The University of Vaasa
“The Business and technology driven University of Vaasa educates responsible leaders and experts for the needs of the future”, says Rector Jari Kuusisto. ”Our research produces solutions that matter and that match the global challenges. Focus areas are management and change, energy and sustainable development, and finance and economic decision-making. Our 5,400 students and 500 employees thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland.”
The university prides itself with a good atmosphere and strong community spirit, which the university sees as contributing factors to the university’s success. The well-being of staff, working conditions and career development possibilities are promoted in many ways, and monitored regularly e.g. by using well-being surveys.
An excellent working environment for research
The University of Vaasa has been awarded the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo in recognition of its development work and commitment to the European Commission's principles regarding the implementation of fair and equal opportunity in the recruitment and appraisal procedures for researchers. By endorsing the principles, the University of Vaasa wants to contribute to the development of the European researcher area (ERA) and an open labor market for researchers.
At the university, researchers have access to two laboratories, which are equipped with modern and latest scientific instruments for conducting experiments and constructing models or prototypes.
Technobothnia - Research and development laboratory
Technobothnia is a wide-ranging laboratory unit which serves as a channel of cooperation between educational institutions, enterprises and other research institutes and technology centers in Finland. It has 25 specialized laboratories of different expertise in a total area of approximately 8000 square meters. Some of the laboratories include e.g. the following:
- Construction Engineering laboratory
- Energy Technology and Smart Grid laboratory
- Environmental laboratory
- Electrical laboratories
- Infomation Technology laboratories
- Mechanical Engineering laboratories
- Virtual and Augmented Reality laboratory
VEBIC laboratories are comprised of engine and fuel laboratories which are equipped to carry out a wide range of research into energy technologies and different fuels. These laboratories work in close cooperation with more than 30 partner companies and organisations. The VEBIC laboratories are equipped with cutting-edge technical and scientific instruments in a total area of 3268 square meters. The laboratories are in regular use for carrying out international research at the highest level, conducted by research professors, researchers and doctoral students.
International working culture
The University of Vaasa embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities for all staff members. 30 percent of its Research and Teaching staff come from outside of Finland. The students, researchers and other staff members represent more than 80 different nationalities.
“The most beautiful campus in Finland”
The Fulbright-University of Vaasa Scholar will work on a beautiful campus on the coast, right next to the city center. The grounds of the campus area contain a historic red-brick cotton factory and light, airy new buildings, with windows looking out over a beautiful marine landscape.
The campus is also home to several other institutes of higher education. The Palosaari campus employs a total of 900 people, and there are 10,000 students.
The Vaasa Region
Vaasa is an urban coastal city in western Finland. The Vaasa region is a source of jobs and centre of culture and commerce for more than 110,000 inhabitants. Vaasa has a leading energy technology cluster in the Nordic countries with over 140 companies, several of which are global market leaders and employing over 11,000 experts from over 120 nations in the energy sector. The local universities, businesses and municipalities are cooperating closely. The region is widely recognized as highly innovative. Long traditions in energy technology of the region have led to today’s strong research expertise.
There are plenty of free-time activities available for all tastes. Nature is close at hand and the city center is just minutes away from the seaside, with stunning views that can be enjoyed e.g. on foot, by bike or by boat. Just a little further away one can locate the UNESCO World Natural Heritage scenery of the Kvarken archipelago, as well as the fertile flatlands of the Ostrobothnian countryside.
Vaasa has good transportation links: Helsinki is three hours by train from Vaasa, and flights operate to the capital and further afield. There is also regular a ferry service to Umeå, Sweden.