Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu VAMK, University of Applied Sciences
Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu
Vasa yrkeshögskola
Motto VAMK Yourself [1] [2]
Established 1996[3]
President Dr Tauno Kekäle [4]
Vice-president Raimo Koivisto
Administrative staff
Students 3,300
Location Vaasa, Finland

Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu VAMK, University of Applied Sciences[5] (Finnish: Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu, Vamk, Swedish: Vasa yrkeshögskola) is an international higher education institution educating Bachelors of Business Administration, Engineering, Hospitality Management and Social Services as well as Registered Nurses and Public Health Nurses in Finnish, Swedish and English for the demanding needs of the working life. VAMK has approximately 3,300 students enrolled and a staff of circa 250 members.

VAMK offers education in three languages in a total of 17 degree programmes. In addition to the Finnish degree programmes, VAMK has three Swedish and three English degree programmes. Close collaboration with the working-life is an essential aspect of learning. A degree taken at the University of Applied Sciences includes theoretical, professional studies, practical training in specialty field and the final thesis.

There are approximately 500 degree students in the ten adult education degree programmes. In the Open University of Applied Sciences you can add onto your professional skills or take degree-oriented studies. VAMK also offers degree programmes leading to a polytechnic Master's degree. Specialisation studies are aimed at those already in the working life to supplement their professional skills. There is also continuing education for businesses and organisations in all fields taught at VAMK.

International profile

Internationality, multilingualism and multiculturalism are an integral part of teaching and everyday activities at VAMK. Yearly about 300 students from abroad, in addition to some 80 exchange students, pursue studies leading to a degree.

Each student can choose to get international experience by taking part of the studies or the practical training abroad. Yearly approximately 150 students of VAMK go abroad.

Modern learning environment

The learning and research premises at VAMK are up-to-date and well-equipped with modern facilities. Two campuses are located in the city centre and Palosaari, within walking distance from each other. Technobothnia, the technology research and teaching laboratory, provides engineering students with an excellent platform to participate in projects introducing the latest technology. The Tritonia academic library and learning centre serves research, education and studying at the institutions of higher education in Vaasa.

Vaasa City

Vaasa city is located by the Gulf of Bothnia in the west of Finland. With 60,000 inhabitants Vaasa is a lively centre for culture, education and tourism. Vaasa is in fact one of the biggest student cities in Finland. In total, the local student population exceeds 12,000 making every fifth person in Vaasa a student of higher education which guarantees diverse services involved in student activities and free time.

Student activity

The student union VAMOK provides spare-time activities, and more importantly, represents the interests of the students in the administration of VAMK.


  1. "About VAMK, University of Applied Sciences!". Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  2. "VAMK official Facebook page". Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  3. "Stimulating Learning Environment". Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  4. "VAMK University of Applied Sciences Organisation". Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  5. "Welcome to VAMK, University of Applied Sciences!". Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. Retrieved 2 January 2009.

Coordinates: 63°05′31″N 21°36′58″E / 63.092°N 21.616°E / 63.092; 21.616

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