Research and development is one of the mandated tasks of universities of applied sciences. Research and development conducted at universities of applied sciences serves studies at university of applied sciences and their development. Research, development and innovation functions at universities of applied sciences also promote working life and regional development as well as renew the regional economic structure.
Research and development conducted at universities of applied sciences comprehend applied research, which is based on the integration of practical experience with the latest knowledge and unparalleled expertise.
Research and development are comprised of various functions, depending on the nature and scope of the work being done and the partners involved. In most cases, these functions include various projects, whose aim is to produce information and expertise. The staff and students of universities of applied sciences are fully and actively involved in research and development.
Universities of applied sciences choose their area of core expertise and focus so that they can be optimally applied in the workplace and economy of their sphere of influence. These also promote the enhancement of the university's expertise and students' professional development.
Projects are carried out with both EU funding and national and private funding.
The promotion of entrepreneurship is a key focal point for the future of universities of applied sciences. In order to support this effort, Arene (Rectors' Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences) has drafted an entrepreneurship strategy for universities of applied sciences.
is an Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council´s report about evaluation of the research, development and innovation (RDI) activities of universities of applied sciences. More information about RDI activities in universities of applied sciences you can find from