One of the aims and development targets of the so-called Bologna process is to improve the visibility of quality management in higher education. European countries have developed different national solutions to assess and demonstrate the quality of their degrees. In Finland, the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council and the Ministry of Education and Culture have taken on a strong role in steering the quality evaluation of higher education institutions and universities. The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council audits the quality management systems of higher education institutions and thus supports their development.
Lappeenranta University of Technology has build a quality management system which will ensure that
• we can demonstrate our excellence (documentation)
• our activity is expedient and profitable (targets, evaluation)
• our repeated activities are successful (process descriptions, procedures)
• we receive information on our activity and its quality (documentation, evaluation, reporting)
• we are able to develop our activity further (self-assessment, internal and external evaluations, utilisation of evaluations).
The most important target of the quality management system of Lappeenranta University of Technology is to manage and develop the quality of activities as a part of the university's normal operation. Existing processes and procedures for quality management are utilised in developing the quality management system. Please see more at LUT www-pages of quality management, and Uni-portal: Instructions and regulations - pages.
University Regulations on Education and the Completion of Studies (includes the evaluation of study attainments).
In addition to LUT quality management, LUT School of Business and Management is active in developing the quality of education through international accreditations:
The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) that assesses business and management education has for the second time rewarded LUT's Master's Degree in International Marketing Management (MIMM) the renowned EPAS accreditation. The accreditation signifies that LUT provides world-class education in international marketing. The MIMM programme has had the award since 2011. EFMD's assessment criteria requires a strong international aspect and excellent level of academic production, corporate cooperation and quality management from the degree programmes.
The School of Business and Management has also been a member of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB International since 2012. This Business Education Alliance is one of the world's largest networks of business schools and organizations focused on advancing business education.