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Laurea as a higher education institution

At Laurea, we believe in interaction and encounters between people; the ability to meet another person is our most valuable capital. Service management is based on understanding people, marketing and sales on understanding customers, nursing and social work on understanding clients, and safety on understanding people and users.

Laurea is a higher education institution that operates on six campuses in the Uusimaa region. People and interaction are at the core of its operations. Our activities are based on a sense of community, social responsibility and creativity.

At Laurea, studies, RDI activities and regional development are carried out in cooperation with different participants, including a variety of social actors, sectors and international partners. Cooperation is based on equality, with everyone being able to produce new knowledge and understanding.

People and interaction are at the core of Laurea’s operations. Laurea’s brand promise, “Together we are stronger”, describes our collective operations.

Learning and practical work go hand in hand at Laurea. Real-world assignments, such as projects and development work, are a key element in all our fields of study. During their studies, Laurea’s students get numerous opportunities to build their future jointly with potential employers.

Thanks to the close study-time cooperation with employers, the employment rate of our students is excellent. Of Laurea’s graduates, 93.7% find employment within a year of graduation (Finnish National Agency for Education, 2015).

Our practical approach to studies and real-life study projects ensure that our students get networking opportunities and can accumulate work experience.

Service promise: “We are here for you at Laurea”

Our service promise, “We are here for you at Laurea", is an assurance of a good learning environment for our students and of partnership and joint development for our partners.

1. At Laurea, you can study flexibly

At Laurea, you will make a personal study plan that supports your goals. You will study in genuine working life projects. You can also plan your own schedule of studies and speed up graduation thanks to our flexible study offer.

2. At Laurea, you get guidance and feedback

We support your personal individual development and the progress of your studies using various guidance measures. As teachers and tutors, we are committed to giving you feedback on your development on a regular basis.

3. At Laurea, you build your future with us – together with employers

We are committed to acting in cooperation with you and employers in accordance with the Learning by Developing (LbD) action model. You also have the opportunity to complete all your studies through real-life development projects.

4. At Laurea, you get high-quality services that support your studies

Our services ensure a smooth progress in your daily studies. We provide you with guidance and counselling in all matters related to your studies.

Learning by Developing (LbD)

At Laurea, learning is based on real-life work projects and development assignments. We build learning around a research- and development-oriented approach, which we call Learning by Developing (LbD).

Infographic of Laurea's Learning by developing model (LbD). The model will also be explained in the text.

At Laurea, students learn through research and investigation, reflection and joint development, carried out together with teachers and employers. By participating in development projects you can build your knowledge base, practise your skills, develop creative problem-solving methods and acquire the competence required in your profession. Active interaction with business and employers will help you establish valuable connections early on during your studies.

The LbD model is incorporated into all of our study methods. The model hinges on the idea that in addition to examining theoretical problems, students continuously seek solutions to real problems and situations arising at work. At Laurea, you get to work for real.

Laurea Strategy 2020

The strategic goal of Laurea University of Applied Sciences is to be an international developer of well-being and competitiveness in the metropolitan area in 2020. Our work as a university of applied sciences  (UAS) serving the needs of the area is characterised by our brand promise: together we are stronger — Laurea in Uusimaa region.

The framework for our strategy is laid down by global megatrends that we identified in joint collaboration with one another. The significance of people’s participation, changing knowledge and expertise, technologisation and globalisation affect the strategic choices of our institution.

Infographic of Laurea's strategy. Same information is presented in the text.

Strategy themes

  • Your UAS 

    Laurea is a choice for various stages of a lifelong journey where competence must be renewed and developed as the world changes.

    We are flexible and demanding: our students who are already working receive flexible, challenging and perspective-widening education while continuingtheir professional activities, and their background and previous competence supplement the interaction of the entire learner community. For young people enrolling straight after high school, we offer the possibility of connecting to international professional networks and makingtheir dream future come true with major experts from the field. We offer  a high-quality education and enable year-round learning together with our partners.

    We guide our students towards working life as responsible and ethical  experts with education and competence to consider the sustainability of solutions, strive for results, produce an impact and cultivate a desire and an ability to think in a human way.

    We meet our students here and now. We care. We meet at Laurea campuses in inspiring and modern learning environments. Online, we can be far fromeach other but still present, working on the same issue. All of our personnel produce high-quality student services. Student-centricity and the various study programmes are the core strength of the education we offer.

    At Laurea, the teacher embarks upon a journey with the student, guides,  instructs, encourages, advises and supports the student in professional growth. The teacher develops her own work and, together with the students, creates the foundation for new competence through research. The teacher understands the changes of working life, develops and maintains
    collaboration. The teacher is present.

    At Laurea, the student receives guidance for a lifelong  path that involves continuous renewal of competence and success in face of changes in work life.

  • UAS integrated with working life 

    Versatile and renewing working life is an opportunity for us. We want to challenge students to go outside of their comfort zone, at the core of learning and developing. 

    The professional experience emerging at Laurea is unique and responds to the needs of international working life. The Learning by Developing action model (LbD) guarantees a connection to working life and joint development over the course of one’s studies. The shared learning environments, combined with working life, offer experiences, spark creativity and foster curiosity, encouraging students to explore and develop.

    Globalisation opens doors. Laurea’s degree programmes are broad-scale and offer a competitive advantage. Our students graduate in an international world, where global interactions are a natural part of everyone’s work and studies. Technologisation changes work and working life, breaking the limits of time and space. It affects everyone and varies for individuals, companies, different fields and all sectors. Digital competence is a professional’s basic skill in all fields.

    Learning while sharing and improving together is our forte. We create future competence and build a sound working life together. The networks created du-ring one’s studies last long into the future. Working life collaboration, various entrepreneurship, competence and employer networks secure good employment and career development for the student.

  • The UAS of an entrepreneuring person 

    We are bold and creative. We want to participate in the first steps, development and growth of new companies originating at Laurea and born at Laurea.

    Laurea’s way is best described by an attitude of entrepreneurship, the will to do, experiment, learn and try as an individual and organisation.

    The competitiveness of Finland’s future requires strong exports, an inter-national outlook, growing SMEs and the start-up culture in the SME sector that produces these. This way we break away from the traditional concepts of entrepreneurship and professions. We develop diversified expertise for the needs of the future, producing work and entrepreneurship value for the society.

    Our activities accomplish an encouraging and experimenting atmosphere where the students become inspired by entrepreneurship. We support all students in learning the entrepreneur’s skills. Our systematic operating method serves as the start-up platform for our students and allows them to set up a company, develop a business and promote entrepreneurship.

    We offer support and services throughout the life cycle of the company, from small ideas to ownership or generation change.

  • The international UAS of applied research 

    Laurea is the most desired solution partner in Uusimaa in 2020. Applied research and development activities means building bridges between functions, expertise and competence in all areas. We strengthen the competitiveness of the global metropolitan area.

    Laurea’s applied research produces expertise, solutions and new business, promoting future well-being, security and international competitive advantage.

    Globalisation, technologisation and the related upheaval of the economy build a framework for the sources of competitive advantage and renewing working life creating a challenge for new types of competence and innovative solutions.

    We create solutions based on research data by carrying out practical research and development in selected strategic areas. These areas are based on anticipating future needs and identifying the present core strengths (figure). We provide our partners with a versatile, national and international network of partners. We educate top-level experts for the needs of society by getting students involved with genuine research, development and innovation pro-jects based on the Learning by Developing action model (LbD).

    Together with companies, public organisations and third-sector actors, we seek current and long-term challenges as areas of development. We respond quickly to the needs of our partners and students, combining various topics and methods, quickly finding solutions and creating and promoting competitive advantages. We use various methods to disseminate solutions so they can be used broadly. In our publications, we connect the results to the discussion of the research community and the everyday life of our partners.

  • A UAS that serves the region 

    We create a competitive future Finland with our partners. Uusimaa is the engine of this country, and Laurea serves the region better than any other institution.

    As Laurea, we are where expertise is needed – internationally in Uusimaa. The vitality of the region is made up of the actors' shared goals, and th-refore we participate in preparing and implementing regional strategies.

    Regional development means consistent interaction in the region, actively collaborating for the well-being of Uusimaa and its competitive ad-vantage. Laurea's partners include companies, public organisations and third-sector actors as well as labour and employer organisations.

    Our partners make extensive use of our expertise through the regional services we offer in Uusimaa. We work proactively with eyes on the future: we are bold and flexible enough to work in new situations. We have excellent regional services and close collaboration with the region.

    In regional development work, we take into consideration Uusimaa's special regional issues. The metropolitan area is becoming strongly internationalised through immigration and this represents a challenge to service development. Service formation enables the development of services outside of major population centres as well.

    Laurea's strategic collaboration with other education institutions and division of duties are organised jointly with other actors in the region. We work in close networks with our partner institutions. As part of the region's development, we create smooth paths from the secondary level to the tertiary level and provide extensive open UAS studies.

  • A responsible UAS 

    We want to do things better today than we did yesterday. Fruitful activities and a sound economy reflect our community's responsibility.

    Laurea uses natural resources with respect to the environment and works responsibly when using the resources of society. With its activities, Laurea promotes economically, socially and ecologically sustainable development.

    We want to increase people's ability to take personal responsibility for their lives and shared issues while supporting their active participation in society. In their studies, all students at Laurea participate in volunteer activities that support society and well-being.

    In the Laurea community, we respect diversity and all people. We promote health, well-being and safety with our activities in a way that also increases learning motivation and well-being at work.

    At Laurea, we work so that the resources of society are utilised optimally with respect to the learning of the students and the progress of their stu-dies. We develop and assess the quality and impact of our operations in a systematic way. Laurea works actively in order to create services that enable accessibility regardless of time and space.

  • A UAS that values the person 

    At Laurea, we listen to each other. We can respect each person as unique and value different competences. We want to be proud of our work and results.

    Laurea's activities are all based on sense of community, social responsibility and creativity. Laurean working and learning activities all consider sustainable and broadly accepted values.

    Well-being at work and trust capital form the foundation for the societal activities in higher education. With the Great Place to Work® method, we build a positive working and learning environment every day. Responsible, continuously developing management, encouraging supervision and working on things together help us attain our goals.

    The university community will only succeed by continuously developing higher education. Laurea's Ethical Code of Conduct guides us in the day-to-day life of the community and gives us a professional approach even in difficult situations, respecting one another. We respect learning as individuals and as a community in a decisive and bold way.

    With a higher education democracy, we want to make all voices heard in the community. Each of us will create a sense of trust, safety and enthusiasm in our encounters. A university of applied sciences that values people always begins from a human perspective. We want to foster a development, sharing and management culture that is fruitful, just, respectful and humane.

Quality management at Laurea

‚ÄčThe Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) conducted an audit of Laurea UAS in 2016 has awarded Laurea a quality label that is valid for six years from August 2016. The quality system of Laurea fulfills the criteria for the quality management of higher education institutions and corresponds to the European principles and recommendations.We are preparing for an international audit, that is going to be implemented in Spring 2022. 

FINEEC audited stamp.

Quality management is the foundation of Laurea's operations and a tool for continuous improvement. As different monitoring and development measures, it is linked to all operations of Laurea UAS and therefore a part of the management, strategic work and internal performance management of the organisation.

Laurea has engaged in persistent and goal-oriented development work.
In 2014, Laurea received the Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation (CeQuint).

Laurea has also been selected as a quality unit in the next FINHEEC quality unit evaluations, which is an indication of the quality culture at Laurea.

  • Quality unit education evaluation 2010 - 2012
  • Quality unit education evaluation 2008 - 2009
  • Regional development impact centre of excellence evaluation 2006 - 2007
  • Quality unit education evaluation 2004 - 2005
  • Regional development impact centre of excellence evaluation 2003 - 2004