28 May 2021

First-ever Quality Label for Excellence in higher education awarded to JAMK University of Applied Sciences

JAMK University of Applied Sciences has been awarded with first-ever Quality Label for Excellence in higher education for demonstrating an innovative and pioneering spirit, an approach that focuses on long-term development and a participatory operating culture.

The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) awards the Quality Label for Excellence to audited higher education institutions for their commitment to enhancement work of exceptionally high quality. The Higher Education Evaluation Committee may decide to award the Quality Label for Excellence to higher education institutions to which the level excellent has been granted in at least one of the three evaluation areas (HEI creates competence, HEI promotes impact and renewal, and HEI enhances quality and well-being).

JAMK has with its long-term enhancement and development work managed to create an original quality system that supports its strategic goals and also responds to the challenges in its operating environment. It has conducted quality work particularly by enabling matters, and innovative procedures for sharing ideas, support for the staff and goal-oriented building of an expert culture have played an important role.

An important merit has also been the central role given to the perspective of everyday activities: quality work is part of both everyday leadership and everyday work. The quality culture permeates the entire higher education community from the board of directors to the leadership of the units and to staff and students. External stakeholders are also engaged. JAMK has succeeded in involving different actors in the development and evaluation, and it effectively communicates information on its development and enhancement work.

– We are very pleased about this acknowledgement. It is a reward for the development work we have done for more than 20 years. Quality is a vital issue for a higher education institution in the recruitment of both students and staff, and it is also often asked about in international contexts. Continuous everyday work and everyone’s commitment are required to maintain it. I am very satisfied with how well the quality culture has been internalised as part of the strategic activities at JAMK and that students have also adopted it. For example, the central role of quality work in induction and tutoring activities has played an important part in this. We value this acknowledgement very highly, Jussi Halttunen, Rector of JAMK, summarises his feelings.

The Quality Label for Excellence is valid for the same six-year period as the Quality Label awarded in FINEEC’s audit. The acknowledgement will be awarded for the first time in spring 2021.

Further information:
Jussi Halttunen, Rector
firstname.lastname@jamk.fi
tel. +358400644913
JAMK University of Applied Sciences

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