Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) is a multidisciplinary, workplace-orientated higher education institution. HAMK offers 27 Bachelor’s degree programmes, 10 Master’s degree programmes and professional teacher education. Ten of the degree programmes are taught in English. HAMK’s seven campuses are situated centrally in the greater Helsinki metropolitan area of southern Finland.
HAMK’s roots stretch back to 1840, when agricultural education began at the Mustiala Campus. The Evo Campus, meanwhile, is Finland’s oldest school of forestry. It was founded in 1862 and is still operating today, surrounded by its 1800 hectares of observational forest. At the end of the 19th century, Fredrika Wetterhoff founded in Hämeenlinna a handicrafts school which taught weaving and sewing and trained teachers. Horticulture education, meanwhile, began in the manor surroundings of the Lepaa Campus in 1910. Later on, in the 1950s and the following decades, the technical, healthcare and commercial institutes in Forssa, Hämeenlinna, Riihimäki and Valkeakoski were established to meet the region’s educational needs. The School of Professional Teacher Education is rooted in the earlier tradition of teacher education in Hämeenlinna that started in 1959.