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An ammattikorkeakoulu (yrkeshögskola in Swedish, polytechnic or university of applied sciences in English), abbreviated amk, is a Finnish institution of higher education. The term literally means "school of higher vocational education". Although the Finnish Ministry of Education recommends the English term "polytechnic", Unlike universities, AMKs focus on R&D by applying previous knowledge rather than producing new research, on the other hand they have a very clearly legislated objective in regional development. As such, keeping in mind that there is mandatory five-month practical training for all students, AMKs may prove to be a good platform for dispersing applied knowledge throughout higher education. AMKs provide professionals for locally important purposes and are governed by the city, although they receive most of the funding from the state. No tuition fees are collected.

AMKs have been until just recently granting only tertiary degrees (3–4 years) that are specialized to the particular vocations (e.g. insinööri, translated into English as Bachelor of Engineering); in kind they are different from but in level comparable to academic bachelor's degrees, which are awarded by...
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