Xamk’s quality system was audited by The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) and was awarded a quality label that will be valid until 2027. Also, Xamk was added to the Audit Register for Higher Education Institutions. https://karvi.fi/en/higher-education/audit-register/
The purpose of the audit is to ensure that Xamk complies with national quality assurance criteria and general European guidelines.
The audit team gave Xamk excellent scores on the management of the quality system, staff’s development and wellbeing enhancement programs, and the applicability and development of the quality system.
Audit of Xamk
Xamk passed the FINEEC audit in 2021. Xamk has a strong role as a regional developer, and its strengths include agility in addressing areas of development and the use of a quality system a basis for constant improvement of operations. All Xamk’s objectives of regional impact are supported by a uniform organisational culture created after the merger of Kyamk and Mamk. In addition, Xamk’s quality system is strongly linked to its strategic goals, and the data produced by the system is diversely used in the management and development of operations. As for degree programme curricula, the strengths at Xamk include connections with the world of work, extensive opportunities for continuous learning, diverse learning environments and extensive student support and wellbeing services.
Xamk received excellent scores in the assessment category of development and wellbeing in an institution of higher education where the targets of assessment comprise the management of the quality system, support of staff’s professional development and wellbeing and the development of the quality system.
The audit was carried out by an external group of experts appointed by FINEEC. Also, representatives of Xamk’s staff, students and stakeholders participated in the evaluation of operations.
The full audit report is available in Finnish on the web site of the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre, and the abstract of the report is available in English.
OTHER EXTERNAL EVALUATIONS
In addition to the FINEEC audit, we also participate in other external quality evaluations. For example, some of our laboratories are accredited. In addition, success in externally evaluated and managed project and thesis competitions is a good indicator of Xamk quality.
Thematic and system evaluations
Xamk has participated in thematic and system evaluations arranged by FINEEC. More information is available at https://karvi.fi/en/higher-education/thematic-and-system-evaluations/.
Evaluation of education in the maritime sector
Finnish Education Evaluation Centre has evaluated the quality management of the maritime education at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences 2022.
The evaluation was carried out by an evaluation team appointed by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. It focused on assessing whether the quality management of the maritime education at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is compliant with the requirements of the STCW Convention.
Based on the evaluation, the maritime education provided by South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is compliant with the requirements of STCW A-I/8.
FINAS accreditation services have accredited KymiLabs. KymiLabs carries out emission and concrete testing and provides CE marking services. More information on KymiLabs accreditation is available here.