Learning by doing
The studies consist of Basic and Professional Studies, Advanced Professional Studies, Optional Studies, Practical Training and a Thesis.
The teaching at Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu VAMK, University of Applied Sciences combines theory and practice in good proportion. It also applies the possibilities of teamwork and problem-based learning. Close cooperation with the working life in the Vaasa region provides students with interesting projects and thesis subjects.
Technobothnia Research Centre is a technical research and teaching laboratory shared by VAMK, Novia University of Applied Sciences and the University of Vaasa. A former cotton factory was renovated to meet the requirements of state-of-the-art technology. There the students of technology can get acquainted with the latest innovations of their field and take part in projects executed in cooperation with businesses. In addition to education, the modern facilities, equipment, software and methods also significantly contribute to the research and product development of the businesses in the region.
Business Factory is a common concept of the institutions of higher education in Vaasa. It is a practically-orientated learning environment in which students can develop their business competence and entrepreneurship by acting as active members in a cooperative enterprise. The teams of students all have their own themes and the support of their instructors as they are taking their first steps as entrepreneurs. An experienced entrepreneur from working life may also participate. Business Factory culminates every year with the Chance business idea competition.
Business Clinic is where students of all fields carry out customised research and development services under the guidance of their teachers for small and medium enterprises in Ostrobothnia and other organisations. In addition to the practically-orientated learning experience and the study points, the student also gets valuable contacts in the working life in terms of future employment, new skills and insights as well as experience in development work.
Botnia RoboCup Team is a robot soccer project in which challenging problems of software, telecommunications and electronics are solved and several different techniques are combined. Traditional teaching prevents discussions on problems of this scale. Therefore, VAMK has developed a continuous project which is carried out under the guidance of teachers. The team is formed by Finnish students of information technology and mechanical engineering along with foreign students who study information technology in English. All teaching and activities are carried out in English. This way the students acquire the knowledge of a language and skills, like multiculturalism and project work, that are necessary in their future engineering professions.