Lahti University of Applied Sciences was established in the year of 1992. It was located in Southern Finland, 100km from the capital of Helsinki. In spite of the recent year of foundation, the educational tradition represented currently by Lahti UAS dates back as far as to the 1890s. Throughout the history, the aim of the predecessors of Lahti UAS was to educate professionals for the needs of the working life; this is also the main purpose of Lahti UAS today. Lahti University of Applied Sciences is a member of the Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences (FUAS). FUAS is the largest strategic federation of universities of applied sciences in Finland promoted by the Ministry of Education. LUAS was owned by the municipalities of Lahti region through the Lahti Region Educational Consortium and an independent commercial undertaking within the Consortium. The head of the University was President, Outi Kallioinen. LUAS is a regional centre of expertise with over 5,000 students and approximately 400 full-time teaching staff. Annually LUAS employs about 70 part-time teachers from other academic institutions, business and industry. LUAS operates in the fields of business, design and communication, fine arts, music, hospitality management, social and health care, technology and engineering and technology. LUAS has over 20 degree programmes with over 40 specialisation lines. R&D comprises of creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase knowledge, including for personal, cultural and social knowledge. This knowledge is used to devise new applications. At Lahti UAS applied research and experimental development are the main focus and basic research has a minor role. The Ministry of Education and Culture has established the Open Science and Research Initiative (OSRI) for 2014-2017, which aims to promote the availability of open research information and open publication procedures. Finland vision for 2017 is: "Open research leads to surprising discoveries and creative insights.