Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu
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HAMK RD&I – Competitive Solutions

Regional impact and customer-oriented applied research

HAMK’s regional influence is carried out through customer-oriented applied research and business services.

Finland’s universities of applied sciences are tasked with providing research and development services that support local employers and regional development while taking into account the region’s economic structure.

Regional im​​pact

We take the policies and focus areas of sub-regions within HAMK’s operating area into consideration in our operations. Four research units that support the workplace and education operate according to specific focus areas:

  • HAMK Bio – Sustainable Bio-economy
  • HAMK Edu – Innovative Expertise
  • HAMK Smart – Intelligent Services
  • HAMK Tech – Technology for the Future (Sheet Metal ​Centre, since 1998)

Research units and research groups function in important research projects with our international strategic partners. We publish the results of our research work.

Business Services

HAMK’s main customers for research and development are the region’s operators in industry and commerce (particularly SMEs), as well as the public sector. We have international-level competence in our areas of expertise, and through our networks we can serve our customers even more widely.

Key services include

  • expertise,
  • networks,
  • training,
  • consultation,
  • development projects,
  • student contacts
  • multidisciplinary project-type learning projects.

We construct a simple model where learning projects commission by the workplace can be implemented at any location within our area. With the aid of the virtual campus, the digital service entity can also be used by companies and organisations.​

Promoting businesses through projects

Promoting entrepreneurship and new business is one of the central areas of focus in our educational and R&D activities. Start-up incubators have been established for this purpose in HAMK units, so that students can practise running a business as a part of their studies. In order to link research even more closely to teaching, we are developing learning environments in which students conduct R&D in the form of projects and theses carried out for employers.

International projects through various funding programmes

Häme University of Applied Sciences is a coordinator or partner in various international projects funded mainly by the European Unio​n, Nordic Council or the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

These projects are an important part of higher education as they promote education and staff proficiency and often include student and staff mobility. An international project can also give students an opportunity for internationalisation at home.


Erasmus is the European Commission’s educational programme for higher education students, teachers and institutions. The programme involves the promoting of student and teacher mobility, teacher mobility, and funding of intensive courses and realising different education development projects.​


For students from our FIRST partners in Russia, it is possible to come and study here via the FIRST programme (Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Programme between Finland and Russia).​


​Nordplus is a Nordic exchange programme the aim of which is to enhance the co-operation between Nordic higher education institutions. The programme involves the funding of student and teacher mobility.​​


HAMK Bio – Sustainable Bio-economy
Ms Mona-Anitta Riihimäki
phone +358 3 6465 266

HAMK Edu – Innovative Expertise
Mr Martti Majuri
phone +358 3 6463 424

HAMK Smart – Intelligent Services
Mr Vesa Salminen
phone +358 40 5441 577

HAMK Tech – Technology for the Future
Mr Jarmo Havula
phone +358 40 8241 955​​

Research figures



5.9 ME

Total volume




Research environments


Research units


Euros of company funding in research projects

62 017

R&D related credits


Joint ventures