Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu
MottoOsaamista ja oivallusta tulevaisuuden tekemiseen
Motto in English
Expertise and insight for the future
TypePublic Osakeyhtiö
Established2007 (opened 2008)
RectorRiitta Konkola
Academic staff

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finnish: Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu) is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Finland situated in Helsinki metropolitan area.[1] The university has four fields of study: culture, business, health care and social services, and technology. Teaching is also provided in English.

The number of students is 16,200 and the staff about 930. In the year 2019 nearly 2,794 Bachelor's and 477 Master's students graduated from Metropolia.[2]

Myyrmäki campus, located in Vantaa

Metropolia's background[edit]

EVTEK University of Applied Sciences and Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia merged into Metropolia University of Applied Sciences on 1 August 2008. Since then, the operations were moved from 20+ premises, to 4 modern campuses.

International Metropolia[edit]

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is one of the most international universities of applied sciences in Finland. Six international degree programmes, student and teacher mobility, work placement opportunities abroad and various projects play an essential role in the international activities at Metropolia. Over 1,450 foreign students representing 90 nationalities study in Metropolia. Some 550 Metropolitan students visit partner schools abroad as exchanges of over 3 months and about 450 exchange students come to Metropolia. Metropolia has over 400 partner universities around the world.[3]


In the year 2019 the number of staff was 933, including 224 teachers with research degrees.[4] Metropolia takes part in international staff exchanges. Summer ICT School is fully organized by teachers from abroad.


Metropolia is an LTD-company. The shareholders in the company are the capital region cities Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen and the municipality of Kirkkonummi.

The Managing Director, President is Ms Riitta Konkola.

The Board of Directors starting 10 May 2019[edit]

  • Chairperson Henri Kuitunen, Helsinki
  • Elina Lehto-Häggroth, Vantaa
  • Martti Lipponen, Vantaa
  • Kalevi Ekman, Espoo
  • Harri Rinta-aho, Espoo
  • Tuula Saxholm, Helsinki
  • Liisa Pohjolainen, Helsinki
  • Kirsti Hämäläinen, staff representative
  • Valtteri Markula, student representative


Myllypuro campus, fully opened in 2020, is located directly above M2 metro line

Metropolia is located in Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Currently Metropolia concentrates its operations on four campuses: Arabia and Myllypuro Campuses in Helsinki, Karamalmi Campus in Espoo and Myyrmäki Campus in Vantaa.[5]


  • Myllypuro Campus

Campus teaching students in medical field and architecture. This is the newest campus, opened in January 2019 with 3000 students and 250 employees. The second phase of the campus, was opened in January 2020. Currently, about 6000 students are attending to this campus. Entire project costed about EUR 165 million.

  • Arabia Campus

Creative Campus, hosting lessons mainly dedicated to culture, conservation and design.


  • Myyrmäki Campus

Campus for sustainable technology and business. There are now 3500 students and 230 staff members operating on the campus in the fields of industrial technologies and international business. The construction of the last extension of this campus was ended in August 2018.


  • Karamalmi Campus

Developer Campus for Smart Solutions. Metropolia's new Developer Campus for Smart Solutions in Karamalmi, Espoo was opened in August 2019. Leppävaara Campus in Espoo was closed on March 4, 2019 due to safety reasons. The property owner, City of Espoo, informed Metropolia about the poor condition of the campus structures on Feb 14, 2019 and urged Metropolia to move campus activities away as soon as possible to maximize students and staff members security.[6]

Other premises[edit]


  • Arabia Campus: Arabiankatu 2
  • Arabia Campus: Hämeentie 161
  • Kaupintie


  • Koskelo Hall


Metropolia currently has 43 bachelor's degrees. The awarding titles vary, depending on the chosen field. Some of them, but not limited are: bachelor of engineering, bachelor of business administration, bachelor of health care, bachelor of social services, bachelor of culture and arts. There are also 26 master-level studies. As university of applied sciences, Metropolia does not offer doctoral studies. Thanks to ongoing Bologna process, alumni of bachelor's degree from Metropolia are eligible to master-level programs in traditional universities.

Metropolia educates students in the fields of Business, Culture, Health care and Social services, and Technology. Differences in each study programme are visible from the very beginning, as many of them are specialized in given field.

In terms of application, Metropolia takes part in Finnish Joint Application. After meeting basic requirements for the undergraduate studies, international applicants take part in entrance examination organized by Metropolia. The contents of this test is different for every degree. Future students are selected based on their score. Applicants may also apply by using SAT test results. Minimum scores for every degree may vary, but they average around 1250 points.

International relations[edit]

Arabia campus, located next to the Vanhankaupunginselkä bay

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is one of the most international universities of applied sciences in Finland. International activities at Metropolia include international degree programmes, student and teacher mobility, work placement opportunities abroad and various projects.


  • European Association for International Education (EAIE)
  • HUMINT, (Human Resource Management)
  • Nice Network
  • Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC)
  • ANMA, Nordiska Konservatoriorådet
  • European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education (ENCoRE)
  • European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC)
  • International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT)
  • International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE)
  • International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ)
  • International Council of Museums - Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC)
  • International Institute for Conservation (IIC)
  • Cumulus, International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
  • Consortium of Higher Education in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe (COHEHRE)
  • Karamalmi campus is located directly in Nokia's headquarters in Espoo
    European Association of Training Centres for Socio-Educational Care Work (FESET)
  • European Network of Occupational Therapy (ENOTHE)
  • World Federation on Occupational Therapy (WFOT)
  • European Network for Physiotherapy in Higher Education (ENPHE)
  • European Network of Podiatry in Higher Education (ENPODHE)
  • Osteopathic European Academic Network (OSEAN)
  • The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO)
  • The European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO)
  • European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
  • Network for the Development of European Programmes in Higher Education (BUSINET)
  • UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education (UICEE)
  • FEANI:European Federation of National Engineering Associations



All undergraduate business studies at Metropolia lead to the bachelor of business administration degree. Some learning pathways offer the option to gain double degree with partner institutions. Metropolia had the highest ranked business teaching in any Finnish University of Applied Sciences business programme in 2017.[8]

Teaching takes place at the Myyrmäki Campus. The school offers three bachelor-level business studies, two of them in English. Metropolia also offers learning pathways leading to MBA degree.

Health care and Social services[edit]

Metropolia conducts many degrees in the fields of health care and social services. There are two bachelor's degrees in English (nursing and social services) and 15 in Finnish. The school also offers master-level studies leading to the MHA (master of health care) degree. All degrees in this fields are hosted in Myllypuro Campus.

Metropolia pilots special learning environment, called Well-being and Health Village. In this place, students provide free medical services under supervision. The idea behind Village is to give students a taste of real-world medical work experience. Some of the services are: prosthetics and orthotics services, osteopathy services, physiotherapy services.[9]


All teaching in the culture field is in Finnish. There are 8 undergraduate degrees and 7 master's degrees. All teaching takes places at the Arabia Campus and nearby premises. Metropolia UAS is the first Finnish university to offer a degree focused in its entirety on XR design.


Studies in the field of technology take place in two campuses. Myyrmäki campus mainly focuses on industrial technology, and teaching in Karamalmi campus is more IT-based. Metropolia has a wide variety of industrial degrees, such as automotive engineering or industrial management. All industrial-based studies are conducted in Finnish. The school has two IT programs, one of them in English.


Metropolia publishes around 100 RDI projects each year in cooperation with partner networks. Right now, Metropolia focuses its research on five phenomenon-based innovation hubs. In 2018, Metropolia's external RDI income amounted to about EUR 5.4 million. One of the most prominent projects if Sohjoa Baltic, that promotes and pilots automated driverless electric minibuses as part of the public transport chain, especially for the first/last mile connectivity. Sohjoa Baltic consortium has partners from Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Norway and Denmark.

Innovation hubs[edit]

  • Clean and Sustainable Solutions
  • Customer-oriented Wellbeing and Health Services
  • Data-driven Construction
  • Functional City for People
  • Smart Mobility

Other RDI programs[edit]

  • Service Robotics
  • Customer-oriented Technology Applications
  • Urban Farm
  • Sohjoa Baltic


  1. ^ Metropolia University of Applied Sciences - International Metropolia Archived 2009-10-26 at the Wayback Machine 5.1.2010
  2. ^ Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences - About 9.1.2017
  3. ^ Metropolia University of Applied Sciences - International Metropolia Archived 2010-01-01 at the Wayback Machine 9.1.2017
  4. ^ "Metropolia University of Applied Sciences - About". Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Metropolia annual report Retrieved on 25 June 2020
  6. ^ "Karamalmi Campus | Metropolia UAS". Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  7. ^ "International Relations | Metropolia UAS". Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  8. ^ "Metropolia Business School | Metropolia UAS". Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  9. ^ "Well-being and Health Village | Metropolia UAS". Retrieved 2020-08-14.

Coordinates: 60°11′28″N 24°54′08″E / 60.1910°N 24.9021°E / 60.1910; 24.9021