All About VAMK

Mission, vision and values

Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu, University of Applied Sciences (VAMK) educates international experts to serve the commercial and industrial life. VAMK is a multilingual and international higher education institution, which offers education in two languages as well as research, development and innovation activities integrated into the teaching of technology, business economics and health care and social services.

VAMK offers education in the form of specialisation studies and degree programmes leading to basic degrees and professional Master's degrees. An essential part of the studies is cooperation with the working life.

Our vision is

to be an energetic, attractive, and international learning and research community, which operates in close professional partnership with the region’s working life supporting the region’s success.

Our mission is

to train international experts for the needs of the Ostrobothnia working life by offering Degree Programmes in Technology, Business Economics, Health Care and Social Services, and by conducting research and development work closely linked in these fields. Our operations are multilingual and international.

Our areas of focus are

  • Technical know-how of energy industry, especially electricity generation, utilization and transmission technologies and information technology with focus on energy industry.
  • Business know-how of export industry, especially the practices of international trade and logistics.
  • The essential basic know-how of social services and health care and promoting the population’s health, well-being and ability to work.

Our profile

VAMK’s profile emphasises international co-operation and regional impact. Our Degree Programmes concentrate on training experts with international competences needed by both industry and business life, and we want to be active in developing these competences. The regional impact is carried out through education and research that are based on the needs of the region’s working life. Working life is practically integrated into training by using student centered pedagogical methods.

Our values include

  • Customer orientation: We anticipate and know the needs and expectations of customers, and we meet those needs and expectations through flexible, high-quality operations.
  • Sustainable development: We bring additional value to western Finland by developing our operations persistently and innovatively and by respecting environmental values.
  • Future-orientated expertise: We provide the working life with experts and ensure our own know-how and expertise through continuous learning.
  • Respect: We build mutual trust by respecting everyone as a human being, and we openly give positive and constructive feedback.