Audit of Åbo Akademi University 2022


FINEEC conducts an audit of Åbo Akademi University. An audit visit at the Åbo Akademi University is carried out 4-5 May 2022. The audit report is to be published in August 2022 on FINEEC’s digital audit platform.

The audit is conducted by the following audit team:

  • Professor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, rector, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden (chair)
  • Alexander Bargum, managing director, Algol Ab, Finland
  • Marie Nørvåg, student, University of Agder, Norway
  • Professor Max Scheja, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Mirella Nordblad, Counsellor of Evaluation, is the FINEEC project manager of the audit.


The purpose of the audit is

  • to evaluate whether the quality work in the HEI meets the European quality assurance standards,
  • to assess whether the quality system produces relevant information for the implementation of the strategy and the continuous development of the HEI’s activities, and whether it results in effective enhancement activities,
  • to encourage internationalisation, experimenting and a creative atmosphere at HEIs, and to accumulate open and transparent information on quality work at Finnish HEIs.

The focus of the audit is on the procedures used by the HEI to maintain and enhance the quality of its activities.

The FINEEC audits cover all the core duties of the HEI, that is, education, research /RDI and societal engagement. The strategic development of HEIs is supported in the audit by offering HEIs the possibility to select one of the evaluation areas. Åbo Akademi University has chosen Working life relevance of education as one of the evaluation areas.

Benchlearning is one of the methods applied in the audits. The benchlearning partner of Åbo Akademi University is Dalarna University and the benchlearning target is Student recruitment.

The enhancement-led approach is applied in the audits. The goal of enhancement-led evaluation is to involve staff, students and stakeholders of a higher education institution (HEI) in recognising strengths, good practices and enhancement areas in the HEI’s activities. The aim is also to support HEIs in achieving their own objectives, thus creating a premise for the continuous development of HEIs.


The contact person at FINEEC

Mirella Nordblad, counsellor of evaluation, + 358 29 533 5541,