The quality system is based on valid ISO9001:2015 and ISO9004 standards. In addition, Maritime Education in SAMK complies with the requirements set out by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010 Manila Amendments).
SAMK’s quality system is described with the PDCA cycle known as the Deming circle. External and intern operating environment together with the client needs give contents and direction for the operation guiding the choice of focal points. A fundamental part of the operation is continuous development based on feedback and assessment information.
Recognition of client needs
Clients of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences comprise those quarters and groups that use SAMK’s services. Internal clients using the services are the students and personnel, and external clients are companies, communities and citizens using the services.
Methods to find out the students’ needs are the study feedback system, student enquiries and student participation in development groups and decision-making bodies through student representatives. The client needs of companies and communities are examined a.o. by following competence needs, by participation of working life representatives in SAMK’s administration and degree programmes’ advisory boards, and by a tight interaction between SAMK’s personnel and working life companies and communities. The members of the advisory boards can be found in intra.
SAMK is an active partner in developing the companies and communities in this region. The main developing tools are further education as well as research and development projects. Anticipating educational needs is of importance when planning the quantity and contents of education. SAMK participates also in regional development of anticipating educational needs.
Risks and possibilities of operating environment, management of changes in operating system
Management of risks and possibilities refers to systematic definition, preparedness and respect of large-scale negative or positive events (risks or possibilities) when making decisions.
A comprehensive risk management is a part of SAMK’s good governance. It is the leaders’ responsibility to make sure that SAMK recognizes and manages risks which could prevent it to reach its goals.
Risk management and internal control is implemented by the whole organization, including the board, management and the entire personnel. Responsibility for risk management and internal control lies in the hands of SAMK’s top executives. Arranging intern control and risk management is a part of SAMK’s leadership. The managers define the course of action and the guidelines with which the aims and goals based on the strategy can be reached.
Education at SAMK
Educational responsibilities of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences are based on regional analyses of economic structure and competence needs. The Council of State has granted SAMK a concession (OKM/23/533/2013) to practise education on six educational fields: culture and arts, business administration, hospitality management, social services and health care, technology and maritime technology.
Concerning the educational responsibilities, the Ministry of Education and Culture has defined the titles and extents for the granted degrees as well as the target titles for applying for educational responsibilities.
Education is offered as full-time studies at daytime and as multiform studies. The education is divided into degree studies, continuing education sold for companies and communities and open UAS studies. In education leading to a degree a Bachelor’s Degree (basic degree) and a Master’s Degree (higher degree) can be taken.
In addition, specialized education can be offered after a university degree to people already at working life. This education is aimed at professional development promoting specialization to create know-how in such expert areas which don’t have market-based supply of education.
Based on anticipation information and competence survey for companies, professional further and continuing education is implemented to meet the needs of working life, as well as development projects increasing the know-how of staff in companies and communities. Professional continuing education and other development projects are implemented either for the needs of a single company or community or more widely for a specific professional group or field.
Through so called partnership agreements with the most significant co-operation companies and communities a long-term collaboration is enabled to develop the company’s or community’s competence base. Through this partnership the company has all the tools SAMK has at their disposal: research operation, project co-operation, co-operation between students and companies, slow recruiting (practice and thesis), fast recruiting, degree education for the staff and targeted company education.
Starting points for education
Pedagogical methods based on problem solving, development from everyday knowledge to expertise and coordination are used at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. The pedagogical models implement learning in interactive situations by experimenting, exploring and developing. Tuition, study arrangements and developing the methods of evaluation support the student’s effective and flexible progress. Learning environments close to working life and building networks are seen as factors promoting the student’s professional growth during studying.
To experience learning as purposeful and meaningful is essential in the university of applied sciences. Pedagogical work and the perception of learning are based on the idea of a learner who along with one’s development of knowledge and skills during studying also builds one’s own professional identity of working as an expert. The student is an active and responsible actor in his/her growth of knowledge and skills and in their self-evaluation. The learning targets in the university of applied sciences are both the contents of the subject matter and its application as well as skills in search of information and critical handling of information, and an ability to show one’s knowledge in a way the learning situation and working life expect.
Project activities and research and development are linked with the studies, and they will deepen as a part of the thesis process at the end of the studying. The basic readiness for research and development activities is seen as professional, university level qualities of a student graduating from the university of applied sciences.
Processes connected with tuition are described at the ARC system, where you can log-in with the SAMK code.
Research, development and innovation
- is based on the focal points chosen on the basis of the economic life and regional needs and strategies
- is based on the personnel’s high-level competence and development needs, on special knowledge of the region and on the students’ learning needs
- is customer-friendly and anticipating
- produces research, development and innovation projects necessary for the growth of the region’s development and marketability
- supports establishing new companies in the region through SAMK’s Enterprise Accelerator
- has close connection with tuition
- does not compete with the regional entrepreneurship
- is funded by clients and public funding. SAMK can also be a financier if the project increases the competence base of the personnel or students.
- utilizes its own personnel and students as the main resource. For the personnel the projects are a part of the assignment, for the students a part of multiform studying.
- increases both SAMK’s, its clients’ and the society’s competence base
- strives consciously at a high-quality operation and continuous development
Focus activities with R&D&I are
- Research group operation
- Projects with external funding
- Utilization of research results
The focus activities are described more closely at the ARC system, where you can log-in with the SAMK code.
The supporting processes at SAMK are divided into quality management, human resources, financial management and ICT services.
Initiative, feedback and complaint procedures as well as the internal auditing process are described of the quality management processes.
Recruitment and orientation of personnel, conduct of development discussions, international staff exchange, travelling and assessment of work risks are described of the human resource processes.
Purchases are described of the financial management processes.
Acquisition and introduction of a new information system as well as the administration of the systems’ access rights are described of the ICT service processes.
The central supporting processes at SAMK are described at the ARC system, where you can log-in with the SAMK code.
SAMK’s management follows systematically the achievement of quantitative goals with the QPR system, which has an alarming system concerning the goals. The personnel can also follow achieving the goals by logging in with the SAMK code into the QPR system.
The Deans follow regularly the level of achieving goals and the results of the operation are looked through at the team meetings.
The web page Vipunen, published by the National Board of Education, shows the performance level of each university of applied sciences regarding the financing indicators. For the management’s survey, SAMK delivers reference data of the situation compared with other universities of applied sciences.
Qualitative feedback from the students, alumni and collaboration partners is received through different enquiries and surveys by SAMK. These surveys are registered into SAMK assessment programme (which needs log-in). The qualitative feedback is discussed also in the annual survey by the management.
The objectives following the strategy have their own procedures, which can be found at the ARC-system.
Directing the strategy, quality and operation
The fundamental pillars for directing operation at SAMK are
- the strategy
- assessment of strategical and financial goals
- operational development
Quality management and quality control aim at efficient leadership and achievement of set goals. Management and maintenance of a quality system are seen as one and the same process where the commitment of the managers is the most important thing.
Operation at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences aims at the satisfaction of individual, company and community clients. The starting points for the operation are a controlled customer-friendly planning and implementation of research, development and innovation. To ensure this, SAMK gathers client and interest group feedback of its operation and results.
The assessment programme describes the methods for follow-up, feedback and assessment concerning the clients and interest groups. The most essential methods are
- Entrance exam enquiry. Every 3rd year to every entrance exam participant (teenagers, adults, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s Degree).
- Study unit feedback. Feedback on every study unit through our electronic feedback system. (The system will be renewed in 2017-2018.)
- Tutoring enquiry. An annual enquiry in the tutoring process.
- Student enquiry. Every 4-5 years to all degree students present at the time of the enquiry.
- AVOP (open university students) enquiry. To graduates by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
- Initiative, feedback and complaint procedures.
Companies, communities and alumni
- Follow-up survey. Every 5 years to students graduated from SAMK.
- Process of utilizing R&D&I results and commercializing innovations: Result examination of projects and IPR-surveys (Intellectual Property Rights).
- Advisory board mechanism. Business life has representation at the advisory boards of the degree programmes. At the meetings of the advisory boards the representatives of working life have the possibility to give feedback on services at SAMK and know-how by SAMK.
- Course feedback by continuing education.
- Feedback and complaint procedures.
Assessment of operational effectiveness and quality system
Operation at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences is assessed systematically throughout the year. Dealing with different activities in the Management Group and in the Joint Committee is structured into a special yearly calendar which can be found under Quality at Tweb-system (needs log-in). The extended SAMK management, including besides the Management Group also Heads, Team leaders, representatives for Occupational Safety and the Joint Committee, participates in planning and evaluating the operation in a meeting twice a year. In the spring meeting the theme is to assess and up-date the strategy’s operational programme, and in the autumn meeting to survey the needs and expectations of the interest groups, as well as to manage changes and risks in SAMK’s operational environment.
Managing risks and possibilities and internal supervision are developed based on implemented assessments and self-evaluation. Self-evaluation and implementation of procedures are assessed, according to the yearly plan, in the management’s survey in the spring to ensure implementation of procedures improving quality.
The functionality of the entire quality system guiding SAMK’s operation is assessed in the management’s surveys. In the survey the Management Group evaluates and analyzes the quality policy and its objectives together with the results SAMK has achieved at an administrative unit level as well as a national level. The influence of the operation is also assessed by making a root assessment based on the external and internal audit results. The auditing observations, further procedures based on them and the surveys can be found under Quality at TWeb (needs log-in).
The entire strategic planning and development operation at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences is the responsibility of the Managing Director supported by the Management Group, including the Vice-President, Director for Finance and Administrative Services and the Faculty Deans. In the administrative units the development activities are the responsibility of each Dean in accordance with the strategy. In addition to these, the development of the educational process is the responsibility of the Management Group of Education and the development of the RDI operation plus student entrepreneurship is the responsibility of the Management Group of Research. The detailed description of the responsibilities of these managing groups can be found in the Operational Instruction and the members of the groups can be found in Intra. Each employee at SAMK participates in developing the operation through his/her own duties.
SAMK has four development groups, which are the Development Group for International Operation, the Development Group for Quality Control, the Development Group for Education, and the Development Group for Studying and Well-Being. The members and the tasks of the groups can be found in Intra. The members of the Quality Group act as quality coordinators and their job descriptions can also be found at Intra.
The information on both quantitative and qualitative indicators is the basis for continuous development seen in the assessment program, which evaluates operation at SAMK. In the annual survey of the Management Group the achieved results are assessed and analyzed.
Besides the annual audit concerning external certification SAMK has also a minimum of two internal audits, of which one can be executed as a cross-audit with some other similar organization. The internal audit objects are chosen based on the strategy. The three-year audit plan accepted by the Managing Director can be found at Tweb. The plan is up-dated every year. The audits are executed in a positive spirit and the executers are the trained auditors of the audit pool.
The SAMK Management Group and the director responsible for risk management are responsible for developing the operation. Essential areas needing development according to the reports to the Board and the reports of risk management and internal inspection are systematically considered in developing the operation. The observed and the high-lighted development targets by the assessment are set as the target-oriented themes for the annual plan of risk and possibility management for the following year.
SAMK emphasizes including risk management as a part of all usual processes. The procedural instructions include instructions on recognizing, assessing and surveilling risks. Besides the assessment and inspection at an administrative unit level, theme check-ups are also implemented. Based on these results the administrative units work out the action plans to improve their own operation.
Procedural instructions are on ARC. (Needs login.)
The quality system includes various kind of documented information, such as internal regulations, administrative instructions and quality documents.
Internal regulations are: regulations, co-operation agreement between student union SAMMAKKO and SAMK, budget, standing orders on commercial transactions, plan of equality 2016-2018, operational instructions, examination board regulations, degree regulations.
Administrative regulations are: A1129/2014 Government Decree on Universities of Applied Sciences; A293/2014 Government Decree on the Joint Application System of Universities of Applied Sciences; L932/14 Universities of Applied Sciences Act with amendments; Alliance Agreement “Coastal”with TurkuAMK, Agreement between Ministry of Education and Culture and the maintaining organization and SAMK for the period 2017-2020; Partnership Agreement; Decision on Operating Licence; Co-operation Agreement of Satakorkea; Agreement on Occupational Health Services
Quality Documents (in Finnish) are
1) audit results and their processing (internal)
2) surveys and follow-up reports (internal)
3) reports by development groups (internal)
4) results of enquiries for applicants and students of SAMK
Reports of entrance examination enquiries
Portrait of full-time study applicants 2016
Portrait of multiform study applicants 2016
Portrait of Master’s Degree applicants 2016
Reports of student enquiries
Student enquiry by SAMK 2016
Reports of tutoring enquiries (internal)
Student well-being enquiry 2015
Reports of alumni enquiries
Follow-up survey: How were you 2013?
5) reports of enquiries for SAMK personnel
Work well-being enquiries (internal)
Work satisfaction of personnel 2016
Self-assessment enquiries (internal) (coming up)
6) Risk management, data security and protection (internal)
The quality documents are in Finnish only.