LAB University of Applied Sciences operates in Lahti and Lappeenranta, and also provides education online. The strengths of this higher education institution specialising in innovation include the circular economy, design, the commercialisation of innovations and service innovations for health and well-being.
LAB has over 8 500 students, making it the sixth largest university of applied sciences in Finland.
LAB represents the vision and operating culture of the new university of applied sciences focusing on innovation, business and industry. It depicts an active approach where different people and experts create something new together with business enterprises. The new name is easy to pronounce in both Finnish and English and establishes a link to the LUT Group.
Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences merged end of the year of 2019, establishing a completely new institution: the LAB University of Applied Sciences. LAB started its operation on 1 January 2020.