The University of Vaasa
Through high-quality research and education, the University of Vaasa creates sustainable solutions for the needs of the future. Their community supports individual development and creates the framework for success – today and in the future. They offer high-quality and relevant education in the fields of business, technology, administration and communication. Their multidisciplinary research programmes and strong disciplinary expertise provide an impactful research and learning environment that serves society and brings together business, management and technology experts.
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
As VEBIC aims at applied solutions, piloting and testing new concepts are vital in this process. For this purpose, a unique infrastructure has been built up. The fuels, engine, smart grid and PAC laboratories are an essential part of the academic and research activities at the University of Vaasa. Important actors such as manufacturers of engines and power plants, automation companies and electrical engineering enterprises are located in the region and the laboratories allow close collaboration with the university and its research teams.
The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive at their maritime campus located close to the city centre. The University of Vaasa embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities for all staff members. 30 percent of their research and teaching staff come from outside of Finland. The students, researchers and other staff members represent more than 80 different nationalities.
Based on the results of our 2019 occupational wellbeing survey, the strengths of their community were perceived to be the work of supervisors and the university's community spirit in particular. They offer the opportunity to build a successful university career in an international science university.
The University of Vaasa is well positioned to interact actively with the surrounding society – internationally, nationally and regionally.
The university is important to its region, just as the region is important to the university. The university operates at the heart of EnergyVaasa, the leading energy and environmental technology competence center in the Nordic countries. EnergyVaasa includes over 160 companies, several of which are global market leaders and employs over 12,000 experts from over 120 nations. Important partners in the surrounding region also includes the business community and municipalities, other universities and polytechnics, and the university consortiums in Seinäjoki and Kokkola.
In the Vaasa region, beautiful nature and urban city life can be easily combined. Everything in the Vaasa region is close by, and moving from one sort of atmosphere and experience to another is effortless. Vaasa has excellent connections and it is easy to reach. The airport is only 10 minutes from the centre of Vaasa.