25 Jun 2018

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 only other EPAS-accredited programmes in Finland are master’s-level programmes run by the University of Vaasa and Lappeenranta University of Technology.

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.

This time the academic representatives of the assessment group came from Hungary, Croatia and Finland, in addition to which the group included a working life representative from France. The assessment group reviewed comprehensive written materials and interviewed staff, students and representatives of business life.

“We were assessed on the basis of 75 criteria in total,” says Director Asta Wahlgrén of the School of Business.

The International Business programme received praise particularly for its working life connections, international learning environment, the education’s relevance to working life and positive atmosphere. In addition to this, the assessors praised the School of Business’s management. Investment in research was seen as a future target of improvement.

The assessment process also facilitated the development of the school’s operations, both in terms of education and quality management.

“This was an excellent, though also resource-consuming, learning process for us. The staff made a wonderful commitment to our joint efforts, and the drive was great,” praises Wahlgrén.

“The accreditation has facilitated 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.”

The strategic decision made in 2010 to launch EFMD cooperation has proven to have been sensible in the ever-changing operating environment of education.

“In addition to developing our own expertise, the accreditation increases our competitiveness on the international market now that tuition fees have been implemented for non-EU students”, says Wahlgrén.

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. 

Ask more:
Asta Wahlgren, director, +358 405 769 372,  School of Business