The University of Vaasa
“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 in the most beautiful campus in Finland.”
The University of Vaasa prides itself with a good atmosphere and strong community spirit. “Our size is one of our assets: we work in a tight-knit community, where we support and encourage each other. The University of Vaasa recognizes the importance of well-being and community spirit among personnel as a contributing factor to its success.”
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 recruitment of researchers and safeguarding good working conditions. “By endorsing the principles, we also contribute to the development of the European researcher area (ERA) and an open labor market for researchers.”
International working culture
The University of Vaasa embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities for all staff members. More than 25 % of its Research and Teaching staff come from outside of Finland. “You will notice this as soon as you set foot on campus. Our 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 a coastal city with almost 70,000 inhabitants and enjoys a position at the forefront of flourishing urban regions. Vaasa has the leading energy technology cluster in the Nordic countries with several global market leaders, and employing 11,000 persons in energy sector.
Life in Vaasa is hassle-free. Commutes are short, and one does not waste one’s time sitting in traffic jams. One can cycle or take the bus. Vaasa is a compact city, so cycling routes are short.
Vaasa has good transport links: Helsinki is three hours by train from Vaasa, and flights operate to the capital and further afield. There is also a ferry service to Umeå. Nature is close at hand, whether one lives right in the center of the city or nearby.
“Perhaps one reason Vaasa's residents are so happy is that life here is easy and high in quality. The Vaasa region has a lot to offer, whether you value the urban hustle and bustle or a life in touch with nature.”