The Council of State granted operating licences to the Finnish universities of applied sciences as of the beginning of year 2014. At the moment, the Act and Statute on Universities of Applied Science is under reform. The Ministry of Education and culture demands all the Finnish universities of applied sciences reform or update their strategies by 2015. Nowadays, the universities of applied sciences are mainly limited companies.
The Board of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences decided on the reform of its strategy in January 2014 and appointed a preparatory steering group. The strategy has been prepared by a steering group of nine people, consisting of representatives of the staff, students and external partners in cooperation of SeAMK. Also the Management Board of SeAMK has discussed the strategy. A strategy workshop, attended by some 70 people, was arranged for listening to the opinions of the staff and students. In addition, a web survey was arranged among the staff and students at the final stage of the preparation of the strategy. The key interest groups have participated in the strategy work.
The key documents in the preparation of the content of the regional educational strategy are the Development Programme for Education and Research 2016 of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the operational licence application of Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, as well as the Development Strategy of the European Union for 2020. The preparation work has been matched with the preparation of the Regional Strategy, the Higher Education Strategy for South Ostrobothnia 2020, and the strategy of the City of Seinäjoki.