On 12 December 2013, the Finnish Government granted Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences a new operating licence to be effective on 1 January 2014.
Metropolia will continue to issue university of applied sciences degrees in the fields of culture, health care and social services, business and technology. The current educational offering will change in that the training leading to the Drama Instructor's and Dental Technologist's degrees will be discontinued. All the current students of these two degree programmes will be able to complete their degrees in Metropolia. The training of Dental Technologists will be transferred to Turku University of Applied Sciences in 2015.
Moreover, Metropolia will receive a new Bachelor's degree programme for Construction Architects.
President and Managing Director Riitta Konkola is pleased with the operating licence. “Our staff have repeatedly demonstrated their flexibility as they participated in preparing the changes and, at the same time, carried out our basic mission at an even better performance level than before. We have lived with uncertainty while the future direction and the foundations of the UAS sector have been in flux. The decisions concerning the operating licence are a major stage in the reform of the UAS system. They are a testament to the valuable work the universities of applied sciences have done for developing the Finnish higher education system and their own regions”, Konkola says, summing up the reaction at Metropolia.
The operating licence application includes a development obligation for the maintaining organisations of Metropolia, Laurea and Haaga-Helia to eliminate their overlapping educational offerings and to develop their structures so that their operations can be centralised in stronger competence clusters than currently.
All applicant universities of applied sciences, 24 in total, received a new operating licence. With the new operating licences, the number of cities and municipalities with a university of applied sciences campus will be reduced from 62 to less than 50.
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