Lahti University of Applied Sciences

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Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Established 1992
President Outi Kallioinen
Academic staff
Students 5 000
Location Lahti, Finland
LUAS Cambus

Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LUAS) (Finnish: Lahden ammattikorkeakoulu) is a multidisciplinary institution of higher professional education, formerly known as Lahti Polytechnic in Lahti, Finland.

LUAS is located in Southern Finland, 100 km from the capital of Helsinki. The six faculties of LUAS operate in a number of locations in Lahti, with the main central campus rea within a kilometre from the city centre, close to Lake Vesijärvi and the Salpausselkä outdoor recreation area.

Briefly about LUAS

Lahti University of Applied Sciences is owned by the municipalities of the Lahti region through the Lahti Region Educational Consortium. LUAS is an independent commercial undertaking within the Consortium. The head of Lahti University of Applied Sciences is President, Outi Kallioinen.

LUAS is a regional centre of expertise with over 5,000 students and approximately 400 full-time teaching staff. Annually LUAS employs about 70 part-time teachers from other academic institutions, business and industry.

The instruction is given at the Faculties. Within the Faculties there are in many cases Departments, which are responsible for individual degree programmes and main subjects. The head of a Department is normally a Principal Lecturer.

Fields of Study

LUAS operates in the fields of business, design and communication, fine arts, music, hospitality management, social and health care, technology and engineering and technology. LUAS has over 20 degree programmes with over 40 specialisation lines.

The bachelor's and master's degree programmes at LUAS have been designed to respond to the demands and development needs of business and industry. Active collaboration with business, industry and other organisation are an integral part of studies.


  • Faculty of Business Studies
  • Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Institute of Design and Fine Arts
  • Institute of Music and Drama
  • Faculty of Social and Health Care
  • Faculty of Technology

Studies in English

Two Bachelor's degree programmes and one Master's degree programme are taught entirely in English. In addition, individual study modules and courses are available in English at faculties. Many courses, where instruction is not formally available in English, can be negotiated between the examiner and the student, especially in areas of art, design and music.

Bachelor's Degree Programmes

  • Degree programme in Business Information Technology
  • Degree programme in International Business
  • Degree programme in Nursing

Master's Degree Programmes

  • Degree Programme in International Business Management
  • Degree Programme in Environmental Technology

Studies in Finnish

LUAS offers several studies taught in Finnish.

Faculty of Business Studies

  • Marketing
  • Finance Management
  • Management and Communications
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Trade
  • Computing
  • Business Logistics
  • International Business Management (Master's degree)

Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality

  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism Management
  • Service Management

Institute of Design and Fine Arts

  • Design
  • Visual Communication
  • International Master of Interior Architectural Design, IMIAD (Master's degree)

Institute of Music and Drama

  • Musician
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music Pedagogue
  • Early Childhood Music Education

The Faculty of Technology

  • Materials And Production Engineering
  • Mechanical and Production Engineering (Mechatronics)
  • Information Technology
  • Environmental Technology

Faculty of Social and Health Care

  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Services
  • Nursing, Registered Nurse
  • Nursing, Public Health Nurse
  • Developing and Management of Social and Health Care (Master's degree)

The Ministry of Education and Culture has decided to foreclose the Degree Programmes of Fine Arts, Music and Drama and also Tourism and Hospitality due to the structural development of Universities of Applied Sciences.

Member of FUAS

Finland's largest alliance of universities of applied sciences, FUAS (Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences) came out of a partnership between HAMK, Lahti and Laurea universities of applied sciences. The FUAS institutions have around 21,000 students, representing approx. 15% of Finland's universities of applied sciences' students. It opens new doors for students, employers and the region.

Student Union

Lahti University of Applied Sciences has a very active student union, LAMKO. It has subdivisions at all of LUAS faculties.

External links

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