FUAS – Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences
Laurea is a member of the Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences, FUAS. FUAS is an alliance of three independent universities of applied sciences; Häme University of Applied Sciences, Lahti University of Applied Sciences, and Laurea University of Applied Sciences. This agreement-based alliance operates in the Greater Helsinki Metropolitan Area: Uusimaa, Päijät-Häme, Kanta-Häme, and Southern Pirkanmaa.
The FUAS and its network-based operating model help to transfer the knowledge and expertise of three universities of applied sciences to their entire operating area. The key benefit for students is the broad and high-quality educational provision that the students can utilise the whole year around. For the world of work FUAS offers comprehensive RDI service products based on the diverse expertise. FUAS improves the competence and resource efficiency of the member institutions in the fields of FUAS focus areas and areas of strategic cooperation.
FUAS vision for 2020 is: FUAS enables the member institutions to offer the students high quality education and the broadest range of study opportunities throughout the academic year. FUAS enables the most comprehensive RDI service products based on diverse expertise for the small and medium-sized enterprises and communities in the operating area of the member institutions.
FUAS has four areas of strategic cooperation: Summer Studies, Graduate School, Virtual Campus and Services for companies and communities. The focus areas of FUAS steer and structure the educational and RDI activities of FUAS. The focus areas are: Technological competence and entrepreneurship, Environment and energy efficiency, Societal security and integrity and Ensuring welfare.