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In terms of attractiveness, JAMK was one of the top three universities of applied sciences.

In the spring 2018 joint application period, JAMK University of Applied Sciences was once again among the most attractive universities of applied sciences in terms of the number of primary applicants in relation to available study places. Of all universities of applied sciences, only Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Laurea University of Applied Sciences had more primary applicants per available study place.

At JAMK, there were 1,385 study places available in seven different fields, 300 of which were in master's degree programmes. There were 130 study places in English-language programmes, which were applied for by a total of 563 people. This marks a slight increase compared to 2017.

Among the most popular bachelor's degree programmes in relation to available study places were the Degree Programme in Social Services and the Degree Programme in Physiotherapy, for which there were almost 13 applicants per place. The programmes in social services and health care also generated interest as part-time studies: part-time studies in occupational therapy attracted 11.6 applicants per place, while the corresponding number for part-time studies in social services was 10.

In terms of the number of primary applicants, the most popular degree programmes were in business administration (433 full-time; 291 part-time) and information and communications technology (293 full-time; 119 part-time).

Students’ interest in online studies remained at roughly the same level as in the previous year. In the spring of 2018, there were 1,586 primary applicants for bachelor's degree programmes as part-time studies (1,569 in 2017).

As for master's degree programmes, the programmes in entrepreneurship and business competence, cybersecurity and social services and health care management attracted the most applicants. All in all, the number of applicants for master's degree programmes was smaller compared to the previous year.

JAMK graduates find employment

Each year, JAMK has conducted a survey with those who have completed their bachelor's degree regarding their experiences with their own competence and employment approximately one year after graduation. According to the survey, 91% of those who graduated in 2017 were in an employment relationship or had become entrepreneurs/freelancers. 5% of the respondents were unemployed. 58% of the employed remained in the Central Finland region and 14% worked in Uusimaa. Two out of three respondents are in a permanent employment relationship.

84% find that they are working in a field corresponding with their degree. Furthermore, roughly three out of four respondents find that the skills required in their work correspond well or very well with the professional skills they achieved during their studies. For example, those graduating in social services and health care and those with a degree in business information technology assessed that their professional skills matched their work especially well.

Those with a bachelor's degree said that their employment was facilitated especially by the practical training and other work experience included in their studies. These factors play a particularly important role in the practical fields of culture and social services and health care. The students’ theses have also played a role in employment in the fields of technology, ICT and tourism and catering services.

Placement in labour market one year after graduation

JAMK’s Business Administration education passes international EPAS accreditation once again

On 13 June 2018, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), an international expert organisation that assesses and develops management education, granted the prestigious EPAS accreditation to JAMK University of Applied Sciences’ International Business degree programme for three years.

International Business (IB) gained its first EPAS accreditation in 2012. That first accreditation was the first recognition of a bachelor’s-level programme at a university of applied sciences in Europe in the history of the EFMD, and even today IB remains the only bachelor’s-level programme in Finland to receive the accreditation.

The comprehensive EPAS assessment emphasises the academic quality and internationality of the education programme, as well as its relevance to working life. Areas assessed include unit strategy and management, pedagogy and teaching staff, the planning, implementation and results of education, and quality management.

The International Business degree programme accepts 70 new students each year. Approximately half of them come from abroad. All in all, JAMK has students from over 70 countries.

Read more about EPAS-accreditation

EUR-ACE accreditation for the Information and Communications Technology degree programme approved

The EUR-ACE accreditation for the Information and Communications Technology degree programme was approved in February 2018.

Practices such as utilising the Slack group work platform and the Challenge Factory environment were well-received.  The EUR-ACE quality label was granted to JAMK University of Applied Sciences by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre KARVI. This was JAMK’s third programme to receive the EUR-ACE label and Finland’s first accredited degree programme in information and communications technology.

The accreditation will be valid until 14 June 2023.

See all the accredited engineering programmes here

Teachers with an immigrant background acquire qualifications at JAMK

The training course provided by JAMK’s Teacher Education College gives teachers with an immigrant background pedagogical qualifications. In Finland, most teaching positions require having completed pedagogical studies.

The POPS qualification training, which was launched in March 2018, is in Finnish, meaning that the students are required to already have fluent language skills. The participants’ language skills will also develop during and with the course. The course is implemented with funding provided by the Finnish National Agency for Education to promote the social integration of immigrants.

“There are many immigrants with higher education living in Finland for whom the doors to working life can only be opened with further education. The POPS studies complement the skills of those with a teacher’s education to bring them to the level required in Finland,” says Lecturer Outi Pylkkä.

A similar training course has previously been implemented at JAMK several times under the name Specima.

Read more about the POPS training (in Finnish)