Arcada has five departments and a unit for contract education and continuing learning. In addition, there are support and guidance services and administrative units as well as the university's joint financial management.
Here you can read more about Arcada's organisation, our units and departments.
An overview of Arcada's organisational governance and structure
The Board of Arcada University of Applied Sciences Ltd. is responsible for the administration of the university and the appropriate organisation of its operational activities. It also makes sure that the university’s accounting is appropriately organised. The Board is responsible for and supervises the administration of property and investments for the university.
The Board’s tasks include steering and supervising the university’s operational management, appointing and dismissing the rector (the managing director), approving and supervising the application of the university’s strategy, approving the principles of risk management and assuring the continuity of the management system. The Board summons the annual general meeting and submits proposals for resolutions, which should be compatible with the Universities Act and the Limited Liability Companies Act, as well as the articles of association.
In all its activities, the Board observes current legislation, the articles of association, the university’s instructions and the Finnish Corporate Governance Code.
The Board generally convenes 6-7 times per year. The Board has a quorum when more than half of the members are present.
The university’s rector/managing director presents matters for consideration to board meetings. The university’s chief legal officer acts as the secretary of the Board.
Election of Board Members
The university Board consists of a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine members. Two members are appointed by the university community, one from among the staff and one from the students.
The remuneration of the members of the board is established during the annual general meeting. Information on remuneration paid to the members of the board is set out in the annual accounts of Arcada University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
The composition of the Board of Arcada University of Applied Sciences Ltd.
- Marcus Rantala, chairperson (entrepreneur)
- Alexander Bargum (CEO)
- Frej Vuori (student)
- Gyöngyi Kovács (Professor)
- Ira Jeglinsky-Kankainen (Principal Lecturer)
- Johan Johansson (Director)
- Nina Lindfors (Head of teaching and research)
- Per Nilsson (Rector)
- Sebastian Nyström (Chief Transformation Officer)
Administrative and HR Director Susanne Homén-Lindberg acts as secretary to the Board.
Arcada has a rector, who simultaneously functions as managing director of Arcada University of Applied Sciences Ltd. The rector is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the university, is in charge of the operational activities and is responsible for the management of the university’s property in accordance with current legislation, the articles of association and the Board’s instructions and directives. In all of his or her activities, the rector should act accordingly with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code.
At the rector's disposal is a management group that supports the rector in the management and planning of operational activities. If the rector is unable, the vice rector carries out the rector's duties.
Arcada UAS have two vice rectors, each with their own focus on education versa research and innovation. The Vice Rectors sit in the Management Group and attend the Foundation's board meetings. The Vice Rectors are appointed by the Board of the Foundation.
Vice Rector, Education
Vice Rector, Research and Innovation
Arcada's management group supports Arcada’s rector in the management and planning of operational activities. Decisions are made by the rector, who is chairperson of the management group.
The members of the management group are:
- Rector Mona Forsskåhl, chairperson
- Vice Rector for Research and Innovation, Henrika Franck
- Vice Rector for Education, Carl-Johan Rosenbröijer
- Director of Contract Education and Continuous Learning, Lotta Wikman
- Head of Communication, Hanna Donner
- Administrative and HR Director, Susanne Homén-Lindberg
- Chief Strategic Officer, Jan-Erik Krusberg
- Financial Director, Tom Lindström
- Head of Student Services, Annika Stadius
- Director of Academic Partnerships, Camilla Wikström-Grotell
- Head of department Linn Hongell
- Head of department Mirja Andersson
- Head of department Maria Forss
- Head of department Carina Kiukas
- Head of department Tomas Träskman
The mission of Arcada’s Quality Council is to ensure that all operations and actions at Arcada keep a high and even standard of quality. The Quality Council monitors and develops Arcada’s quality system, in which quality assurance and quality development are integrated parts in a constantly ongoing quality process.
Arcada’s Quality Council consists of ten to twelve members with broad affiliations within the organization. This includes one representative from each department, one representative from the Student Services, one representative from the other units, one to two student representatives and two external members.
The Rector appoints the Quality Council for a three-year term. The student representatives are appointed for a period of one to two years each.
The composition of the quality council
Camilla Wikström-Grotell, Chairperson
Principal Lecturer Niklas Eriksson (The Department of Business management and Analytics)
Lecturer Rene Herrmann (The Department of Energy and Materials Technology)
Principal Lecturer Ira Jeglinsky (The Department of Health and Welfare)
Amanuensis Monica Löv (The Department of Culture and Media)
Lecturer Annika Skogster (The Department of Healthcare)
International Student Recruitment Coordinator Sandra Slotte (Student Services)
Lecturer Minna Lehtola (Other units)
Councellor of Social Welfare Stefan Mutanen
Educational planner Susanna Taimitarha
Rickard Rosbäck, Deputy
Axel Lehtinen, Deputy
Board of review
Arcada’s board of review handles matters regarding the review of admission decisions, decisions regarding the loss of the right to study and evaluations of completed courses and accreditation of previous studies or competencies.
The board of review is appointed by the university Board.
Members of the board of review 2019–2021:
Senior Lecturer Maria Bäck
(deputy: Senior Lecturer Robert Nordström)
Principal Lecturer Niklas Eriksson
(deputy: Senior Lecturer Linda Puukko)
Senior Lecturer Ingmar Sigfrids
(deputy: Senior Lecturer Denise Haldin)
Senior Lecturer Jari Savolainen
(deputy: Senior Lecturer Pernilla Stenbäck)
Senior Lecturer Rene Herrmann
(deputy: Senior Lecturer Kim Rancken)
Student Niklas Forsman
(deputy: Student Jacob Dahlberg)
The university’s General Counsel Anna Härmä presents matters for consideration to board meetings.
The Cooperations committee
Arcada's cooperation committee acts as a cooperation body between employer and employees. The cooperation committee's task is to contribute to the development of operational activities and working conditions within Arcada.
The employer is represented by Arcada's rector and/or vice rector as well as the administrative and HR Director, who acts as the chairperson for the cooperation committee. The heads of department also have the right to attend.
The employees are represented by representatives from Arcada’s two staff groups, the teaching and administrative staff. The teaching staff is represented by union representatives and/or a co-operation ombudsman. The occupational safety representative also has the right to attend.
Members of the Cooperations committee
Chairperson: Administrative and HR Director Susanne Homén-Lindberg
Delegates of the employer:
Rector Mona Forsskåhl
Administrative and HR Director Susanna Homén-Lindberg
Delegates of the employees:
Kim Rancken, Managing trustee
Jan Nyberg, Trustee
Pernilla Stenbäck, Trustee
Krister Karlström, Trustee
Maria Bäck, Occupational Safety Representative
Secretary: Leading Legal Counsel Anna Härmä
The occupational safety commission
The occupational safety commission deals with questions concerning occupational safety and equality issues.
Members of the occupational safety commission 2020–2021:
Chairperson: Administrative and HR Director Susanne Homén-Lindberg
Occupational Safety Representative Maria Bäck
Vice Occupational Safety Representative Erica Åkermarck
Vice Occupational Safety Representative Christa Tigerstedt
Head of Security David Sjöberg
Project Coordinator, Wellbeing at Work, Marina Nygård
Representatives of the occupational health service participates if needed.
Secretary: Leading Legal Counsel Anna Härmä
Arcada's plan for equality and equal treatment
The activities at Arcada are based on equality between the sexes and we are striving for ethical and social diversity. We recognise the equal value of all people and wish to promote equal treatment, stand against all manner of discrimination and xenophobia. Equality at Arcada means creating a good learning environment and workplace, where students and staff experience purpose, joy and community in their work and desire to develop the activities and themselves.
An organisation as large as Arcada is by law obligated to produce an equality plan. The plan is based on the Law of Equality between women and men (1986/609) and the Non-Discrimination Act (2014/1325). The plan concerns both personnel and students at Arcada.
Units and departments at Arcada
Overview of all units and departments.
Arcada's Rector directs the University of Applied Sciences´ operational activities and represents the University in external contacts. The Vice Rector acts as the Rector's deputy.
The Rector's Office works with control of the operational activities and follow-up as well as overall strategy issues with the aim of developing Arcada's operational activities.
Rector and CEO
Vice Rector, Education
Vice Rector, Research and Innovation
Arcada offers vocationally oriented university education and engages in research and development to assure the availability of a Swedish-speaking workforce and contribute to a vital bilingualism. The research and development activities are an integrated part of the education and are focused on strategically selected profile fields, where research and development take place in teaching teams lead by a principal lecturer. Research and development is run in networks of research institutes and other universities nationally and internationally.
The operational activities are organised into five educational departments
- Department of Business Management and Analytics
- Department of Energy and Materials Technology
- Department of Health and Welfare
- Department of Culture and Media
- Department of Healthcare
Each educational department is under the leadership of a Head of Department and a Quality Council. The research activities in each educational department are under the leadership of a Head of Research who supports the Head of Department in the department's research questions.
The Language Department is responsible for teaching language and communication skills at Arcada. In addition, the Language Department offers language support for Arcada's students and employees and is responsible for assessing the students' knowledge of the domestic languages according to the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies.
The responsibility for the teaching and development within the unit is borne by the Head of the Language Department.
Arcada Further Education is responsible for Arcada's further education activities. Further education is provided as specialisation studies, apprenticeship like education, open higher vocational studies as well as privately financed education. In addition, Arcada Further Education runs project activities and arranges seminars. Arcada Further Education is under the leadership of the Director of Contract Education and Continuing Learning.
The library offers user-friendly and online-available library and information services for Arcada's students and staff, but the library is also open to the public. The library's central activities are customer service, maintenance of the collections, development of information competence, the electronic services, statistical follow-up and key figures as well as cooperation with other actors.
The Finance Department's tasks include:
- managing the financial control and financial follow-up at Arcada
- managing the daily financial administration
- the responsibility for the budgeting of Arcada's operational activities
- managing the practical responsibility for the administration of the Arcada Foundation's funds.
The Financial Department is under the leadership of the Financial Director.
Arcada's HR and administration unit creates the conditions for Arcada's operations to function smoothly and professionally with the help of well-thought-out processes and structures. The goal is to ensure that all managers have the best conditions to take their managerial responsibilities and to guide and support the managers in their work. The unit works for an active and strategic supply of skills in a health-promoting work environment, which creates the conditions for a long and enriching work career where employees feel job satisfaction and can take responsibility for their own work well-being.
The unit's main tasks are:
- To prepare and implement decisions by the rector or collegial administrative bodies and assist the rector in the organisational development work
- Responsibility for the general administration and to further develop structures and processes
- To offer legal advice and support to the units
- Responsibility for Arcada's employer tasks and HR functions, including recruitment processes and salaries
- To offer tools, advice and support for managers in personnel matters
- Create paths for skills and career development
- Offer health-promoting activities for employees to support work well-being
- Responsible for occupational safety and to act as a contact link to occupational health care
- Follow up on gender equality work at the university
The unit is lead by the Administration and HR Director, who also acts as the UAS's head of occupational safety. The Director is a member of the management team and acts as secretary of the Board of Arcada.
The IT unit is responsible for the operation and development of Arcada's information system and IT infrastructure as well as operating IT-support.
The Head of the IT unit is responsible for the management, comprehensive development and operational plan of the unit.
The main tasks of Arcada’s communications department include maintaining and developing the UAS’ brand, making the UAS an inspiring environment for students and co-workers and through communicational means support the UAS in reaching its operational targets. The department is responsible for offering a good infrastructure and tools for communicational work and has a co-ordinating, supportive and advisory role in questions regarding communications.
The communication department also includes campus services, which work to ensure that Arcada's building is a functioning, pleasant and safe study and work environment for students, employees and guests. The campus team also handles event and rental services and is responsible for student and customer service as well as the telephone switchboard.
The main tasks of the communications department are:
- Planning of Arcada’s communications
- Maintaining and developing the UAS’s identity, image and profile
- Marketing and student recruitment
- Contacts and relations with media
- Events and conferences
- Contacts and relations with alumni
- Coordinating and developing Arcada’s fundraising
- Facilitating internal communication with co-workers and students
- Advise and support in questions regarding communications
LMI stands for Ledning med information, i.e. information-driven management. The team provides Arcada’s management with analyses and reports based on data generated both in-house and in cooperation with third parties. In addition, the team monitors Arcada’s performance compared to the other UAS’s in Finland.
The teams' analyses, reports and overviews constitute steering documents for strategic planning, operational development and quality assurance.
The Department of Student Services consists of Student Affairs, Admissions Services, and International Affairs (Student Exchange).
Student Affairs provide help on issues concerning:
Registration for the academic year
The right to study
Application for accreditation
Application for degree certificate
The Admissions Services provides service and information to all applicants and potential applicants to degree programmes at Arcada. The Admissions Services also manages the administration associated with applications and admissions. The Admissions Services implements the statutory official responsibilities incumbent on Universities of Applied Sciences.
The unit of Student Exchange at Arcada supports the mobility of students, teachers and researchers as well as implementing and assessing other jointly agreed goals. Student Exchange cooperates with the degree programmes to increase the integration of foreign students at Arcada.
The department for Counselling and Student Well-being works to support students in study-, career- and lifeskills. The department is responsible for the following 3 areas:
Counselling and Special Education
Offers individual counselling for all students at Arcada on issues related to e.g. :
- Learning skills
- Career management
- Special pedagogical support
- Low threshold guidance
- Individual psychological counselling for students
- contact person to FSHS (Student Health Care)
- student representative
Sustainable Career Support
- centralised sustainable career support for students and alumni with focus on the competences they will need in future education and work
- in charge of Arcada's data collection and analysis of the national surveys AVOP at graduation and Career Monitoring five years after graduation.
- in charge of developing Arcada's SIMHE - services