Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences / Annual Report 2008

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1 Operating principle, vision and strategic objectives 5

2 Key data 2008 6

3 Metropolia operations in 2008 8

4 Report of the Board of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Oy / Ltd. 10

5 Financial statements for 2008 11

6 Student activities 13

7 Education 14

7.1 Technology:

Civil Engineering and Building Services 15

Industrial Production 16

Information and Communication Technology 17

7.2 Health Care and Social Services:

Welfare and Human Functioning 18

Health Care and Nursing 19

7.3 Culture:

Culture and Creative Industries 20

7.4 Economics and Business Administration:

Business School 21

8 Research and development 22

9 International activities 23

10 Organisation 24

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Oy / Ltd. Board of Directors 25 Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ Board of Directors 25

Metropolia’s Management Board 25


Operating principle,

vision and strategic objectives

Operating principle

As a learning environment, Metropolia fosters the know-how, creativity and well-being of its members. As a university of applied sciences, it focuses specifi cally on the positive development of the labour market, culture and social aspects of the Helsinki metropolitan area by providing training of high international standard and by producing practical innovations.

Vision for 2012

In terms of assessed quality, Metropolia will be Finland’s top university of applied sciences in terms of results and competitiveness. As a learning environment that combines labour market skills and higher education, Metropolia will train highly valued experts and meet the capital region’s challenges with an analytical and active approach – boldly and reliably.

Strategic objectives

1. The training and research and development will be of high international standard and carried out in cooperation with the labour market.

2. The learning and research and development will combine to create innovation, know-how and functional solutions that serve the metropolitan region, labour market and higher education.

3. Metropolia will provide major contributions to social, economic and cultural issues. 4. Metropolia will be an ever-developing place of study, a sought-after partner and reliable


5. Metropolia will always put the customer fi rst and operate with fi nancial and functional effi ciency.





Staff numbers: 1066

Technology 338

Health Care and Social Services 251 Administration and internal services 246

Culture 180

Economics and Business Administration 51

Age structure

26 - 35 16%

36 - 45 23%

46 - 55 36%

56 - 65 25%

Education Doctorate Licenciate Master’s Bachelor’s Other

qualifi cation Teachers % 12 12 67 4 5 Other staff % 3 2 28 21 46 Gender breakdown Men 41% Women 59%



Undergraduate education

Total number of students 11259

Technology 5741

Health Care and Social Services 3034

Culture 1652

Economics and Business Administration 832

Completed Bachelor’s degrees, total 1638

Technology 702

Health Care and Social Services 564

Culture 253

Economics and Business Administration 107 Degree programmes transferred to Laurea1) 12

Number of students: 14046

Includes both attending or non-attending students

Technology 6874

Health Care and Social Services 3803

Culture 2069

Economics and Business Administration 1300

Completed degrees 2189

Technology 846

Health Care and Social Services 767

Culture 373

Economics and Business Administration 186 Degree programmes

transferred to Laurea1) 17

Student intake, fi rst-choice applicants and attractiveness

Student intake* First-choice applicants* Attractiveness

2824 11819 4.2

Technology 1390 3958 2.8

Health Care and Social Services 890 4329 4.9

Culture 320 2308 7.2

Economics and Business Administration 224 1224 5.5

*) Student intake and fi rst-choice applicants for degree programmes beginning

in 2008, including non-Finnish-language undergraduate education.

1) As EVTEK University of Applied Sciences and Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia merged August 1, 2008, the degree programmes of Beauty and Cosmetics and Service Management were transferred to Laurea University of Applied Sciences.



Key data

Adult Education 2008

Student intake, fi rst-choice applicants and attractiveness

Student intake First-choice applicants Attractiveness

831 2147 2.6

Technology 295 688 2.3

Health Care and Social Services 225 824 3.7

Culture 161 395 2.5

Economics and Business Administration 130 240 1.8 Degree programmes transferred to Laurea 20 59 3.0

Total number of participants 570

Technology 277

Health Care and Social Services 149

Culture 75

Economics and Business Administration 69

Student intake All applicants Applicants / intake Technology 58 235 4,0

English-language Master’s degrees

Student intake, fi rst-choice applicants and attractiveness Total number of students 1935

Technology 821

Health Care and Social Services 464

Culture 332

Economics and Business Administration 318

Open UAS education

Specialised studies

Master’s degrees

Bachelor’s degree

Student intake, fi rst-choice applicants and attractiveness

Student intake First-choice applicants Attractiveness

142 263 1,9

Technology 25 16 0,6

Health Care and Social Services 57 171 3,0

Culture 35 40 1,1

Economics and Business Administration 25 36 1,4

Completed Bachelor’s degrees by degree programme 449

Technology 126

Health Care and Social Services 157

Culture 93

Economics and Business Administration 68 Degree programmes transferred to Laurea1) 5

Total number of students 404

Technology 130

Health Care and Social Services 136

Culture 54

Economics and Business Administration 84

Completed degrees 102

Technology 18

Health Care and Social Services 46

Culture 27

Economics and Business Administration 11

Total number of students 448

Technology 182

Health Care and Social Services 169

Culture 31

Economics and Business Administration 66

Total number of completed

specialisation studies 297

Technology 37

Health Care and Social Services 166

Culture 73

Economics and Business Administration 21

Total number of completed

credit points 1492

Technology 789

Health Care and Social Services 194

Culture 281


When Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences began operations on 1 August 2008, it marked an important milestone in the structural development of Finnish higher education. The decision to combine the operations of Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia and EVTEK University of Applied Sciences was made with the intention of creating a competitive and innovative institute of higher education by international standards to boost development in the capital region.

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is the biggest of its kind in Finland, with Metropolia’s technology students accounting for almost 20 per cent of university of applied sciences students in the country. Moreover, all but two health care and social services degree programmes are provided by Metropolia, with cultural degree programme of this level the most extensive in the country. The student intake for Business and Administration training was increased, giving a boost to create even better business expertise.

Today’s labour market requires professionals who have a solid grasp of their own fi eld and a practical, knowledge-based approach. At Metropolia, we respond to this challenge with modern curricula and learning environments, excellent staff and good networking with businesses. We integrate teaching with projects, enabling students to learn cooperation and development skills that are valued highly in the corporate context.

Metropolia started ten new extensive or multidisciplinary research and development projects in 2008 with external funding for such research and development projects amounting to about EUR 5 million, which is a good result for a new university of applied sciences. Metropolia boosted its research and development by becoming partners in two strategic high-technology clusters (TIVIT Oy, specialized in information and communication industry research and FIMECC Oy, experts in metal products and engineering).

Metropolia operations in


President’s and Managing Director’s review


The decision to combine the operations of Helsinki

Polytechnic Stadia and EVTEK University of Applied

Sciences was made with the intention of creating

a competitive and innovative institute of higher

education by international standards to boost


Metropolia places emphasis on international connections, being part of an extensive cooperation network that covers all continents. The students welcomed the wider network of partner universities with open arms, with more and more students applying for student exchange programmes. Metropolia is participating in a number of intensive courses - 22 in total – and cooperation projects that include short courses in mobility and internationalisation at home.

Development of the system of universities of applied sciences is still ongoing, Metropolia making partnership agreements with Häme, Lahti, and Laurea universities of applied sciences in 2008. The new Universities Act is under preparation and the Polytechnics Act is to be reviewed. These should be viewed as a whole, preserving the specifi c aspects of both higher education sectors, which would be a boost to Finland.

The preparation work for Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the starting of actual operations was a major challenge to our entire educational community. I would therefore like to express my deepest gratitude to the entire staff and students for their efforts in bringing out the change and for their fi ne approach in improving our operations further. I would also like to thank Metropolia’s owners, whose conviction and alacrity for important decisions has enabled Metropolia to begin operations as planned.

Riitta Konkola

President and Managing Director


Report of the Board

of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Oy / Ltd.

Report of the Board of Helsinki Metropolia

University of Applied Sciences Oy / Ltd.

In order to serve the labour market and business needs, as required by the owners, Metropolia must establish and maintain contacts with their local partners. To ensure that this happens, Metropolia’s internal board has solid external expertise, and each four faculty has its own advisory board composed of experts from stakeholder groups. However, the very core of Metropolia’s way of operating is that cooperation has been integrated into teaching and R&D. This is a policy which the Board has supported, giving full credit to the management and experts who have developed and implemented it.

Building a new university of applied sciences has required a lot of management and staff commitment, a huge amount of work and a substantial amount of funding from Metropolia. Indeed, Metropolia’s infrastructure has been practically rebuilt, requiring tens of new administrative arrangements, agreements, acquisitions and information systems. The owners gave their support for the good work done and decided to raise the company’s share capital to cover the expenses of one-off expenses.

The Board of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Oy / Ltd. wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Metropolia’s management, staff and student for their pioneering work. The staff have, even in the face of obstacles, got Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences off to a fl ying start. Creating the Metropolia brand has also been successful. The Board would also like to thank the Ministry of Education and all stakeholders who have contributed to Metropolia. And, most importantly, students rewarded all this work by sending in a fl ood of applications to Metropolia.

The shareholders in the company in charge of Metropolia consists of the capital region cities - Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen and the municipality of Kirkkonummi. Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy’s founders set a target that the merging of EVTEK University of Applied Sciences and Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia into Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences would result in a strong educational institution of high international standard. Special emphasis was placed on improving the capital region’s competitiveness and innovation expertise, fostering the region’s labour market and businesses and providing students with a wide selection of educational opportunities.

The Board has held on to these principles in creating the foundation for Metropolia’s operations. In 2008, the Board focused on getting everything running smoothly on 1 August 2008 and ensuring that operations were on a fi rm basis.

When preparing Metropolia’s organisation, the Board said it was in favour of a low and light expert organization. Metropolia decided to adopt this modern type of organisation that allows clear management practices with few hierarchies. The degree programmes have been organised into seven clusters that have an important operational and administrational role. Once the organisation model had been approved, the Board appointed the senior management, while the Rector appointed the heads of the clusters to put the organisation into practice. These appointments have turned out to be successful ones.

The staff of EVTEK and Stadia, a total of 1,000, joined Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences as agreed under similar principles as with business transfers, with practical arrangements agreed on jointly with the employees.

Arvo Jäppinen

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Special emphasis was placed on improving the

capital region’s competitiveness and innovation

expertise, fostering the region’s labour market and

businesses and providing students with a wide


Financial statement for 2008

Financial Statement for


Financial result

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences made a good fi nancial result. Thanks to a one-off VAT refund of EUR 3.1 million, Metropolia’s profi ts rose to EUR 6.2 million. This gives fi nancial fl exibility and enables us to develop Metropolia further.

Net sales and other operating income total EUR 47.8 million. Statutory Government fi nancing included in the net sales to-talled EUR 36.8 million (77% of total profi ts), while fi nancing provided by the owners accounted for EUR 4.5 million (9% of total profi ts).

The total costs were EUR 41.8 million, of which personnel costs accounted for EUR 26.2 million (63% of total costs).

Operating premises

Metropolia operates from 21 rented premises. Costs from operating premises and property were EUR 6.3 million (15% of total costs). The preparations con-tinued during the entire year to complete a strategy for the use of operating premises. The target is to increase the occupancy rate of the premises and to reduce the network to 3–5 campuses, which would create synergy benefi ts and improve effi ciency of the properties and consequently economic effi ciency.


Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences employed 1,066 people and the end of 2008, of which 713 were teaching staff and 353 support staff. Metropolia will face a challenge, as an operating benefi t for rent and VAT will be reduced in 2011. A careful start and fi nancial statements fi rmly in the black will allow for some fl exibility in the coming years.

Financial year 1 January–31 December 2008

INCOME STATEMENT 1 Jan–31 Dec 2008 31 Jan–31 Dec 2007

NET SALES 47,493,522.77 0.00

Other operating income 337,316.20

Materials and services -1,573,946.62 -309,288.05

Personnel costs

Wages and salaries -21,625,655.57 -89 924.21

Social security costs

Pension costs -3,334,032.31 -12,819,20

Other social security costs -1,218,797.14 -4,517.34

Total -26,178,485.02 -107,260.75

Depreciation and impairments

Planned amortisation/depreciation -2,228,035.15 -5,824.40

Other operating expenses -11,805,410.23 -25,412.55

OPERATING PROFIT/LOSS FOR THE FINANCIAL PERIOD 6,044,961.95 -447,785.75 Finance income and expenses

Interest and fi nance expenses 260,338.74 26,696.97

Interest expenses and other fi nance expenses -62,543,33

Total fi nance income and expenses 197,795.41 26,696.97


Financial statement for


Statutory Government fi nancing ~78 % Discretionary Government fi nancing 1 % Other fi nancing 4 % Owner fi nancing 9 %

EU, ESR, Tekes and T&E fi nancing 1 %

Govt. VAT refund 6 % Govt. project fi nancing 1 %

Sources of fi nancing 2008

Staff costs 63 % Depreciation 5 % Property expenses 15 % Other expenses 13 % Materials 2 % Services 2 %

Expenses 2008

BALANCE SHEET 31 Dec 2008 31 Dec 2007 ASSETS

Fixed assets

Intangible assets

Immaterial rights 122,682.75 0,00

Other long-term expenditure 1,888,502.58 142 201.84

Total intangible assets 2,011,185.33 142,201.84

Property, plant and equipment (PPE)

Machinery and equipment 5,239,301.36 48 349.80

Other PPE 176,434.92 0.00

Total property, plant and equipment (PPE) 5,415,736.28 48,349.80


Shares 60,886.58 0.00

TOTAL FIXED ASSETS 7,487,808.19 190,551.64

Current assets Long-term receivables

Other receivables 12,484.07 0.00

Accrued income 79,483.70 0.00

Total long-term receivables 91,967.77 0.00

Short-term receivables

Accounts receivable 1,234,221.52 0.00

Other receivables 5,709.39 35,230.40

Accrued income 1,054,692.28 0.00

Total short-term receivables 2,294,623.19 35,230.40

Cash and bank receivables 11,314,766.67 1,368,180.18

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 13,701,357.63 1,403,410.58 TOTAL ASSETS 21,189,165.82 1,593,962.22

LIABILITIES Equity capital

Shareholders’ capital 4,500,000.00 1,800,000,00

Profi t/loss from previous fi nancial years -421,088.78 0.00

Profi t/loss for fi nancial year 6,242,757.36 -421,088.78

Total equity capital 10,321,668.58 1,378,911.22

Long-term liabilities 15,454.31 0.00

Short-term liabilities

Accounts payable 2,352,863.67 192,587.30

Other liabilities 1,631,534.56 17,257,59

Accrued liabilities 6,867,644.70 5,206.11

Total long-term liabilities 10,852,042.93 215,051.00

TOTAL LIABILITIES 10,867,497.24 215,051.00 TOTAL 21,189,165.82 1,593,962.22



promotes student interests

Student Activities

EVTEK University of Applied Sciences’ student union called Kolmirauta and Helsinki Polytechnic Students’ Union HAMOK founded Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ student union called METKA to look after student interests at Metropolia.

METKA not only looks after the student interests but also provides services and information, and cooperate with Metropolia in the development of training and systems, and student counselling.

Spring 2008 was spent in busy preparation for Metropolia’s launch, merging functions, choosing a name and logo, amending regulations, preparing personnel solutions and the transfer to a new operating environment. Both Kolmirauta and HAMOK continued to operate as usual during the spring, while the new union was making decisions and plans for the autumn.

When Metropolia kicked off on 1 August 2008, METKA provided all students – old and new – with an information package about Metropolia.

In the early stages of the academic year, when the study environment was still in the middle of change and functions were not fully established, the union was in a key position to bring the views of both old and new students to the attention of Metropolia’s administration.

And on 24 September 2008, at the end of a theme week on safety and wellbeing, the union organised MetroSport, a sports event for students and staff alive, which was spent in high spirits and sunny weather.

METKA not only looks after the

student interests but also provides

services and information, and

cooperate with Metropolia in

the development of training and

systems, and student counselling.

Matti Saloranta




and Transport

Civil Engineering and

Building Services

Degree programmes

Bachelor’s degrees:

- Building Services Engineering

- Civil Engineering

- Construction Management

- Surveying

Master’s degrees:

- Construction







Staff: 44

Students: 1,490


Education; Technology and Transport

Civil Engineering

and Building Services

With the launch of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland saw the fi rst higher education unit that provides training of all aspects of construction and real estate management, creating excellent conditions for the development and implementation of training in the fi eld and related business-oriented activities. The operating conditions will be improved even further in a few years’ time when the unit in its entirety will move to joint premises.

The unit’s mission is to train experts for the management of the entire built environment jointly with local businesses and organisations through high-quality training and active participation in research and development projects. The Civil Engineering degree programme has successfully for almost 15 years carried out business-oriented projects that are part of each student’s degree, and these will in future be developed and implemented in all degree programmes as innovation projects, with the ultimate objective of utilising Metropolia’s extensive know-how and expanding the projects across different fi elds of study, taking into account the needs of the stakeholder groups. By means of the innovation projects, studies will partly be transferred into a genuine business environment, helping students create their own networks already during their studies.

In renovation, the Construction and Real Estate Management cluster is participating in the initial stages of a project

coordinated by Helsinki University of Technology’s Institute of Building Services Technology, the purpose of which is the creation of a nationwide renovation know-how and training network, and the development and implementation of further education. The cluster intends to take an active interest in this project. Moreover, we intend to participate in the preparation of RYM-SHOK, a cluster of built environment experts, should it be launched in 2009.

The cluster has looked into ways of improving research and development in the construction sector. The degree programmes have been organised to include more people with a research background in the fi elds of civil engineering, building services engineering, construction economics, construction information technology and pedagogy. The recession in construction and real estate management will bring major challenges and possibly also new opportunities to increase research and technology activities in the coming years.

In autumn 2008, Metropolia started the third English-language Master’s programme in Construction and Real Estate Management jointly with FHTW-Berlin, attracting students from six countries. Discussions have also been entered on starting an English-language Bachelor’s degree programme in construction. The Construction and Real Estate Management cluster is preparing to participate in construction cooperation in the St. Petersburg region in an effort to promote

construction exports to Finland’s neighbouring areas.

Jukka Nivala





The objectives of the fi rst year of operation for Industrial

Production were to start up basic operations, utilise synergy benefi ts and to continue and develop R&D operations. Thanks to our excellent staff with a strong feeling of responsibility, we managed to get over the diffi cult change. The new English-language environmental engineering degree programme got off to a good start with no major problems. Other new students have also adopted Metropolia’s educational culture well. Some of the degree programmes implemented practical projects for students under the CDIO (or, Conceive–Design–Implement– Operate) model already in the autumn.

One of the synergy benefi ts achieved was when it was possible do away with overlapping courses in electrical engineering, electronics and automation engineering. Moreover, the Myyrmäki campus laboratories provided many opportunities to give an extra boost to the degree programmes.

Industrial Production has carried out active research and development with good results. The operation of Radio Frequency Identifi cation RFID Lab, operating in Electria, electronics training and test facility, near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, was put on a fi rmer basis when an assosiation was founded to help run it. The Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation has been supporting a project concerning wireless data transfer and sensors, and this received a boost with the establishment of Sensor Center Ltd. Most of the new R&D projects are multidisciplinary; they involve more than one degree programme and are closely integrated into teaching. Thanks to the active participation of the staff of the School of Industrial Production, internal organisation was improved, problem areas identifi ed and now operating procedures discovered. The staff see a genuine multidisciplinary approach and increased international connections as a positive challenge brought in Metropolia’s wake.

Risto Salminen


Change resulted in good synergy benefi ts



and Transport

Industrial Production

Degree programmes

Bachelor’s degrees:

- Automotive and Transport Engineering

- Automation Engineering

- Biotechnology and Food Engineering

- Chemical engineering

- Electrical Engineering

- Electronics

- Environmental Engineering (in English)

- Laboratory Sciences

- Materials Technology

- Mechanical Engineering

Master’s degrees:

- Automation Technology

Staff: 158

Students: 2,573



and Communication Technology

The mission of the Information and Communication

Technology cluster is to provide degree studies and further education, and to engage in research and development which will also support learning and teaching in the fi eld. The cornerstones in our operations are information technology, media engineering and industrial management. Our prime objective in 2008 was to build a new operating environment and to unify EVTEK’s and Stadia’s degree programmes.

We offer six Bachelor’s and two Master’s degree programmes, with Medical Engineering now provided for the fi rst time. Its mission is to train engineers that can apply information technology for the benefi t of people’s welfare.

At the beginning of the academic year, we adopted new curricula based on the CDIO (or, Conceive–Design– Implement–Operate) model to improve project learning and to integrate different areas of study.

R&D has focused on learning technologies (Knowledge Practices Laboratory project), mobile applications,

Renewing businesses through work-oriented cooperation

Degree programmes

Bachelor’s degrees:

- Health Informatics

- Information Technology (in Finnish and

in English)

- Industrial Management

- Media Engineering

- Media Technology

Master’s degrees:

- Industrial Management

- Information Technology

Staff: 136

Students: 2,811

digital media applications, print quality and graphical measurement services, environmental issues related to the graphics industry, and corporate reform and innovation management research. The funding has been obtained from public bodies (EU and TEKES, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and from businesses. The Media Engineering degree programme created an innovation platform called Rikasmediavirta ( ), the purpose of which is to develop operating practices to incorporate business projects into the studies.

The cluster is very international and cross-cultural, thanks to four English-language degree programmes, which has also attracted many foreign exchange student. On the international scene, we have also participated in Intensive Programmes, which are of short duration, and programmes to develop information technology curricula. Outside Europe, we have had contacts with China, Japan and Korea through trainee exchange. Moreover, the Industrial Management degree programme also had contacts with South Africa.

Seija Ristimäki




and Transport

Information and Communication




and Human Functioning

Johanna Holvikivi


The Welfare and Human Functioning cluster develops learning and learning concepts from the viewpoint of the community providing care. Learning relies on a foundation of close cooperation within various networks and degree programme’s business connections.

We contribute to the promotion of an active and meaningful old age by training more eldercare providers.

We began to offer a new Master’s degree in rehabilitation with the purpose of improving a multidisciplinary approach, interaction between individual and community, and encouraging customers to take an active part in the rehabilitation. The challenges posed by multiculturalism are tackled as part of the training and through various projects. Creating the training structure into a living network is a challenge which we are striving at by creating an active learning environment.

The Welfare and Human Functioning cluster has focused on increasing expertise concerning immigrants, the ageing population, entrepreneurship and services, keeping abreast of the latest developments, and changing work cultures. The cluster has also tried to meet the challenges of improving multidisciplinary methods for the rehabilitation and everyday lives of children.

Positia, a new unit providing wellbeing services, has broadened its operations as a teaching, research and service centre. The adoption of wellbeing technology opportunities has been done in cooperation with other Metropolia degree programmes and


Health Care and



Welfare and Human Functioning

Promotion of social participation and communality for the improvement of welfare and human functioning

Degree programmes

Bachelor’s degrees:

- Dental technology

- Geriatric Care

- Occupational Therapy

- Optometry

- Orthotics and prosthetics

- Osteopathy

- Physiotherapy

- Podiatry-

- Social Services (in Finnish and in English)

Master’s degrees:

- Rehabilitation

- Social Services

Staff: 105

Students: 1,532

local developers in order that future conditions would be ideal both within the social and health care contexts and at home. We have been keeping abreast of international developments by taking part in meetings and activities of key international partners. Our students have many opportunities for international exchange programmes all over the world, and may also take part in the Erasmus Intensive Programme during their studies. The cluster also takes part in two projects that relate to Russia, Developing Capability and Prosthetic Education for the Russian Federation and EHORP Enchancing Expertise in Health Promotion and Occupational Health within Rehabilitation Professionals.

The cluster takes part in a number of projects and engages in various activities in the metropolitan region in order to improve local welfare and human functioning. The Collaborative Intensity project is building a partnership model in cooperation with the city of Espoo. We also cooperate with SOCCA, the Centre of Expertise on Social Welfare in Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Our optometry degree programme specialises in contact lenses, benefi ting local businesses. Our early childhood education is working in cooperation with the day care providers of the city of Helsinki. The Assistive Technology, Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) project in cooperation with the Communication and Technology Centre (Tikoteekki) is an international cooperation project. Moreover, our cultural experts produce new expertise to promote wellbeing, with the objective of developing learning and expertise for the genuine benefi t of our customers.



Health Care and



Health Care and Nursing

Health Care

and Nursing

The Faculty of Health Care and Nursing trains experts for the promotion of health, and the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of diseases for the needs of especially the capital region but also the rest of the country. Since autumn 2008, the nursing degree programmes – which we have been running for many years – along with emergency care and special care experts produce more and more research-based expertise and a more positive impact on health care service chains. Working procedures and processes are developed in cooperation with health care, educational and school authorities and with other universities, research institutions and the third sector. The unit also provides an English-language degree programme and Master’s degree programmes. International operations and strong mobility are boosted with a new action programme.

The unit is known for its extensive and specifi c health care expertise, highly qualifi ed staff, long-term development plans and cooperation networks, and good working life connections. The degree

programmes are year after year attractive choices, the graduation rate is high, and the graduates’ employment percentage is excellent. Working in teams is aided and learning results boosted by a competence-based curriculum, sophisticated competence charts developed in the unit, and a competence management model. Four new competence teams, serving the entire unit, were started up under Health Care and Nursing:

- Quality of teaching - Research and development - Business and corporate services - Wellbeing of work community.

The teams have a joint objective of integrating expertise and teaching, R&D and business and corporate services so that they fulfi l Metropolia’s mission effectively and promote a human-oriented future that is central to health care values. This work is done in a collaborative way, encouraging active participation. On a practical level, the unit has plans in place to start a competence centre based on practical work competence, and has taken measures to improve its profi le. The teams consist of teachers, other staff, and students. Health Care and Nursing and its background organisations form a wide network, and include projects which are integrated into the learning environment. In 2008 there were almost 30 multidisciplinary projects either running or in preparation. The primary sources of fi nance were the European Social Fund (ESR), Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Education and Nordplus. Ongoing R&D operations were divided into four categories:

1) Health promotion and early support 2) Staff expertise and management

3) Service chains and related operating models 4) Learning in the health care and nursing sector.

New training and labour market joint projects that were started in 2008 focused, for example, on sexual and reproductive health. The joint project called Collaborative Intensity between Health Care and Nursing and the city of Espoo will eventually also extend to other parts of Metropolia.

Business and corporate services offer not only traditional further education and open UAS education but also training programmes and apprenticeship-type further education. The unit also operates the awarded Oral Hygiene teaching clinic.

Elina Eriksson


Research-based basic and special expertise for health care services

Degree programmes

Bachelor’s degrees:

- Biomedical Laboratory Science

- Emergency Care

- Nursing:

- Nursing

- Public Health Nursing

- Midwifery

- Nursing (in English)

- Oral Hygiene

- Radiography and Radiotherapy

Master’s degrees:

- Development and Leadership in Health Care

and Social Services

- Health Promotion

Staff: 146

Students: 2,271



and Creative Industries



Culture and Creative Industries

The establishment of Metropolia market the creation of Finland’s biggest and most comprehensive higher education institude providing education in culture and the creative industries. It is also Metropolia’s largest unit in terms of number of staff and budget. The merger has opened up quite new opportunities for culture training and business-oriented cooperation. The nine Bachelor’s degree programmes produce not only culture, communication, design and art professionals, but many graduates also fi nd employment in the fi elds of the information industry, service design and welfare services. The Culture cluster also offers four Master’s degrees, enabling graduates to aim for a wider variety of – and more demanding – positions.

Metropolia’s Culture degree programmes have a good reputation in Finland, boasting some of the highest application fi gures. What is more, few graduates fail to land jobs in their own fi eld. The high quality of the students is also a major resource in the cluster. As part of their studies, the students use their talent to create expertise, art, experiences, feelings of togetherness, multidisciplinary experiments, innovation and creative solutions in the capital region. Thanks to its size and considerable course offering, the cluster is able to boost the capital region’s competitiveness, attractiveness and wellbeing arising from cultural values. Metropolia is a key player and pathfi nder in Finland in the creative industry. The culture cluster’s research and development and regional development projects are a key part of its basic mission and

positive image. Individual students or groups of students take an active development role in such projects, but at the same time, as a training organisation, Metropolia learns something new all the time. The operating models and business concepts piloted in research and projects will also be included, whenever feasible, as part of basic studies and further education offering. The Culture cluster has profi led itself in Metropolia as a special expert in major projects funded by the EU, some of which currently include cultural export, prediction, media education, applied music education, urban environment, social media, immigrants’ training model, and design development projects. Metropolia’s development partners often include the city of Helsinki and the three capital region municipalities – Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen – and the local art institutions and museums.

The environment in which Metropolia and other universities of applied sciences operate is under some serious challenges, as cultural funding has already suffered some cuts. Predictions on the need of labour in the cultural sector are often contradictory and do not take into consideration the special status of the capital region when it comes to the creation of new kinds of jobs, employment and the growth of the youngsters’ age group. All the arts universities, national arts organisations, research institutions and other actors operate in the capital region, so the positive public image and good reputation of Metropolia’s Culture unit in such prestigious company is a sign of very high quality.

Tuire Ranta-Meyer


A good reputation is a sign of high quality

Degree programmes

Bachelor’s degrees:

- Media

- 3D Animation and Visualisation







- Film and Television

- Conservation

- Cultural Management Design

- Fashion Design

- Industrial Design

- Interior Design

- Textile Design

- Fashion and Clothing

- Performing Arts

- Live Performance Technology

- Theatre and Drama

- Music




- Classical Music Education

- Pop and Jazz Music

- Pop and Jazz Music

- Pop and Jazz Music Education

Master’s degrees:

- Conservation

- Cultural Management

- Media Production

- Music

- Pop and Jazz Music

Staff: 180

Students: 2069



Economics and



Business School

The defi nition of Metropolia’s mission was one of the driving forces of the Business School in 2008. We have been developing a cost-effective operating model in order to offer business expertise for the purposes of other fi elds of study and research and development. We have tried to do our part to make Metropolia’s fi nancial and administrative solutions support its mission.

The Business School has profi led itself with high-quality contact teaching. By this we mean that our students have teachers that are enthusiastic about their work, and together create an encouraging atmosphere for good learning experiences. We have started development projects to promote the use of a number of different teaching methods and the sharing of good practices among teachers.

Metropolia’s Business School continues to be a unit with a strong international fl avour. The new English-language degree programme has increased synergies between Finnish-language degree programmes and dual degrees. The mobility of both students and teachers between Finnish- and English-language teaching has increased. International mobility has increased, too: the number of students going to study abroad or arriving in Finland is considerable, and the number of teachers doing the same is also increasing. The debate on dual degrees has been opened at Master’s level, and dual degrees for Bachelor´s level are developed, for example, by renewing the partner network.

Sinimaaria Ranki




Metropolia’s Business School – a unit with a strong international fl avour

Degree programmes

Bachelor’s degrees:

- Economics and Business Administration

- European Management

- European Business Administration

- International Business and Logistics

Master’s degrees:

- Entrepreneurship and Business Competencies

Staff: 51

Students: 1,300


Research and development


and development

Metropolia’s Research and Development Strategy was completed

in May 2008 with the following areas of focus:

• Clean technology that saves energy and the environment • Intelligent systems and services

• Innovative and reporting infrastructure of the Metropolitan Area • Service business models, service models and operating concepts • Effect and quality of methods and processes

• Learning technology and the digital media • Prediction of professional image changes.

The business aspect is present in all areas of focus. Metropolia’s R&D principles include that R&D is integrated with teaching. The clusters and degree programmes are in charge of the teaching and R&D planning, implementation and development of content. The R&D Development Services unit offers the clusters support and guidance in the planning stage of R&D projects in terms of securing funding, interpretation of fi nancing terms, negotiations and applications and the preparation of various R&D project agreements.

Metropolia’s research and development makes use of expertise in a number of fi elds, also breaking traditional boundaries betweed different fi elds of study, as practical ways are found to develop new products and equipment, operating models and processes and services, in addition to improving existing ones. Key projects of 2008 included Urban parenthood, Enhancing Expertise in Health Promotion and Occupational Health within Rehabilitation Professionals (EHORP), mobile laboratory projects and the Anturikeskus Sensor Center project.

Research and development also aims for more extensive creation and utilisation of international networks. International research and development projects have included the KP-Lab project receiving funding from EU’s R&D Framework Programme;

Close cooperation with businesses creates new valuable expertise and information

Metropolia’s R&D work serves the needs of

the labour market, regional development and

Metropolia itself.

Evidence Based Quality in Radiographic Imaging, a Nordic project receiving funding from the Norwegian Centre of International Co-operation and Higher Education (SIU); and the EHORP Enchancing Expertice in Health Promotion and Occupational Health with Rehabilitation Professionals project, funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and a St. Petersburg university. Metropolia’s R&D work serves the needs of the labour market, regional development and Metropolia itself. The emphasis is on applied R&D, on development work that serves the stakeholders and on putting the research results into practice. Development and innovation clusters have been created either within Metropolia clusters and between them, engaging in active cooperation with the local businesses and the labour market. For example, the innovation platform Rikasmediavirta (www. ) was launched in 2008.

The results create new innovation, that is, new information and expertise that can be utilised commercially or socially. Metropolia has launched a specifi c TULI – from Bench to Business project, the purpose of which is to promote the commercialisation of R&D results and to create a more stable operating model for utilisation. Utilisation of R&D results is promoted by means of a range of high-quality publications.

Metropolia extensive and multidisciplinary innovative and business-oriented research and development leads to more and more productive research and development projects, creating more information and expertise, new technologies and operating procedures and a tighter network of experts in the capital region and also elsewhere in Finland. The effects of networking in particular are important in terms of Metropolia’s mission of regional development, because the best way to spread expertise, information and innovation spread is through cooperation.




International activities

International exchanges

For Metropolia to be truly international, both the curricula and degree programmes must be international, students and personnel must be mobile, not forgetting internationalisation at home. The promotion of internationalism requires cooperation between numerous parties. The Ministry of Education’s internationalisation strategy and Metropolia’s performance agreement create the framework for the improvement of internationalism.

Metropolia’s internationalism is visible not only in its operations but also its vision and specifi c strategies. The cluster’s strategies have high objectives in terms of internationalism. The actual international work is realised in the degree programmes and support services to international issues by making use of each other’s expertise, experience and contacts.

Metropolia has an extensive and steadily improving international cooperation network

When Metropolia launched its international operations, it already had an extensive contact network and a huge amount of international experience in a number of fi elds. The clusters and degree programme carry out international work in cooperation with international affairs’ support services, which support the clusters and degree programmes by providing the framework for such operations. It is important that all Metropolia students receive the same potential for internationalism. Cooperation continues in the assessment, maintenance and development of the partner university network.

Metropolia students have welcomed the wider partner network with open arms, witnessed in already the fi rst year of operation by a higher interest in student exchange. Exchange students to Metropolia have also benefi ted from a larger university of applied sciences. The student union METKA has been able to channel its resources for the common benefi t.

For Metropolia to be truly international, both

the curricula and degree programmes must be

international, students and personnel must be

mobile, not forgetting internationalisation at


Student and trainee exchanges

From Finland to abroad, at least 3 months 294 From Finland to abroad, less than 3 months 279 From abroad to Finland, at least 3 months 259 From abroad to Finland, less than 3 months 87

Teacher and expert exchange

From Finland to abroad, at least 1 months 2 From Finland to abroad, less than 1 months 263 From abroad to Finland, at least 1 months 2 From abroad to Finland, less than 1 months 135



Director Seija Ristimäki Information and Communica-tion Technology Director Risto Salminen Industrial Production Director Jukka Nivala Civil Engineering and Building Services Director Johanna Holvikivi Welfare and Human Functioning Director Elina Eriksson Health Care and Nursing Director Sinimaaria Ranki Business School Director Tuire Ranta-Meyer Culture and Creative Industries - Development of Working Life Services and R&D - International Relations Services - Library and Information Services

Director of Finance and Administration

Jorma Uusitalo

Financial and Administrative Services

Director of Personnel Administration

Pekka Laaksonen Personnel Services

Chief Information Offi cer

Tuomo Rintamäki IT Services


Martti Lahti

Communications and Marketing

Board of Directors President

Riitta Konkola

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Clusters Support Services

Vice President

Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen

- R&R Development Services - Services for Strategic Planning - Student Affairs


Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences’ Board of Director


Riitta Konkola, President

Management representatives

Johanna Holvikivi, Director Sinimaaria Ranki, Director

Full-time staff representatives

Nina Hyvönen, Leading Information Specialist Maija Lehtinen, Real Estate Manager

Full-time lecturer representatives

Riitta Lehtinen, Principal Lecturer Riitta Lumme, Principal Lecturer

Full-time student representatives

Mirva Jumppanen Mikael Suomalainen

Business representatives

Jussi Karinen, Managing Director of Protab Oy Riitta Kalin, Managing Director of Leada Oy

Riitta Seppänen-Järvelä, Research Manager, the National Institute for Health and Welfare Jaakko Heikkilä, Managing Director of Ramboll Finland Oy

Management Board

Riitta Konkola, President and Managing Director Lea Ryynänen-Karjalainen, Vice President

Jorma Uusitalo, Director, Finance and Administration Elina Eriksson, Director, Health Care and Nursing

Johanna Holvikivi, Director, Welfare and Human Functioning Jukka Nivala, Director, Civil Engineering and Building Services Sinimaaria Ranki, Director, Business School

Tuire Ranta-Meyer, Director, Culture and Creative Industries

Seija Ristimäki, Director, Information and Communication Technology Risto Salminen, Director, Industrial Production

Pekka Laaksonen, Director, Personnel Administration Martti Lahti, Director, Communications and Marketing Tuomo Rintamäki, Chief Information Offi cer

Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Oy / Ltd.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Arvo Jäppinen, former Director-General at the Ministry of Education

Vice Chairman

Yrjö Neuvo, Professor

Vice Chairman

Aulis Pitkälä, Director of Education and Culture in the City of Espoo


Tuula Haatainen

Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki Martti Lipponen

Deputy Mayor of the City of Vantaa Markku Multanen

Rector, Kirkkonummi Tuula Saxholm

Budget Director, Helsinki Elina Lehto-Häggroth

Deputy Mayor of the City of Vantaa (as of 26 May 2008) Reijo Tuori

Director of Finance of the City of Espoo, Espoo (until 26 May 2008) Riitta Konkola

Managing Director, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Jorma Uusitalo

Secreretary of the Board of Directors

Director, Finance and Administration, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences


Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Bulevardi 31 (P.O. Box 4000)

FI-00180 Helsinki, Finland (FI-00079 Metropolia) Tel. +358 20 783 5000

Fax + 358 20 783 5005





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