South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Xamk is focused on wellbeing, technology and creative industries. The campuses are located in Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Kouvola and Kotka.
Xamk offers over 70 degree programmes, which can be completed in a flexible manner and some entirely online. In addition to degree programmes, Xamk has the most comprehensive offering of open UAS courses in Finland, new micro-courses and a wide selection of options for further education and training.
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences also focuses on RDI projects, which aim to promote economic growth, especially in South Savo and Kymenlaakso. The goal is to support existing companies and to foster entrepreneurship. There are approximately 250 ongoing projects annually.
Educational partnership with RPA
Senior Lecturer Katriina Vesala describes how Xamk started its RPA partnership: “We had already worked with Staria in the field of education. In 2017, Xamk was one of the first educational institutions that started the RPA partnership with Staria in the StaRPA Academy program. In the beginning of 2020, we decided to expand the partnership to also include the automation of the organization’s processes.”
Finance Manager Satu Rask states that the idea of utilizing RPA was based on personal interest. “I participated in a one-day training session, where I got more information about the topic and received ideas on how to implement software robotics within an organization and a unit.”
“As the accounting workload increased, we discussed how to make our current processes more efficient and automated instead of hiring new personnel. We wanted to free up our accountants’ time for more significant tasks”, Rask describes.