Environmental and Quality assurance

Novia stands for: quality education, regional presence and sustainable development - ecological, economic, social and cultural.

We apply an integrated Management system of Quality, Environment and Safety, which was certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 at every unit in August 2010, as the first Institution of Higher Education in Finland, and Scandinavia.

Management System Certificate, ISO 9001:2008 (certificate).
Management System Certificate, ISO 14001:2004 (certificate).

The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council has conducted an audit awarded the institution a quality label that is valid for six years beginning on 24 May 2012. The quality system fulfills the national criteria set for the quality management of higher education institutions, and the system corresponds to the European principles and recommendations for the quality management of higher education institutions.

The press release from Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council: Novia University of Applied Sciences passes the audit. An abstract in English can be found on page 79 in the report  "Audit of Novia University of Applied Sciences 2012"

The most important goal is to support our students' progress into quality- and environmentally conscious skilled citizens who can take sustainability into consideration in their future roles.

The documentation follows the structure of the quality management standard ISO 9001.In that we have implemented the demands from the environmental management system, EMS standard ISO 14001 and the safety management system standard OHSAS 18001. The policy, implementation and operation, checking and management review includes the demands for quality as well as environment and safety. Special demands from the EMS are planning: environmental aspects, significant aspects, sustainability objectives and programmes. For the legal and other requirement we also have to know how these apply to our environmental aspects and evaluate them for compliance, for example: waste disposal.

Sustainable development and education for sustainable development

The economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of SD are linked to all course work. Det Norske Veritas, who audits our management system, considers this integration a strong asset. Some examples of how SD has been incorporated in the curriculum: study modules in sustainability worth 3 or 5 credit points is part of most degree programmes, SD is integrated in R&D, continuing education of the personnel, course description includes the heading "sustainability aspects" stating briefly how sustainability themes are dealt with in the course and during their practice placements students also observe their work environment from the sustainability point of view.

For measuring ESD we have asked every Head of the degree programmes to answer which relevant aspects of SD for the profession they have in the curricula and how it is taken into account. We also have question about how well SD is integrated at our university in internal surveys to students and personnel.

We have continuing education for the personnel during which the entire personnel are involved in choosing goals for their unit. All units have their own goals for promoting SD. At the intranet of the university is a box for the SD tip of the week, which is written by the students and the personnel.

The external auditor's positive reflections of how well SD is implemented, works as positive feedback to the personnel.

Contact persons

Head of Quality Assurance, Vaasa
Bror Nordman

E-mail: bror.nordman@novia.fi
Telephone: +358 (0)50 517 0541
Environmental coordinator, Turku
Tove Holm

(who can be contacted about the environmental aspects of our university)
E-mail: tove.holm@novia.fi
Telephone: +358 (0)44 762 3115