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Vaasa Polytechnic

Operation in General

Licence and Units

Vaasa Polytechnic operating licence granted by the State Council has been valid since 1 August, 1999.

Vaasa Polytechnic consists of three educational units:

  • Technology and Communication
  • Business Economics and Tourism
  • Health Care and Social Services

In addition to these, the Polytechnic has an Administration and Financial Unit, a Development and Study Affairs Unit and a Research and Business Service Unit.

Concept of Activity and Areas of Main Focus

Vaasa Polytechnic provides multilingual polytechnic education and, to support this, research and service activities in the fields of Technology, Communication and Transport, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Business and Administration, Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services as well as in the field of Social Services, Health and Sports.

The main areas of focus are high technology, international business and tourism, health and social services. Co-operation between these areas is also considered important.

There is a strong emphasis on internationalisation and the high educational standard of the instructors.

Degree Programmes and Degrees

Education is planned and implemented according to the customer’s needs, the main emphasis being the high standards of the degrees, international competitiveness as well a good employment prospects for the graduates.

The available degrees are:

  • Bachelor of Engineering,
  • Bachelor of Business Administration,
  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management, and
  • Bachelor of Health Care and Social Services.

The corresponding titles are:

  • insinööri (AMK); Bachelor of Engineering,
  • tradenomi; Bachelor of Business Administration,
  • restonomi (AMK); Bachelor of Hospitality Management,
  • sairaanhoitaja (AMK); Bachelor of Nursing,
  • terveydenhoitaja; Bachelor of Public Health Nursing, and
  • sosionomi (AMK); Bachelor of Social Services

Degree Programmes

Education leading to a degree is implemented through degree programmes. In 2004 the following degree programmes will be commenced:

Degree in Engineering:

  • Kone- ja tuotantotekniikka
  • Rakennustekniikka
  • Sähkötekniikka
  • Tietotekniikka
  • Ympäristöteknologia
  • Information Technology

Degree in Business Administration:

  • Företagsekonomi
  • Liiketalous
  • Informationsbehandling
  • Tietojenkäsittely
  • International Business

Degree in Hospitality Management:

  • Hotelli- ja ravintola-ala
  • Hotell- och restaurangbranschen
  • Hotel and Restaurant Business

Degree in Health Care and Social Services:

  • Hoitotyö, hoitotyön suuntautumisvaihtoehto
  • Hoitotyö, terveydenhoitotyön suuntautumisvaihtoehto
  • Sosiaaliala

The scope of the degree is measured as credit units (cu). One credit unit equals to 40 hours of student input in order to reach the objectives. As full-time studying, the scope of an academic year is 40 credit units.

The scope of all degree programmes in engineering and the degree programme of Hoitotyö, terveydenhoitotyön suuntautumisvaihtoehto is 160 credit units and the theoretical time in which the degree can be taken studying full-time is 4 years. The scope of other programmes is 140 credit units and the corresponding time 3.5 years.

Research and Service Activities

Vaasa Polytechnic carries on problem-oriented, applied research directed at practical professions and their areas of activity. They also undertake custom-made research as well as training and other services.

Collaboration with Other University Level Institutes

The main collaboration partners within the country are the university units in Vaasa and other Finnish universities and research institutes. Depending on the field different forms of co-operation based on practical needs have been established between these institutions.

There is also international co-operation on a wide basis with other universities. Vaasa Polytechnic has a few dozens of agreements of mutual co-operation with polytechnics abroad. Special areas of co-operation are the EU countries, Asia and Latin America.


Regulations Directing the Operation

The operation and administration of the Polytechnic is based on the legislation on polytechnics, the regulations approved by the City Council and on the operation regulations and degree regulations ratified by the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

The supreme right of decision in the internal affairs of Vaasa Polytechnic is held by a 12-member board appointed by the City Board. The Polytechnic Board consists of the President, two representatives of other management, two representatives of academic staff, one representative of other staff, two representatives of students and four representatives of working life.

Advisory Boards

There are three field specific advisory boards, each made up of five representatives of the industry and working life as well as three Polytechnic representatives. The purpose of the advisory board is to act as an expert body in the development of instruction and other operation as well as to establish and maintain connections with the business, industrial and working life.

Management Group

The polytechnic has a management team to co-ordinate the operation of the polytechnic and to maintain and develop co-operation. The management team consists of the President and the Deans of the educational units as well as a representative of the students, Secretary general Mr. Jaakko Keto.

President, Deans and Directors

Mr. Jouko Paaso has been appointed President of the Polytechnic by the City Board and Ms. Raijaliisa Laakkonen has been appointed Vice-President by the Board of Directors.

The units that give education leading to the degree are called educational units. The following persons have been appointed Deans of the units and Deputy Rectors:

  • Technology and Communication: Mr. Erkki Hakkarainen
  • Business Economics and Tourism: Ms. Elisabeth Malka
  • Health Care and Social Services: Ms. Elisabeth Malka

Administration and Financial Unit is headed by Mr. Ossi Koskinen, Administrative Director, Development and Study Affairs Unit by Mr. Aki Valkonen, Development Director, and Research and Business Service Unit by Ms. Leena Vilkuna, Service Director.

Departments and Heads of Departments

Technology and Communication:

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering: Mr. Jorma Tuominen, Principal Lecturer
  • Department of Building Engineering: Mr. Martti Laaja, Principal Lecturer
  • Department of Electrical Engineering: Mr.  Kari Jokinen, Principal Lecturer
  • Department of Information Technology: Mr. Kalevi Ylinen, Principal Lecturer

Business Economics and Tourism:

  • Department of Business Economics: Ms. Kirsti Melin, Principal Lecturer
  • Department of Tourism and Restaurant Services: Ms. Elina Martin, Senior Lecturer
  • Department of Information Processing: Mr. Kenneth Norrgård, Principal Lecturer

Health Care and Social Services:

  • Department of Nursing and Health Care: Ms. Maj-Britt Råholm, Principal Lecturer
  • Department of Social Services: Mr. Raimo Koivisto, Principal Lecturer

Board of Examiners

The Board of Directors has appointed a three-member board of examiners to deal with the requests for amendment concerning study credits. Mr. Olavi Mäkinen, Principal Lecturer, acts as a Chairman, the other members being Ms. Paula Lundman, Senior Lecturer and student member Ms. Hanna Pikkarainen.

General Regulations

ID card

An ID card has to be worn in all premises of Vaasa Polytechnic. The card is valid only if it is equipped with the sticker denoting the academic year, available from the Student Office.

When beginning the studies, the students get an ID card free. If the card is lost or destroyed, a new card has to be ordered immediately. The finder of a lost card, when taking the card to the Student Office, will be paid a EUR 5 reward by the student who lost the card. The owner of the card can redeem the card by paying the reward or alternatively, order a new card which costs EUR 7.

The Agenda of the Academic Year 2004 - 2005

The opening ceremony of the academic year 2004 -2005 will be held on Tuesday 7 September 2004 at 15.00. There is no instruction during the opening ceremony.

Instruction on the part of the youth education will begin according to the weekly schedule on Monday 23 August, 2004 and will end in the Unit of Health Care and Social Services on Thursday 26 May, 2005 and in other units on Friday 29, April 2005.

Instruction for adult education will begin on Friday 20 August 2004 in the Unit of Health Care and Social Services, in the Unit of Business Economics and Tourism on Monday 23 August 2004 and in the Unit of Technology 27 August 2004 and will end on Saturday 28 May, 2005.


Periods consist of eight weeks with breaks between as follows:

Period 1:

  • 23.8. - 16.10.2004
  • Autumn break (18.10. - 23.10.2004)

Period 2:

  • 25.10. - 18.12.2004
  • Christmas break (20.12.2004 - 2.1.2005)

Period 3:

  • 3.1. - 26.2.2005
  • Winter break (28.2. - 5.3.2005)

Period 4:

  • 7.3. - 30.4.2005
  • Adult education will end on 28.5.2005

Period 5:

  • 2.5. - 26.5.2005

Awarding of the Degree Certificate

The degree certificate will have to be applied for with a form, available from the Student Office, which has to be submitted to the Student Office at least two (2) weeks before the desired day of graduation.

The application will be processed if all required studies have been completed at the time of submitting the application.

The rector decides on the awarding of the degree based on the motion made by the unit. If the degree cannot be awarded on the desired day, the application has to be renewed. 

Degree certificates will be presented in the academic year 2004 - 2005 as follows:

Main function in autumn:

  • Friday December 17, 2004

Main function in spring:

  • Friday May 27, 2005

Functions in smaller scale will be arranged once a month as follows:

Autumn semester:

  • 27.8.2004
  • 24.9.2004
  • 29.10.2004
  • 26.11.2004

Spring semester:

  • 28.1.2005
  • 25.2.2005
  • 18.3.2005
  • 29.4.2005
  • 17.6.2005

Weekly Schedules

Weekly schedules can be seen on the Polytechnic website and on the notice boards. The web site address is

Admittance to the Polytechnic’s Premises

The doors are open in the units as follows:

Raastuvankatu 31-33:

  • Monday to Thursday 7.30-19.00
  • Fridays 7.30-17.00

Wolffintie 30:

  • Weekdays 7.30-19.00
  • Saturdays 7.30-16.00

During the summer and breaks all units:

  • Weekdays 8.00 - 16.00

Group Codes

  • I-IT-n: Information Technology (in English), n year
  • I-ET-n: Electronics and Information Technology (in Finnish), n year
  • I-KT-n: Mechanical and Production Engineering (in Finnish), n year
  • I-RT-n: Building Engineering (in Finnish), n year
  • I-RY-n: Building and Environmental Engineering (in Finnish), n year
  • I-SA-n: Electrical and Automation Engineering (in Finnish), n year
  • I-ST-n: Electrical Engineering (in Finnish), n year
  • I-TT-n: Information Technology (in Finnish), n year
  • I-YT-n: Environmental Technology (in Finnish), n year
  • T-AM-n: Foreign Trade and Marketing (in German), n year
  • T-IB-n: International Business (in English), n year
  • T-IT-n: Information Processing (in Swedish), n year
  • T-FE-n: Business Economics (in Swedish), n year
  • T-LT-n: Business Economics (in Finnish), n year
  • T-TK-n: Information Processing (in Finnish), n year
  • R-HR-n: Hotel and Restaurant Business (in Finnish), n year
  • R-RB-n: Hotel and Restaurant Business (in Swedish), n year
  • R-HB-n: Hotel and Restaurant Business (in English), n year
  • S-SO-n: Social Services (in Finnish), n year
  • S-SH-n: Nursing (in Finnish), n year
  • S-TH-n: Public Health Nursing (in Finnish), n year

After the number ‘n’ denoting the year of the group, one of the following letters is used if necessary:

  • A: vocational school based education
  • B or C: senior secondary school based education
  • E: specialisation studies
  • K: studies begun in January
  • V: adult education

Group Tutor

Each group has a group tutor chosen among the teachers whose task is to monitor how the group advances in the studies and to guide in the matters concerning the studies. The group tutor has regular guidance discussions with the students in his/her group throughout the studies.

Group Representative

It is recommended that each group elect a group representative whose task is to take care of the group’s common matters and to inform the group of events and other important matters.

The group representative and the vice-representative should be elected fairly quickly - and democratically - at the beginning of the academic year.

Document maintainer: Elisabeth Malka
Last updated: 15.2.2005, Jarkko Ala-Louvesniemi
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