater educational goals is not possible.

In terms of RDI activities, JAMK’s goal is to strengthen applied research and innovation activities.

In 2017, complementary funding outside the basic funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture formed 23% of JAMK’s entire funding. The goal is to further increase this percentage in the future. Significant growth opportunities can be seen in the accumulation of tuition fees from students from outside the EU/EEA, as well as the volume of education exports.