The University of Vaasa is undergoing the most significant change process in its history. The university is consolidating its profile and changing its structure. In the upcoming years, it will also make significant investments in research and the development of operations. The objective of these measures is to elevate the quality of teaching and research and increase their social relevance.
– The 50-year-old university is being reborn as a community that invests into the quality of research and teaching, rises to the challenges of our time, and presents itself more transparent, says the University's Rector Jari Kuusisto.
As of January 2018, the renewal will be strengthened by four schools: Management, Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Communication, and Technology and Innovations.
– The organisation will better support raising the quality and amount of research to a new level. The new division of schools also enables a flatter organisation and a clearer management model, Kuusisto explains.
The research investments will be directed through three open multidisciplinary research platforms: Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre - VEBIC, Digital Economy, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship InnoLab. Their operations focus on energy and sustainable development, digital economy, and innovations and forms of open science.
– The platforms are based on network-like operation: they are open to research institutions, companies, other universities, university consortiums, and the public sector.