19 November 2015 | EQAF Paper

Self-evaluation as an effective tool in establishing quality management at the University of Helsinki

Aimo Virtanen and Nina Aremo


The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) is the organization responsible for quality assessment in Finland. The UH passed an international audit performed in 2014–2015. The most important document produced as a part of the audit process is a self-evaluation report. It was prepared in eight workshops, each taking part with 15 to 25 members. The self-evaluation was documented according to the guidelines of FINEEC, including both a descriptive and an evaluative part. The biggest challenges included:

- Describing issues honestly without being false or too positive
- Noticing problems and searching for solutions
- Using the input from the workshops in the most beneficial way
- Constructing a realistic picture of the University and its units and activities
The self-evaluation helped the audit team to find the University’s strengths and make recommendations for further development.


This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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