Taideyliopisto PL30, 00097, Helsinki, Finland
The University of the Arts Helsinki launched on 1 January 2013 when the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy Helsinki merged. The three academies have equal educational contents and cultural weight, and the community provides a broad ground for exciting artistic creations and explorations in music, theatre, dance, and fine arts. In 2014 there were altogether 1985 students and 691 full time personnel in the University of the Arts Helsinki.
The active participants of the HEISE project work for the department of the Arts Management located in the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The Arts Management department educates arts management professionals to bring together the arts, art, audience and society in a productive manner that enriches everybody’s life. The Arts Management education provides skills and competences for the future arts management professional to lead projects, productions and organizations in public, private and the third sector. During the studies the students are able to create international and national networks that will be an essential resource for the future successful career in arts management.
The three academies of the University of the Arts Helsinki are active in various networks in their own fields. This solid basis offers possibilities for new forms of interdisciplinary activities and development of the University of the Arts as a whole. Internationalization is a strategic priority of the university and can be seen in every aspect of university’s main operations – in education, artistic activity and research. Artistic activities, instruction and internationality are closely intertwined at the University of the Arts Helsinki. Internationalization is first and foremost a tool for developing the content of the main operations. International activities are organized in each academy and academic field.
The University of the Arts Helsinki has a thorough quality assurance system aiming for smooth operations throughout the organization. Continuous evaluation and development are central parts of the quality system. The aim of quality assurance is to encourage and inspire the university’s members to assume responsibility for the development of their work through successes, attempts, mistakes, and learning. For students, quality assurance means more fluent everyday functions and opportunities to give and receive feedback. For university employees, it means conscious processes and explicit responsibilities.
Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki ranked seventh on a 2016 list of the world’s best performing arts schools. Sibelius Academy was the only Finnish university featured in the top 10. The list was created by QS, whose worldwide university rankings are among the world’s most prestigious. With regard to academic reputation, the Sibelius Academy ranked third immediately after Juilliard and Vienna.