Nationally, JAMK was the fifth largest open UAS after the universities of applied sciences in South-Eastern Finland and the Helsinki region.

In the open UAS studies, path studies that may serve as a route to degree education were particularly popular. However, studies that update students’ know-how have become increasingly popular at the same time.

“Continuous learning is emphasised more and more. For example, we have focused heavily on Diploma of Higher Education programmes and other extensive study modules, in which adults can develop their own know-how to suit the demands of working life,” says open UAS Administrative Planner Maarit Korva.

In the operation of the open UAS, JAMK emphasises the development of opportunities for continuous learning in the region as well.

“We have launched open higher education studies in Keuruu, and in the fall of 2019, the operations will be expanded to Jämsä. In Äänekoski, we are already preparing to start the second stage,” Korva says.

The transition phases between educational levels are also an area of focus. Co-operation is already carried out with secondary education institutes in order to make the transition to higher education smoother than before. The study offering is developed for students with higher secondary education and vocational education alike.

“For example, at the Äänekoski Upper Secondary School, we have already implemented studies in co-operation with the University of Jyväskylä. The new Act on General Upper Secondary Education, which will enter into force on 1 August 2019, also emphasises co-operation between upper secondary schools and institutes of higher education, so in this regard, we are doing pioneering work.”