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Assistant professor in Accounting and Finance Anupam Dutta enjoys working in the friendly environment of Vaasa University. He has been experiencing Vaasa since 2012 and completed his PhD in 2015.

- Though it’s a small town, I enjoy living here because of its simplicity. People here are also very nice and welcoming. I do enjoy working here, because such encouraging atmosphere assists me in performing my academic works successfully.

During his doctoral research, he has proposed a long-term event study methodology which can be used to investigate how stock prices react following a corporate event. Over the last few years, Dutta has been publishing in top-tier journals and plans to prolong his career in University. Currently he is conducting a research in the field of Energy Finance and has many projects going on.

- All the members in my research group are highly motivated to research works. They are very experienced in what they are doing. As a researcher, I appreciate the freedom of exploring different areas of my research field. In Vaasa University, I also feel free to do multidisciplinary research. This is the best part of being a researcher.


Passion for Research Work

Assistant professor in Accounting and Finance Klaus Grobys has lived in Finland since 2012. Grobys has a master’s degree from the University of Kiel in Econometrics, and he has also studied Economics and Finance at the University of Stockholm. It was a Grobys’ friend who suggested the University of Vaasa and doctoral studies.

Grobys finalized his doctoral degree at the end of 2014. He examined cross-sectional patterns in equity returns in six essays. Grobys finished his PhD in two years, dissertation was passed with distinction. The fast progress was mainly possible because of the high motivation, hard work and passion for the research work.

– Best part of the research work is academic freedom. I can plan my own schedule and work late, if I want.


Work in an encouraging atmosphere

Assistant professor Olivier Wurtz teaches cross-cultural management and sustainability and international business ethics. Wurtz has been experiencing Vaasa since 2012 and he likes the Nordic culture: respect, humility, reliability and work life balance. He was born in France and did his PhD in HEC Paris.

- You have to be passionate about your research. Vaasa University has one of the strongest research groups in International mobility in the world.

Wurtz is also a part of the new GLOMO project, which enables the development of a new kind of international collaboration on postgraduate education and supports closer research collaboration on global mobility of employees.

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Interact with society

Strong societal impact

In addition to research and teaching, the University of Vaasa's third duty is to interact with society.

"We require our research themes to have societal relevance. We tackle topics that represent relevant questions for companies and that are connected to problems or tensions," says Management Professor Riitta Viitala from the University of Vaasa.

Professor Viitala, Professor Adam Smale and University Researcher Liisa Mäkelä belong to the University of Vaasa's Human Resource Management research group together with two other professors and a large group of researchers and post-graduates. The group received top grade in the University of Vaasa's overall evaluation of research, which was published in December 2015. In addition to the quality of research, the group's societal impact was considered to be very good.

Strong societal impact.


HR Excellence in Research

The University of Vaasa was awarded the HR Excellence in research symbol in December 2014 in recognition of our development work and our commitment to the European Commission's principles regarding recruiting researchers and safeguarding good working conditions.  The development work is proceeding in phases in line with an action plan and regular evaluations. Find out more: HR Excellence in Research


Feel good at work

It is important to us to improve work, working conditions and the communal spirit of the University as a whole.

We are investing in our employees' occupational well-being by offering fitness and culture vouchers, actions to support physical and mental well-being, and opportunities to participate in training and competence development. Flexible working time arrangements contribute to work well-being. Personnel well-being is monitored with the help of a regular well-being survey.

University employees are offered preventative occupational health care, as well as extensive medical care and the opportunity to attend a consultation with a specialist physician. Health care is the responsibility of Suomen Terveystalo, which has appointed an occupational health care nurse and a physician.