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Vision: Insightful, exploratory a​nd influential LAMK 2020

As of 1 January 2018, Lahti University of Applied Sciences is part of the LUT Group. The new consortium is composed of three higher education institutions: Lahti and Saimaa Universities of Applied Sciences and Lappeenranta University of Technology, with LUT acting as the head organisation.

The aim is to develop a highly appealing and diverse higher education cluster of international standing and high quality. The LUT Group's strategy focuses on enhancing educational paths, internationalisation and economic impact. LAMK will contribute to the Group's strategic aims through its activities in alignment with its own strategy.

Our values: joy, insight​ and meaningfulness 

  • Joy of exploring together
  • Insightful learning experiences
  • Meaningful work, expertise and success


The profile of LAMK is based on our focus areas and the concept of entrepreneurship. Internationalisation and digitalisation are ways for us to regenerate our competence capital, both in our organisation and in our local region as a whole. Ecosystems, test platforms and reference environments facilitate the generation of new business, entrepreneurship and competitiveness in our region. 


Through our design philosophy, we help to promote economic competitiveness, circular economy and well-being. Key themes:

  • Visualisation of systems and information through information design
  • Co-design approach to services and operating environments
  • User-centred approach in industrial design

​Smart business

Through our smart business focus, we help to promote productivity and competitiveness by developing new models for businesses and organisations.  Key themes:

  • Digital business
  • Tourism and event management
  • Supply chain management
  • Globally and locally responsible business

Well-being and regenerati​ve growth

We promote well-being and regional growth by developing competence capital, processes and operating models together with working life. Key themes:

  • Well-being from nature and physical activity
  • Well-being technology and Intelligent self-management of health 
  • Social inclusion 
  • Development of services and competences  in the health and social care sector

Circular economy solutions 

This focus area promotes the region's competitiveness and transition towards a circular economy. The ability to combine strong technological and design competencies will produce innovations and business opportunities for the economy. Key themes:

  • sustainable urban environment
  • regional ecosystems and industrial symbioses
  • test platforms and reference environments for circular economy
  • material and energy efficiency

Entrepreneurship is the working philosophy at LAMK

At LAMK, entrepreneurship is viewed as an overarching philosophy and way of doing things. It means identifying and making the most of opportunities and having the ability to convert ideas into action and ultimately economic, cultural, social and societal value. 

Key themes of entrepreneurship:

  • commercialisation of innovations
  • entrepreneurial readiness and student entrepreneurship 
  • business development
  • entrepreneurial ecosystems

​Strategy​ ​2020​

LAMK Strategy 2020 (pdf)

Strategic programmes

In addition to the main strategy, Lahti University of Applied Sciences has strategic programmes which steer our operations. The strategic programmes will be replaced by a Strategy Implementation Plan, which will be available in January 2018.

Regional Development Programme​ (pdf)

Human Resources Programme​ (pdf)

Pedagogical Programme (pdf)

RDI Programme (pdf)
Internationalisation programme (pdf)

Strategic key projects

Strategic key projects respond to changes in the operating environment caused by global factors: