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University of Vaasa
Vaasan yliopisto
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RectorJari Kuusisto
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Wolffintie 34, FIN-65101 Vaasa, Finland
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The academic library Tritonia on a sunny November day in 2010.

The University of Vaasa (Finnish: Vaasan yliopisto, Swedish: Vasa universitet) is a multidisciplinary, business-oriented university in Vaasa, Finland. The campus of the university is situated by the Gulf of Bothnia adjacent to downtown Vaasa. The university has evolved from a school of economics founded in 1968 to a university consisting of four different schools: The School of Accounting and Finance, The School of Management, The School of Marketing and Communications and the School of Technology and Innovations. Philosophy and Faculty of Technology. University of Vaasa is one of the largest business universities in Finland. The university has personnel of around 500 which includes a teaching staff of 180 and 54 professors. Around 5000 students are currently studying in various degree programs at the university.[1]

A modern marble arch in front of the university's main entrance.
Part of the university is housed in a former cotton mill. This part is called Fabriikki.
Part of the main building called Tervahovi photographed from the universitys parking lot.
The campus area of University of Vaasa is sometimes called the most beautiful campus in Finland.
The former cotton mill has been extensively rebuilt on the inside to house parts of the university.


In 1966 the Council of State made the decision to establish a School of Economics and Business Administration in Vaasa, and so Vaasa got its first institution of higher education which the region of Vaasa had worked for since the 1940s. The very next year the first students started their studies; 90 business and 60 correspondence students. The first principal to be chosen for the school was Tryggve Saxén and the first vice principal was Mauri Palomäki, who later would become the longest serving principal the school has seen so far. The lectures were first held in a yard building of Vaasa Commercial College in Raastuvankatu street, but in its second year the school moved into the whole house as the commercial college moved to a new building.[2]

In 1977 the school became a state institution along with all other academic institutions in Finland.

In 1980 education in Humanities (languages) began and so the school became a "School of higher education" (in Finland the term is "Korkeakoulu"). In 1983 studies in the Social Sciences began and in 1990 Technology studies began in connection with Helsinki University of Technology. In 1991 it changed its name to University of Vaasa. In 1992 the school was organised into four faculties; The Humanities, Business Administration, Accounting and Industrial Management, and Social Sciences. In 1994 the university moved into its new premises on Palosaari. The university got the right to award master's degrees in Technology in 2004.[3] In 2010 the university also reorganized its faculties to three, namely Faculty of Business Studies, Faculty of Technology and Faculty of Philosophy which includes previous faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2018 the university reorganized its structure again. Instead of three faculties, the University of Vaasa has four different schools: the School of Accounting and Finance, the School of Management, the School of Marketing and Communication studies and the School of Technology and Innovations.[4]


The university can be found in the neighbourhood of Palosaari beside the city's old cotton mill, which also houses part of the university. Each building has its own name, like the main building of "Tervahovi" (English: Pinetar Court) and the governing building of "Luotsi" (English: Pilot). These buildings were finished in 1994 and planned in the spirit of the former county architect Carl Axel Setterberg who planned most of Vaasa's public buildings in 1860. The part of the university placed in the old mill is called "Fabriikki" (English: Factory). There is also the academic library of Tritonia, which the university shares with the other academic institutions in the city, and the laboratory of Technobothnia, which is shared with the city's two universities of applied sciences. The whole campus is near the waterfront and surrounded by park areas. It is sometimes called the most beautiful campus in Finland.


There are fours schools at the University of Vaasa:[5]

  • School of Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Public Law
    • Public Management
    • Regional Studies
    • Social and Health Management
    • Strategic Management
  • School of Accounting and Finance
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Business Law
    • Economics
  • School of Marketing and Communications
    • Communication studies
    • International Business
    • Marketing
  • School of Technology and Innovations
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Electrical Engineering and Energy Technology
    • Computer Science
    • Production

Education and research[edit]

The University of Vaasa is a business oriented and multi-disciplinary university. It offers education possibilities on the following levels:[6]

  • Bachelor's programmes
  • Master's programmes
  • Doctoral programmes
  • Open University
  • Continuing education
  • Studies for exchange students

The strategic areas of research are management and change, energy and sustainable development and financing and economic decision making.


  • Levón Institute - Centre for Continuing Education and Research[7]
  • Linginno - Language Centre[8]
  • Tritonia - Academic Library, Vaasa[9]
  • Technobotnia - Research Centre[10]
  • Vaasa Energy Institute[11]
  • Vaasan Yliopiston Ylioppilaskunta - Student Union of Vaasa University[12]


  • Tryggve Saxén 1968–1970
  • Mauri Palomäki 1970–1987
  • Ilkka Virtanen 1987–1994
  • Ari Salminen 1994–1998
  • Matti Jakobsson 1998–2014
  • Suvi Ronkainen 2015–17
  • Jari Kuusisto 2015–2017 (Acting rector)
  • Jari Kuusisto 2017-

Honorary doctorates[edit]


  • Heribert Picht
  • Jaakko Numminen
  • George Foster
  • Bengt Holmström
  • Jaakko Lassila
  • Mauri Palomäki
  • Martti Ulkuniemi


  • Brainard Guy Peters
  • Vappu Taipale
  • Joaquim Arnau
  • Hartwig Kalverkämper
  • Jean-François Hennart
  • Matti Ilmari
  • Baruch Lev
  • Matti Sundberg


  • Esko Aho
  • Christopher Pollitt
  • Juhani Turunen
  • Pirkko Nuolijärvi
  • Sauli Takala
  • John Vikström
  • Chris Brewster
  • Eero Lehti
  • Robert W. Scapens
  • Pentti Malaska
  • Dušan Malindžák
  • Heikki Miilumäki



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Facts & Figures: Facts". www.univaasa.fi. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  2. ^ Katajamäki, Hannu (1997). Oman alueensa yliopisto - Vaasan yliopiston kolme vuosikymmentä. Vaasa: University of Vaasa. ISBN 951-683-702-6.
  3. ^ "History". History. the University of Vaasa. 2016-09-12.
  4. ^ "News: University of Vaasa launching a new organizational structure". News. the University of Vaasa. 2018-01-02.
  5. ^ http://www.uva.fi/en/about/organisation/faculties/ Schools - University of Vaasa
  6. ^ "Education". www.uva.fi. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  7. ^ "Levón Institute". www.uva.fi. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  8. ^ "Language Centre Linginno".
  9. ^ Tritonia. "Startpage - The Tritonia Academic Library, Vaasa". www.tritonia.fi. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  10. ^ "Welcome to Technobothnia » Technobothnia". www.technobothnia.fi. Retrieved 2016-09-08.
  11. ^ "Vaasa Energy Institute". Vaasa Energy Institute - A Cluster of Energy Experts. Vaasa Energy Institute. 2016-09-02.
  12. ^ "Services for students". Services for students. Student Union of Vaasa University. 2016-09-02.

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Coordinates: 63°06′20″N 21°35′34″E / 63.10552°N 21.59286°E / 63.10552; 21.59286