Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Year of foundation: 2007
Approx. number of students: 14,000
Period of study: End August-Mid January; Mid January-End May
MCI partner since: 2007
Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is around 600,000 inhabitants, but along with neighboring cities it constitutes an area where over 1 million people live.
Helsinki is Finland's capital for business, education, research, culture, and government. Some 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region. The immigration of rural residents has made it one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Europe.
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest and the most international University of Applied Sciences in Finland. The Metropolia has four fields of study: technology, health care and social services, economics and business administration, and culture, all of which will provide teaching also in English.
EVTEK University of Applied Sciences and Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia merged into Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences which began operations on 1 August 2008. The shareholders in the company in charge of the new higher education institute consist of the capital region cities - Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen - and the municipality of Kirkkonummi. The new and competitive higher education institute, which measures up to international standards, specializes in innovation and cater for the special needs of the metropolitan area. The training programs involve close cooperation with businesses and the labour market.