16 Jun 2015

International Business gains EPAS-accreditation for the second time

JAMK’s International Business degree programme has gained an important international accreditation for the second time. On 10 June, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), an international expert organisation that assesses business education and develops management, gave the prestigious EPAS accreditation to the International Business degree programme for three years.

International Business gained its first EPAS accreditation in 2012. That first accreditation was the first recognition of a bachelor-level programme at a university of applied sciences in Europe in the history of the EFMD.

The EPAS assessment highlights the academic quality of education and its relevance to working life; the assessment was extremely holistic. Themes included strategy and management, pedagogy and teaching staff, the planning, implementation and results of education, and quality management.

“We were assessed on the basis of 79 criteria in total,” says Director Asta Wahlgrén of the School of Business.

The assessment group explored comprehensive written materials and interviewed staff, students and representatives of business life.

The International Business programme received praise for its good connections to business life, its international learning environments, the education’s relevance to business life and good atmosphere in particular. Investment and inputs in research and alumni activities is seen as a future target of improvement.

The assessment process developed operations, both in terms of education and quality management.

“This was a huge learning process for us, albeit time-consuming. The teachers made a wonderful commitment to our joint efforts, and the drive was great,” says Wahlgrén.

“The accreditation has promoted JAMK’s acquisition of high-level partners. In addition, foreign students value such a quality label. I feel that, in future, Finnish applicants will also value this recognition from an independent party. In addition, the accreditation keeps us competitive in the international market in case the education becomes chargeable in the future,” Wahlgrén continues.

At the moment, the holders of the EPAS accreditation include a few degree programmes at the University of Vaasa and Lappeenranta University of Technology. JAMK’s International Business programme continues to be the only Finnish bachelor-level programme at a university of applied sciences to have achieved EPAS accreditation.

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.

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