Generic competence requirements of Bachelor’s degrees in the Finnish universities of applied sciences

The competence descriptions are quoted from a publication (in Finnish) of the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.

Learning competence

A Bachelor graduated from an UAS

  • is able to self-evaluate and develop one’s competence and learning style orientation
  • is able to retrieve and analyze information and evaluate it critically
  • is capable of taking responsibility for collaborative learning and sharing knowledge in teams.

Ethical competence

A Bachelor graduated from an UAS

  • is able to take responsibility for one’s own actions and for the consequences of these actions
  • is able to work according to the ethical principles of the subject field
  • is able to take other people into account in one’s actions
  • is able to apply the principles of equality
  • is able to apply the principles of sustainable development
  • is capable of social influencing using one’s know-how and based on ethical values.

Working community competence

A Bachelor graduated from an UAS

  • is able to operate as a member of a work community
  • is able to operate in communicative and interactive situations in working life
  • is able to utilize information and communications technology in one’s subject field
  • knows the working life in one’s subject field and is able to create personal contacts in working life
  • is able to develop the operations of a work community
  • is able to develop multidisciplinary communication and interaction in working life
  • is able to utilize information and communications technology in one’s work
  • is able to create networks and partnerships
  • is capable of management and to operate in professional networks
  • is capable of decision making in unpredicted situations
  • is able to apply the principles of organizational management and leadership in working life and has abilities for supervision tasks
  • possesses entrepreneurial skills.

Innovation competence

A Bachelor graduated from an UAS

  • is able to conduct research, development and innovation
  • projects applying the existing knowledge and methods of the field
  • is able to work in projects
  • is capable of creative problem solving and development of working methods
  • is able to find customer-oriented, sustainable and profitable solutions.

Internationalization competence

A Bachelor graduated from an UAS

  • possesses communicative competence necessary for one’s work and for professional development in the subject field
  • is able to operate in a multicultural environment
  • takes into account the effects of and opportunities for internationalization development in one’s own field.