TAMK wants to offer the best learning possibilities for students, which requires continuous, high-level and specialised pedagogical development. It is what we work for.

Our work is to develop and research vocational upper secondary and higher education, vocational and higher education pedagogy, working life based learning environments, and teachers' competence nationally and internationally.

We want to support vocational education teachers, teams, management and networks to work innovatively, effectively and in a working life oriented manner. To achieve the objective we participate in projects, do applied research, develop our operations, and work actively in national and international networks.

Focus areas

We offer multidisciplinary expertise and RDI cooperation in the following focus areas:

Developing teacherhood

We study vocational teacherhood and related changes both as an individual and communal process. We also examine teacherhood as a social catalyst. Education undergoes large changes and teachers' pedagogical competence plays a key role in implementing changes in the vocational upper secondary education and higher education.

Student experience

Student experience research is a new way of helping educational institutions to comprehensively develop their processes and services. The student experience covers all higher education operations. It is possible to support development of the higher education community by researching the student experience. TAMK has studied new students' student experience as well as teachers' and other staff's conception of the student experience.

Learning analytics

Learning analytics is our new development field. We familiarise in its possibilities from the viewpoints of supervising and supporting learning. Digital learning environments produce a lot of information which can be used in pedagogical development. Learning analytics enables analysis of students' digital footprint and offers new tools for pedagogical development.

Top projects

From UAS to Career

The aim of the From UAS to Career project is to strenghten the readiness of Finnish universities of applied sciences to support students' and graduates' employment. The project aims to create a model for a career monitoring survey which produces comparable information about UAS graduates' careers both nationally and internationally. The ESF-funded project is carried out within close collaboration with Latua and Töissä projects that are run by universities in Finland. Read more at Project Search.

New Open Energy

The project develops a new AgileUAS model for continuing education to respond quickly to the needs of fast changing and growing industrial sectors, such as the energy sector. In the AgileUAS model, existing degree education elements will be supplemented and offered to all for free. The model helps to combine professional expertise of Finnish UASs and enterprises, as well as to establish regional and local needs for enhancing competences. Read more at Project Search.

Mobile Teacher

The Mobile Teacher project will educate a group of 20 vocational teachers to utilize mobile methods and applications for teaching and learning. The aim is to increase digital abilities in the participating teachers' educational institutions and vocational teacher education. New research information will be created and published during the education and development work. It strengthens the curriculum work in vocational teacher education and increases the regional impact of education. Read more at Project Search.


The aim of the project is to enhance master-level education in mental health practice by developing e-learning materials through European cooperation. eMenthe is a multilateral EU-funded three-year project (2013-2016) in which six European partners cooperate to produce master-level e-learning materials on mental health.

Mental health education and service systems differ in many European countries. However, the concerns and development needs regarding mental health practices are shared, and thus European cooperation is valuable to share best practices for mutual benefit in order to ensure the highest quality education and practice.

Besides active partners associate partners in all participating countries have an important role in the project. They provide information about the current and future needs, pilot and comment on the e-learning materials and finally use them in different manners, for example in updating education. When launched the materials will be available for all interested to use. Read more at Project Search.

Project search

See all projects of the focus area at Project Search.