Multidisciplinary expertise to fuel the business life

The internationally recognized Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK) has profiled itself as a school that provides high-quality education for thousands of students from different fields every year. In the next-generation university, people study in multidisciplinary student groups, try out different learning methods with an open mind, and are encouraged to try out new things.

The main asset of the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences is the know-how of the motivated students and the skilled personnel, which has become an indicator of competitive strength in the labor market. Lifelong learning and renewing one's skills also play an important role when building of new expertise.

– JAMK has achieved great results over the years, thanks to our will to boldly renew ourselves and to invest in entrepreneurship and internationalization. National and international audits guarantee that the quality of education remains at its peak also in the future, says Jussi Halttunen, Rector of the University.

JAMK has defined six areas of expertise as its main strengths: Education Expertise and Business, Bioeconomy, Applied Cybersecurity, Automation and Robotics, Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation, and Tourism. Cybersecurity is one example of a growing field of the future that JAMK was able to predict already 10 years ago.

The Finnish Cyber Security Certificate (FINCSC), developed by JAMK's Institute of Information Technology, offers a competitive edge especially to small and medium-sized enterprises, providing them with a tool that they can use to reliably demonstrate their organization's level of cybersecurity.

– Investments in the research and development of cybersecurity have borne fruit, and the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences is now one of the most important higher education institutions focusing on cybersecurity in Finland, JAMK's Vice Rector Heikki Malinen points out.

Local businesses are an integral part of JAMK's work-oriented operations model: students conduct practical projects with hundreds of companies every year, and most of the subjects for students' theses also come from the corporate world. Companies can gain
significant benefits from the R & D projects carried out by students.

– As a recent example, students have developed the brand of Valtra's tractors and supported local food businesses in the wake of the local food boom, Halttunen describes.

Well over half of JAMK's students find employment in Central Finland after graduation, and thanks to the Tiimiakatemia and various business incubator courses, dozens of new companies are created every year. New large investments, such as the Kangas area and the Äänekoski bioproduct factory, guarantee the continuation of business cooperation also in the future.

In the autumn of 2017, universities of applied sciences can also start raising funds, which may open new opportunities for cooperation with small and medium-sized enterprises. The Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences encourages companies to seize this opportunity, because the cooperation can lead to something new and exceptional.

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