In proportion to population, Vaasa is Finland's largest city of higher education. In Vaasa you can earn your degree in three languages at five different universities, offering alternatives and opportunities in more than 30 multilingual qualifications. In addition, hundreds of international students arrive at Vaasa's universities each year. Thanks to our strategy for energy education, the vast majority of these young, intelligent people have excellent skills in energy.
- More than 30% of city residents have a university degree.
To successfully meet the needs of the business community, the City of Vaasa has become a pioneer in terms of co-operation between higher education and industry. This close co-operation between universities and businesses is paving the way towards future innovation; and acts as a driving force for the entire EnergyVaasa cluster.
Research and innovation platforms
R&D activities in Vaasa are among the most ambitious in Finland.
Vaasa has an internationally active research network. Through research and development platforms, our local centres of learning are advancing innovations within the region’s most significant solutions. In many cases, breakthroughs are traded through regional incubators and science parks, and new start-ups are continually emerging.
The Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre (VEBIC) is a research and innovation platform hosted by Vaasa University. It brings together research and business know-how and strives to meet the global needs of efficient energy production, the energy business and sustainable social development.
"VEBIC is yet another solid contribution that further strengthens the energy cluster in Vaasa. The centre creates an excellent platform to boost innovation among the broad range of already participating organisations. It will also attract new companies to join in and benefit from the dynamic cluster." – Vesa Koivisto, Head of Industry, Cleantech & Bio economy, Invest in Finland, Business Finland
The Technobothnia Education and Research Centre is a channel of co-operation between educational institutions, businesses and other research institutes and technology centres. It strengthens the position of Vaasa as a significant centre of expertise in the field of technology. Technobothnia is co-owned and used by the University of Vaasa, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and Novia University of Applied Sciences.
Muova is a joint research and development platform of VAMK, Aalto University and the University of Vaasa. Muova offers versatile design services and solutions for the development of businesses, products, services and brands, regardless of the size and industry of the company.