The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre FINEEC conducts audits of Finnish universities. In an audit, the quality system the university has developed from its own needs and goals is evaluated. The audits assess how well the quality system meets the strategic and operational management needs of the university as well as how comprehensive and effective the quality management of the basic duties of the higher education institution (HEI) is.
Xamk was established when Kymenlaakso and Mikkeli universities of applied sciences merged in the beginning of 2017. The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre conducted an audit of both universities 2012 vs. 2013 and awarded the institutions with a quality label.
HEIs with valid audit labels are listed in the FINEEC audit register.
Xamk audit 2020
The quality systen of Xamk is audited by Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) for the first time in 2020. FINEEC conducts this audit according to its audit manual for HEIs 2018 – 2014.
FINEEC audits are enhancement-led evaluations that are involving and interactive. The goal is to help HEIs to see their strengths, weaknesses and development targets. The audit aims at answering the following questions:
- Does Xamk quality work meet the European quality assurance standards?
- Does Xamk quality system produce relevant information in terms of operations development?
- Does the audit result in impactful development measures?
In addition to Xamk staff, also our students and stakeholders participate in the audit implementation. More information on the FINEEC audit model is available at https://karvi.fi/app/uploads/2015/02/KARVI_0215.pdf
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.
FINAS accreditation services accredited KymiLabs on 10 November 2017, and the accreditation is valid until 13 December 2021. KymiLabs carries out emission and concrete testing and provides CE marking services. This accreditation guarantees that KymiLab services meet the T197/SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard requirements.
More information on KymiLabs accreditation is available here.