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 Business, Culture, Health care and Social services, and Technology.

In our community people and worlds meet to create insight, expertise and well-being for both the professional life 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.

See Metropolia's strategy 2020

Metropolia in brief

Number of students, infographic. Business: 1700 students, 7 degree programmes. Culture: 1800 students, 14 degree programmes. Health Care and Social Services: 4900 students, 25 degree programmes. Technology: 8000 students, 23 degree programmes.
  • 16,400 students
  • 2,840 Bachelor’s and 420 Master’s graduates in 2018
  • Staff 920
  • 69 degree programmes - 11 of them in English
    • 43 Bachelor's degree programmes - 6 of them in English
    • 26 Master's degree programmes - 5 of them in English
  • Most popular UAS in Finland in terms of applicants: 4.1 first-choice applicants per
    study place in 2018
  • Every eighth UAS student in Finland graduates from Metropolia
  • 900 foreign degree students, nearly 90 nationalities
  • Budget in 2019 EUR 97 million
  • Concentration of operations from 20 locations to 4 campuses 2016-2020
  • Publicly funded and owned by Cities of Helsinki (42%), Espoo (27 %), Vantaa (26%), Kirkkonummi (4%) and Kauniainen (1%)
  • R&D&I total volume in 2018 was about EUR 10.1 million


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

Finnish Universities

Finnish higher education offers two alternative paths: the traditional research universities and the newer universities of applied sciences. The universities of applied sciences focus on innovation and finding new ways of applying existing research results, in joint projects and close cooperation with relevant industries.

Read more in the web pages of Ministry of Education and Culture

Quality Label

FINEEC Audited.

The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre has conducted an audit of Metropolia and has awarded it a quality label that is valid for six years from 24 February 2017. Read more

ECTS Label 2013-2016. Awarded by the European Commission to Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu.


Metropolia complies with the requirements of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which facilitates the measurement and transfer of learning experiences between institutions.
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