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Centria passed FINEEC’s audit – the institution’s strengths are diverse regional development activities and the cooperation networks supporting them

Centria University of Applied Sciences passed the audit conducted by the Finnish Education Evalu-ation Centre (FINEEC) and was awarded a quality label for six years.

Centrians sitting on the red Amphi stairs

Centria University of Applied Sciences received great feedback from the FINEEC audit team for its vital role as a partner for industries and companies in the region and as a renewer of competence. Centria’s international and multicultural operating environment provides significant added value for personnel and students while enabling the strengthening of the competence base in the region.

In addition to its regional impact and multiculturalism, FINEEC lists among Centria’s strengths highly committed and knowledgeable personnel, whose development is supported.

– The audit process has been of great help to us in quality management, and the audit team has done a very thorough job. Quality work is an ongoing process, and while we are very pleased with the quality label we have now received, it is also only the first step in the next stage of development, describes Centria’s rector, CEO Jennie Elfving.

– I am particularly happy about the “development ethos” identified by the audit team. It confirms what I have known for a long time. We have great personnel who are always willing to try new things and take responsibility for improving their own work. We were also praised for our close cooperation with working life and our long-term efforts to strengthen the well-being of our personnel. Both are strategically important areas of development for us, so it is gratifying to see that the work has paid off.

FINEEC’s team started to get to know Centria’s operations and quality system at the end of 2022. The audit process culminated in audit interviews in February 2023 with a large number of Centria personnel and students.

Centria’s quality system supports strategic development and provides information for management and everyday activities.

– Consistency and continuous improvement are the cornerstones of our quality work. The audit report will help us to see what we need to focus on in the future and which areas we still need to develop, sums Elfving.

Centria University of Applied Sciences passed the audit conducted by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC). Passing the audit shows that the activities and the quality system of the university of applied sciences meet both the national criteria and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area. The audit focuses on higher education institutions’ procedures for maintaining and enhancing the quality of education, RDI activities and societal interaction. The audit criteria have been published in FINEEC’s Audit manual for higher education institutions. The audits of higher education institutions’ quality systems were launched Finland in 2005.

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