Communal and International

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, VAMK, educates international experts for the business sector. VAMK is a multidisciplinary and international university providing education in Finnish and English. We also provide research, development and innovation activities where our students solve real projects from the business sector as part of our teaching.

VAMK offers education in bachelor's and master's degree programmes. Cooperation with working life is an essential part of studying.

Mission, vision and values

Our ambition to be an interesting and creative partner, a link between the world of work and students, is crystallised in our vision and mission. We promote skills and know-how as well as development work that is based on the needs of the world of work. This requires enthusiasm, innovation, courage and ability to solve.



VAMK in a nutshell



Oy Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu – Vasa yrkeshögskola Ab

Oy Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu – Vasa yrkeshögskola Ab (VAMK) is owned by the City of Vaasa, the University of Vaasa and Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce.

The supreme decision-making power of the limited liability company is exercised by the general meeting of shareholders, where the shareholders exercise their power based on the number of votes of their ownership share. The Board of Directors, in accordance with the Companies Act, is responsible for the company’s governance and the appropriate organisation of the company’s operations. VAMK's Rector also acts as the CEO of the company, supported by the management group.

Board members for the period 2018–2019

  • Representing the City of Vaasa, Christina Knookala (Chair of the Board)
  • Sture Erickson
  • Jasmin Granholm
  • Susanna Koski
  • Sirpa Sainio
  • Representing the University of Vaasa, Jari Kuusisto
  • Representing Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce, Johanna Kakkuri
  • Student representative, Henri Torsti
  • Employee representative, Päivi Auranen


Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, VAMK, started its operations as a temporary university of applied sciences on 1 August 1996. It was based on five educational institutions: Vaasa Technical College, Vaasa Commercial College, Vaasa Hotel and Restaurant College, Vaasa Health Care College, and Vaasa Home Economics and Social Services College.

During the experimental phase, the educational institutions were merged and, at the time of establishment, the Vaasa Technical College, the Vaasa Business and Hotel Institute and the Vaasa Social and Health Care College remained. The educational institutions have a long tradition before merging: Vaasa has offered education in commerce and business for over 100 years and health care education for 25 years. Technical experts have been educated in Vaasa since 1849.

With the exception of the Technical College, the institutions were divided into the university of applied sciences and secondary educational institutions in connection with the establishment on 1 August 1999. Technology and Transport, Business and Tourism, and Social and Health Care sectoral units were formed at VAMK. In connection with the establishment, VAMK's strengths were identified as multidisciplinarity, multilingualism, internationality and high technological competence.

VAMK's operations were transformed into a limited liability company from the beginning of 2010. Oy Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu – Vasa yrkeshögskola Ab is owned by the City of Vaasa, the University of Vaasa and Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce.

Hallitus 2018-2019




The general administration of Oy Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu-Vasa yrkeshögskola Ab (VAMK) is managed by the Board of Directors and the Rector. The university of applied sciences has technology, business, and social services and health care disciplinary units, an administrative unit and the MUOVA design centre.

High-quality operations

The aim of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences is to provide both students and staff with a good working environment and to act as a partner to the business life of the region to promote expertise. Quality belongs to everyone and is part of every VAMK employee's working day – students, teachers, research and development staff, support staff and management.
In order to develop our education, we receive feedback from students on individual courses and the entire degree programme. Representatives of the world of work influence the planning of education through close thesis and traineeship cooperation, and matters of importance to working life are discussed in the respective advisory boards of each field of education. In order to develop teaching, every teacher also has the opportunity for international and domestic networking, project activities and further training. Senior management acts as a steering group for quality work and decides on the content of the quality policy and significant policies affecting quality. We strive for continuous operational improvement through self-assessments and management reviews.

The core content of quality management is available to all VAMK employees in the form of an electronic operations manual, in which the objectives, functions and actors and their responsibilities are tangibly and clearly defined. Action plans, process descriptions and feedback systems, as well as periodic self-assessments, link the quality system to the goals, operations and operational guidance of the university.

The quality assurance system of Vaasa University of Applied Sciences passed the international quality system audit by the Higher Education Evaluation Council in 2015, and the audit is valid for six years. In Finland, the Higher Education Evaluation Council acts as an independent expert body whose task is to assist higher education institutions and the Ministry of Education in the evaluation of higher education institutions, thereby improving the quality of higher education.

In 2015, our quality system passed the international evaluation. Our strengths include clear strategic goals, diverse evaluation processes, and involvement of staff, students and partners in operational development.




VAMK campus

The VAMK campus is located on the Palosaari higher education campus, within walking distance from the centre of Vaasa. The Technobothnia education and research laboratory, the Tritonia science library, the Muova design centre and the Alere learning centre of social services and health care are located on Palosaari. The University of Vaasa and Yrkeshögskolan Novia are also on the same campus.

The campus, recognised as the most beautiful campus in Finland, is home to 10,000 higher education students.

Research and teaching laboratory Technobothnia

Technobothnia is the leading educational technical laboratory in the Nordic. Built inside the historic Finlayson cotton mill the laboratories are owned together by VAMK, Yrkeshögskolan Novia and the University of Vaasa. We cooperate closely with Vaasa regions global companies and this gives our student’s the advantage of being the first to get their hands on the newest generations of 3D printers and robots. Collaborative projects with companies are central to the learning process.

Learning centre Alere

Alere is the joint learning centre for VAMK and Yrkeshögskolan Novia social and health care students on the Palosaari campus. Renovated to meet the demands of modern education, Alere offers students, in addition to comfortable facilities, joint teaching and teacher exchange between Finnish and Swedish courses.

Science library and learning centre Tritonia

Tritonia, the joint higher education library in Vaasa, is a great place not only for obtaining course literature, but also for self-study and group work. Best of all, you can relax your eyes with ocean views every now and then.

Student restaurants

There are numerous student restaurants on campus, where students get the so-called meal support; a basic meal can be obtained as cheaply as around one euro. The discount can be obtained by presenting a student card or other certificate approved by Kela. The student restaurants also offer cafeteria services.

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