The largest commercial degree programme co-operation in Finnish history to Kenya

EduExcellence Oy, a Finnish global education service provider company, and Kenyan government together with Skill Dove Ltd.,  have agreed on the execution on-demand degree programmes in Laurea and Metropolia Universities of Applied Sciences, and Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia. Implementation consist of  Nursing and Physiotherapy BA degrees in Laurea, Information Technology BA degree in Metropolia, and Practical Nurse vocational qualification in Gradia. 

The request in health sector, especially in nursing, is very strong in Kenya. The new degree groups are historically large in both training organisations, consisting almost 450 students in the first cohort, and the size of the first phase of operation is over 10 M€. Many students are seeking for opportunities to be educated in Europe, and now especially in Finland. Also, many of them wants to stay for work after graduation, thus majority will develop the Kenyan society by their upskilled profession. The implementation can also contribute to the shortage of skills and labor force in Finland, further intensify co-operation with work places in the regions from the perspective of future needs and issues of work-related immigration.

The majority of the students comes from the county of Uasin Gishu in Kenya. The Governor of the county H.E. Mr. Jackson Mandago has been the primus motor to realise the co-operation. Laurea is the partner executing the tailored on-demand Nursing and Physiotherapy degree programmes, and Metropolia is responsible for Information Technology programme. Majority of the students are already selected and the process will start with a pathway package concentrating on the Finnish language and culture training. 

Mr. Jouni Koski, President and CEO of Laurea University of Applied Sciences, is very impressed with the significant education export cooperation with the Uasin Gishu Provincial Government of Kenya. “This co-operation project offers an equal opportunity for students from different backgrounds to study in Finland and Laurea, as well as to achieve a prestigious Finnish degree in nursing or in physiotherapy in Kenya, when the provincial administration invests for both university students' studies and housing. The experts of our university have praised the high level of competence of those who took the entrance exams, so we believe that they will be excellent in their studies. At Laurea we want to serve and support university students coming to Finland in their studies in the best possible way ”, Koski says.

“This agreement perfectly combines many important things. The student acquires high-level Finnish technological know-how and thereby acquires professional skills that can be used for employment in an international field. This is a significant opening for Finnish society in terms of exporting high know-how, where a small country has a great chance of success, ”says Ms. Riitta Konkola, President and CEO of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia educates in the Practical Nurse vocational programme. This is a ground-breaking and unique execution since the legislation in global education took force in the beginning 2022. 

“We look forward to the launch of this partnership project. The Finnish way of implementing vocational training in co-operation with working life has aroused interest in the world. At Gradia, we want to be a pioneer in the export of vocational education, and thus we are implementing a Finnish education export strategy. We are convinced that we will have students from Kenya who are motivated and enthusiastic about learning, who will return to their home country to develop local working life with the latest lessons. At the same time, through international encounters, we are strengthening our own skills as a provider of vocational training and as an international expert”, rejoices Principal Pirjo Kauhanen from Gradia Jyväskylä.

Business operations has been dealth with Skill Dove Ltd. whos contribution to agreements has been essential. ”This is fully commercial operation without any financial subvention from Finnish side. The local government wants to invest to the human capital to be able to get world-class trained work force and to develop the local education system in future. We are really looking forward to have a long-lasting co-operation with Kenya”, says Mr. Jan-Markus Holm, CEO of EduExcellence Ltd.


About EduExcellence: EduExcellence is a global education service provider of three major metropolitan-area universities of applied sciences, 3AMK (Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia) in Finland. Founded in 2017, EduExcellence has development programs not only in Africa but also in China, Asia, Arabic Gulf, and Latin America. EduExcellence represents the extensive and diverse expertise of 3AMK in the global market. There are 35000 students and 2500 staff members in 3AMK. More on