FUAS - Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences is a strategic alliance formed by HAMK, Lahti and Laurea Universities of Applied Sciences.

The strategic intent of FUAS for 2020 is an internationally respected federation of independent higher education institutions that strengthens the international competitiveness of the Helsinki metropolitan area, offering all the higher education, research and regional development functions required by the metropolitan area’s industry, commerce and population.

The FUAS institutions have around 21,000 students, representing approx. 15% of Finland's university of applied sciences students.

Thanks to the FUAS alliance, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area has a higher education network that responds to international demands and that significantly reinforces international competitiveness.