LAB University of Applied Sciences

LAB University of Applied Sciences is a higher education institution focusing on innovation, business and industry. It operates in Lahti and Lappeenranta and also provides education online.

The strengths of this higher education institution specialising in innovation include the circular economy, design, the commercialisation of innovations and service innovations for health and well-being.

LAB have over 8 500 students, making it the sixth largest university of applied sciences in Finland.

LAB offers a variety of high quality Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programmes in Health Care and Social Services, Technology, Business, Tourism and Hospitality, as well as Design and Fine Arts.

Facts and figures

Year Established 2020
Total Number of Staff 500
Number of Academic Staff 450
Number of Students 8500
Focus Areas

SUSTAINABILITY - Sustainable material cycles
• Technical and biological loops
• Resource efficiency
• Sustainable community
• Systemic approaches to the circular economy

INNOVATIONS - Solutions for growth-oriented business
• Experimental development ecosystems for innovations
• Business design and thick value
• Renewing and evolving entrepreneurship
• New radical initiatives

DESIGN - Designing sustainable solutions
• Designing sustainable products, services and environments
• Smart human-driven design and communication
• Design for behaviour change
• Arts for radical renewal

HEALTH - New service innovations and solutions
• Well-being from physical activity and the living environment
• Social inclusion and safety in everyday life
• Health promotion and smart self-care
• Efficient service chains

Web link for international students
Fields of Study Offered Fine arts
Audio-visual techniques and media production
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Environmental science
Computing (broad programmes)
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Materials (wood, paper, plastic, glass)
Health (broad programmes)
Social services (broad programmes)
Hotel, restaurant and catering
Travel, tourism and leisure