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There is no intake to this programme since 2011.  


Objective of the Degree programme
The objective of the Degree Programme in Tourism is to provide both Finnish and international students with a high quality, practical yet academic training in tourism management. The programme emphasises the development of skills needed in managing activity and nature tourism services. In addition, a wide range of related subjects such as marketing, financing, accommodation services, business activities, product development and human resource management are also covered. Language studies also play a major role. Upon completion of the required 210 credits within three and a half years, graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Hospitality
Learning Enviroment
The learning environment at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences actively encourages the achievement of the
stated objective by providing:
  • A programme that is both responsive and flexible to the needs of students
  • A programme that is both challenging yet supportive 
  • A truly international atmosphere, achieved through the Kajaani UAS’ extensive links with partner colleges abroad 
  • Co-operation with a network of local businesses and other tourism interest groups 
  • Professional highly qualified staff with experience in the tourism sector
Degree Programme in Tourism covers five main competences which are:

  • understands that hospitality is one of the central values and success factors of the sector. 
  • can provide healthy, safe and profitable services which promote customers’ wellbeing. 
  • can take aesthetic and ethical perspectives into account when providing services (premises, service products, communications). 
  • is familiar with the principles of consumer behaviour and can make use of them in developing services.

Service systems 

  • can plan, produce and develop services to suit the needs of the operating environment.
  • can define, manage and evaluate service processes (product planning, profitability, and organisation, management and development of work)
  • can develop services using product development and commodification methods 
  • is aware of the safety requirements for the sector and can apply them to his/her own work.

Service management 

  • knows and understands company strategies and can make use of them in managing service operations.
  • can plan, implement and evaluate his/her own and the department’s daily supervisory management activities.
  • can organise a work community and make use of the skills of individuals, teams and communities.

Business know-how 

  • can analyse customer relationships from the point of view of service development.
  • understands the main concepts of business and has internalised the principles of a commercial approach.
  • can predict the effect of alternative operating methods on financial results and competitiveness. 
  •  can apply the principles of entrepreneurship, both as an entrepreneur and as an employee.
  • can operate in, make use of and develop various kinds of networks.

Service environments for tourism

  • can develop service environments and networks related to leisure and business travel.
  • understands the significance of internationalisation, globalisation and different cultures for services and their development. 
  • can work in various international operating environments. 
  • can benefit from applying the characteristics of national cultures in developing tourism.
  • can develop regional strengths and improve regional influence in tourism


Learning Strategies
Because of the nature of the programme, the learning strategies employed to achieve its objectives are varied;
depending on the subject they may include: lectures, field trips, outings, seminars, individual tutorials, workshops, case study, group work, project work, research and video conferencing.

The language of instruction is English and the courses are taught by Kajaani University of Applied Sciences’ own academic staff and a resource of guest lecturers from various partner institutions in Europe, plus business professionals drawn from firms who are involved in international business and who maintain contacts with Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. Through the use of various tutorial approaches, sessions are designed to ensure that students can fully exercise their creative potential and that critical learning is facilitated. This is why interactive learning, team-based course work and small group sessions form an important element of the learning process of the Degree Programme in Tourism.
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