In the yearly ranking of universities of applied sciences in Finland, Arcada University of Applied Sciences is ranked first. The comparison is based on results in educational and research activities and it is aligned with the funding indicators put in place by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

The ranking was created by the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, which yearly follows up how well universities of applied sciences produce results according to the funding indicators set by the ministry. The latest report Mittaritulokset 2015: Analyysi ammattikorkeakoulujen rahoitusmittarien kehityksesta 2015 concludes that Arcada performs the best.

-It feels great to see that we did the best out of all universities of applied sciences in Finland. We are all part of this outstanding result and it is pleasing to be able to work with fellow colleagues and students who are passionate and ambitious, says Arcada’s rector Henrik Wolff.

The ranking is based on e.g. the amount of completed degrees, ECTS credits, education through Open Studies, international mobility, employment rate, research publications and external research funding.

-We have done especially well when it comes to research and there is a positive trend when it comes to both external financing and publications. Arcada’s Open Studies is also doing markedly better than the average.

Even though Arcada comes up on top, Wolff sees further possibilities to develop the outcome by things such as the number of master’s examinations and the amount of students who produce at least 55 ECTS per year.

-We will now continue our determined work in order to maintain our rank as number one. We have a great atmosphere and a positive work climate, where people understand what is required in order to reach good results.

The top spot is also of significance since state financing of universities is determined partly by quantifiable results, and this way of financing universities is becoming more prevalent.

-Cuts in the funding of higher education institutions in recent years has increased the pressure to deliver, and it's nice to have proof that the hard work has paid off. It is clear that the comparison also contributes to increased motivation when you get recognition for the work you do. Our great result is also important to the university's reputation both nationally and internationally, as it naturally increases our attractiveness, says Wolff.

Additional information:

Rector Henrik Wolff, 050 649 36

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