Audit of Arcada University of Applied Sciences 2023


FINEEC conducts an audit of Arcada University of Applied Sciences. A two-day audit visit at Arcada is carried out 24–25 October 2023. The audit report is to be published by February 2024 on FINEEC’s digital audit platform.

The audit is conducted by the following audit team:

  • Professor Sigbritt Karlsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (chair)
  • Vice dean Trine Bjerva, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Student Jussi Laitinen, University of Helsinki and Hanken School of Economics, Finland
  • Project manager Janne Wikström, Hanaholmen – Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, Finland.

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, 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. Arcada has chosen Management and steering of RDI processes as one of the evaluation areas.

Benchlearning is one of the methods applied in the audits. The benchlearning partner of the Hanken is Kristiania University College and the benchlearning target is RDI processes.

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, project manager of the audit, +358 29 533 5541, mirella.nordblad(at)