Jussi Halttunen, Rector

The new-generation institute of higher education makes progress

Jussi Halttunen

"2018 was a very good and productive year for JAMK. Our strategic cornerstone, the ‘new-generation institute of higher education’, made good progress on several different fronts."

The turnover of JAMK University of Applied Sciences drew close to its set goal of €60 million. The basic funding received from the state also increased last year, approaching a level of €45 million. In 2018, complementary funding outside the basic funding comprised 26% of the overall funding for the university of applied sciences. The volume of RDI activities kept increasing, reaching a record-breaking level of €11 million. JAMK is among the top universities of applied sciences in Finland in terms of external funding (€7.9M) as well.

Education exports reached sales of €1.7 million, while the volume of the entire service business was €4.8 million. The Ministry of Education and Culture granted JAMK €0.6 million in additional strategic funding for 2019 and 2020. Furthermore, we managed to receive significant RDI funding from both of the Ministry of Education and Culture’s additional profile funding schemes for research activities in both cybersecurity and multidisciplinary rehabilitation.

The busy year strengthened JAMK’s position in the Finnish university sector. Our co-operation in the EduFutura consortium formed with the University of Jyväskylä and Gradia has made positive progress. The planning of the construction of additional facilities to the Finnish Music Campus moved forward, and the project will start in the spring of 2019. During the autumn of 2018, JAMK carried out a self-evaluation related to the third FINEEC audit round, and the actual audit visit took place in March 2019.

In 2018, a significant decision was made to lease facilities with more than 3,000 m2 of room in the upcoming Hippos Arena Centre to the School of Health and Social studies. The relocation will take place in the spring of 2022. JAMK’s lease agreement was a significant factor in the progress of the entire Hippos project. Significant investments were made last year, such as those to reinforce the JyvSecTec cybersecurity environment and to build a new digital learning centre.

Another significant step towards the new-generation institute of higher education is the project to reform the curricula, which was launched last year for master's degree programmes. The modular structure of the implementation of the studies and the implementation of common leadership studies at the JAMK level provides a new profile for master’s degree programmes. The curriculum reform will continue in 2019 for bachelor’s degree programmes.