University of Vaasa

The University of Vaasa educates responsible leaders and experts for international assignments.

The fields of the university are
  • Administrative Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Languages and Communication
  • Technology
The strategic areas of the University of Vaasa are finance, management, energy andmultilingualism. These strategic areas are multidisciplinary themes in teaching and research, which we have chosen and on which we focus in particular.

Our research is strongly connected to our time and we produce scientific knowledge of high quality about issues which are useful for society and the business world. We respond to modern demands by also providing our students with skills for international tasks and business competence. The strength of our university is the community spirit which promotes multidisciplinary studies and prepares graduates for tasks requiring responsibility in working life.
Our Mission Vows
The graduates of the University of Vaasa are internationally oriented experts and leaders. The University’s research produces new knowledge for managing organizations and processes as well as for developing modern and sustainable operational models.

Vision 2013–2016
The University of Vaasa is a business oriented university that is internationally and nationally successful and an efficiently networked institution of research and education.
The field of Administrative Sciences is among the top three in Finland. We concentrate on the ethics of administration and strengthen the field's comprehensive competence in public administration and the role of the field in the Management Institute.

The field of Business Studies will entrench its position among the best three units in Finland and strengthen its international activity, research, and postgraduate education.
The strength of Languages and Communication are language immersion and language for special purposes. We will respond to organizations’ communication needs and will be a leading educator in languages and communication profiled in language immersion. Language immersion research will be international. In our education we will strengthen business competence and local cooperation with schools of higher education.

Within the field of Technology the emphasis lies on diversified energy production. The field of technology will reinforce its position among the most important actors in the field of energy research and education. We will develop education, research and laboratories as well as utilize diversely the competed research funding.

The maritime campus of the University of Vaasa is located in Palosaari which is a short walk away from the city centre. In continental style, the university is situated in the city. A pleasant and cohesive campus brings students from different disciplines together and student life characterizes the streets. Three tertiary educational institutions, 12 000 students, and student accommodations are concentrated in Palosaari.

In Vaasa, students study in a unique environment. The same area houses the historic old red-brick cotton factory and fresh bright new buildings.
The oldest part, Fabriikki, was built in Manchester style with its neo-gothic towers and brick surfaces when Commercial Counselor A.A. Levón founded the northernmost cotton mill here in 1856. The laboratory building of Technobothnia, the administrative building Konttori and the picturesque wooden residences of the old cotton mill workers ”Puuvillatalot” which are now occupied by students, all breathe history.

The new buildings Tervahovi and Luotsi designed by Käpy and Simo Paavilainen were completed in 1994. The campus area’s new constructions also include the Tritonia Academic Library which is shared by five tertiary educational institutions and Domus Bothnica, the student union house which were completed during the first decade of 2000.
At present, complementary construction work on the campus area is under planning.