University of Oulu, 2017

Quality label to the University of Oulu

The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre has conducted an audit of University of Oulu and awarded the institution a quality label. According to the audit team, the University's quality system supports strategy-based development well.

The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) has conducted an audit of University of Oulu and awarded the institution a quality label that is valid for six years from 28 February 2018. The quality system of University of Oulu fulfils the national criteria set for the quality management of higher education institutions, and the system corresponds to the European quality assurance principles and recommendations for higher education institutions.

The comprehensiveness, functionality and effectiveness of the University’s quality system were evaluated based on six audit targets. The focus was on the procedures and processes that the institution uses to maintain and develop the quality of its operations.

The audit is based on the basic material and self-evaluation report submitted by the University of Oulu as well as an audit visit to the University on 17–19 October 2017. During its visit the team interviewed representatives of the institution’s management, teaching and other staff groups, students and external stakeholders. Altogether 144 persons were interviewed in the thematic group interviews during the audit visit.

Regarding the quality system as a whole the audit team points out that the University's quality system supports strategy-based development of education, research and societal interaction. The audit team sees also that the development of the operations is based on a strong quality culture where the responsibility for quality is shared by everyone.

As a recommendation the audit team brought up, for example, the need to pay attention to making the quality system more consistent across organisational units and more comparable between the core duties.

The audit was conducted as a part of the second audit round for Higher education institutions. FINEEC’s audit model has been renewed for the third round of audits (2018–2024). In the new audit model, there is a stronger emphasis on student-centred approach and societal impact.

Audit report - Audit of the University of Oulu 2018

FINEEC: Quality label to the University of Oulu – strategic leadership of quality management is a strength

Last updated: 1.3.2018