Audit of The University of the Arts Helsinki 2024
FINEEC conducts an audit of The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki). A two-day audit visit at the Uniarts Helsinki is carried out 9–10 April 2024. The audit report is to be published by August 2024 on FINEEC’s digital audit platform.
The audit is conducted by the following audit team:
- Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen, dean, University of Jyväskylä (chair)
- Antti Huntus, special advisor, Arts Promotion Centre Finland
- Julia Rapo, student, University of Lapland
- Rasmus Vuori, vice dean, Aalto University
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/artistic activities 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. Uniarts Helsinki has chosen Ecological sustainability as one of the evaluation areas.
Benchlearning is one of the methods applied in the audits. The benchlearning partner of the Uniarts Helsinki is Hanken School of Economics and the benchlearning target is Wellbeing at work.
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.