The consortium of Satakunta UAS and Turku UAS is a contractual conglomerate, which enhances vitality and international competitiveness in south-west Finland and Satakunta. The purpose of this consortium is to combine the activities of the partner universities to improve the national and international competitiveness of south-west Finland and Satakunta with regard to the emphases of the regions. CoastAL brings additional value to its interest groups, and the owners of the partner universities benefit from the strengthening role of the universities in the area.
The four pillars of the Consortium of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and Turku University of Applied Sciences:
The most wide-ranging and high-quality provision of degree programmes
Flexible and multiform studies
Active in promoting internationality
Significant role in European higher education
Strong actor in the development of the economic life
Brings vitality to south-west Finland with active regional universities
Supports entrepreneurship among students
Creates new forms of entrepreneurship
The consortium and its functions are based on permanent structures with staff from both universities. From the beginning of 2016 common activities will include the following:
1) Quality management: common quality philosophy, lighter quality systems, common framework in quality management, common quality practices which support flexible and multiform studies, co-development of overall architecture and measurement methods, cross auditions
2) Master’s programmes: provision of education and choices will be increased, multiform studies, co-planning and common courses will be developed and integration with research and development will be enhanced
3) CoastAL 356: provision of education all year round, suitable studies will be accessible to all students with a study entitlement, increase of studies, which are not tied to place or time, multiform and online methods will be developed further and new practices in teaching will be adopted
4) Publications: common publications will be designed and new publication and distribution platforms will be created, the effectiveness and visibility of publication activities will be improved
5) Research groups: research groups (e.g. Energy and Efficient Resources, Welfare and Game Technology, Functional Everyday Life and Accessible Surroundings, Well-being and Leadership in Future Work, Data Transfer Networks, Maritime Technology) function regionally and nationally and promote the internationalization of the south-west coast.
6) Regional Higher Education Institution: activities outside the main campuses, which support the economic life of the regions in a variety of ways (adult education, continuing education, open university of applied sciences, students’ practical training and theses, R&D activities)
7) Enterprise Accelerator: creation of a new, pedagogic model, Enterprise Accelerator, common structure and functions
8) CoastAL Doctorate Accelerator: systematic development of the competence of the staff, doctoral studies supported by the employer, study counselling in the home university by docents in cooperation with Finnish and foreign universities.
These common functions make it possible for CoastAL to produce more wide-ranging and high-quality services for south-west Finland. The above mentioned functions correspond to the results of a survey completed by Finland’s Ministry of Culture and Education. According to it, consortiums functioning at strategic and functional levels provide genuine added value to the partners (Korkeakoulujen rakenteellisen kehittämisen periaatteet 2006; Koulutus ja tutkimus vuosina 2011 – 2016; Kehittämissuunnitelma 2012)