Metropolia University of Applied Sciences - Expertise and Insight for the Future

A bold Reformer of Expertise and an active Builder of the Future

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland’s largest university of applied sciences, educates the professionals of tomorrow in the fields of Culture, Business, Health care and Social services, and Technology. In our community people and worlds meet to create insight, expertise and well-being for both the world of work and life in general. You can count on Metropolia as a reliable partner and an innovator in higher education. Through cooperation we discover new ideas and solutions to build a better future.

Metropolia’s strategy 2020 aims at strong renewal. Our strategic intent is to be a bold reformer of expertise and an active builder of the future. Our strategic goals are focus, renewal and growth:

  • We focus on high-quality learning and professional life cooperation
  • We renew our operating culture and expertise through digitalisation and campus development.
  • In terms of research, development and innovation and business solutions, we seek growth especially in impact and external funding.

Our operations are guided by our values: expertise, high quality, community spirit and transparency.

Strategy 2020 (pdf)

Metropolia in brief

  • 16,700 students
  • 2,560 Bachelor’s and 410 Master’s graduates in 2016
  • Staff 1,000
  • 67 degree programmes - 12 of them in English
    • 43 Bachelor's degree programmes - 6 of them in English
    • 24 Master's degree programmes - 6 of them in English
  • Most popular UAS in Finland in terms of applicants: 4.3 first-choice applicants per
    study place in 2016
  • 900 foreign degree students, nearly 90 nationalities
  • Budget in 2017 EUR 95 million
  • Concentration of operations from 20 locations to four campuses by 2019
  • Owned by: Helsinki 42%, Espoo 27 %, Vantaa 26%, Kirkkonummi 4%, Kauniainen 1%
  • R&D&I total volume in 2016 was about EUR 9.8 million


High quality – our target   Expertise – our passion
Transparency – our operating policy   Community spirit – our source of strength