Quality work builds a basis for successes

The quality policy of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences defines the key principles of the quality assurance system, quality management and organisation culture in Vaasa University of Applied Sciences.

The key principles of quality work are the following:

  • The activities are based on the premises approved by VAMK’s board of directors and presented in the operational and financial plan.
  • The operations are guided by VAMK’s strategy, vision, mission and values that the school’s board of directors has approved.
  • The entire personnel is committed to and takes ownership of implementing quality work.
  • Quality work strengthens the integration of VAMK’s three tasks (teaching, research and regional development).

Recognized quality work

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences’ operations and quality system meet national and European university quality assurance criteria. As proof of this, the National Education Evaluation Center Karvi has awarded VAMK a quality label for six years on the basis of an audit carried out in the spring of 2021. The purpose of the external audit is not only to evaluate the university’s operations and quality work, but also to identify the university’s strengths, good practices and areas for development that can be utilized in future development work.

Karvi ‘s report on the evaluation of VAMK in 2021

Results of the audit 2021

Quality system

The Rector is responsible for the quality system. Every member of the community is responsible, in accordance with his or her duties, for the obligations of implementing the quality management system. Our quality management system in its entirety is described in our Intranet. The guidelines, procedures and processes, as well as the systems that the university uses to maintain and develop the quality of education, research, management and supervisory work, have been collected in the Intranet.

Quality work is based on a well-functioning quality process

The core content of quality management is available to all VAMK employees in the form of an electronic operations manual in which the objectives, functions and actors and their responsibilities are tangibly and clearly defined. Action plans, process descriptions and feedback systems, as well as periodic self-assessments, link the quality system to the goals, operations and operational guidance of the university.

The purpose of quality management is to develop the quality of vocational higher education. Quality management comprises leading the operations, planning, evaluation, and continuous improvement to achieve the quality goals.

 

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Plan

  • Agreement with the Ministry of Education and Cultures
  • Strategy
  • Vision, mission, values
  • Needs of working life
  • Plan of action and financial plan
  • Curricula
  • Continuous learning

Do

  • Decisions by the Management Team and Heads of Units
  • Daily activities
  • Process descriptions and directives
  • Strategy part of everyday activities

Check

  • Feedback systems
  • Key figures
  • Reviews
  • Appraisal discussions with students and staff
  • Open discussion forums
  • Meeting with partners in working life, their feedback
  • Evaluations and audits

Act

  • Strategic development projects
  • Enhancement of activities
  • Corrective measures
  • Improving the staff´s competence
  • Prerequisities of working