Audit of the University of Oulu 2023

Higher education

FINEEC conducts an audit of the University of Oulu. A two-day audit visit at the University of Oulu is carried out 13–14 December 2023. The audit report is to be published in March-April 2024 on FINEEC’s digital audit platform.

The audit is conducted by the following audit team:

  • Professor, rector emerita Kerstin Norén, Sweden (chair)
  • Associate Professor Guðrún Geirsdóttir, University of Iceland, Island
  • Student Damon Mohebbi, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
  • CEO Siamäk Naghian, Genelec.

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. The University of Oulu has chosen internationalisation of degree programmes' curricula and student experience as one of the evaluation areas.

Benchlearning is one of the methods applied in the audits. The benchlearning partner of the University of Oulu is Erasmus University Rotterdam and the benchlearning target is Enhancing quality culture in doctoral schools.

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

Hilla Vuori

Hilla Vuori

Senior Evaluation Advisor
Higher education
+358 29 533 5538 Helsinki