Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu VAMK, University of Applied Sciences, started its operation as a temporary polytechnic on 1st of August 1996 and was based on five institutions: Vaasa Institute of Technology, Vaasa Commercial College, Vaasa College of Hotel and Restaurant Services, Vaasa College of Health Care and Vaasa College of Household and Social Services.
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.
In addition to education, Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu VAMK, University of Applied Sciences offers the expertise of its staff and students for the use of companies, various organisations and private individuals. Our strengths include multidisciplinary and in-depth expertise as well as a solid knowledge of the local economic life. We can also utilise our national and international cooperation networks in our operations.
Students reinforce their education by completing a practical training period and gaining work experience. Career Services advise students regarding career planning and employment during the various stages of studies and when graduating. Career Services give also assistance to different employers to recruit knowledgeable staff.
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All of the VAMK staff support the student's welfare and growth in their field of studies through various student services. This guiding system covers the entire time of studies and aims at students committing to their studies right from the start. The group leader follows the progress of the students and regular development discussions are held at least once per academic year. Study Counselors are also available for advising with study plans.
VAMK has no dormitories or any other kind of accommodation arrangements for its students. Students have to take care of the accommodation matters by themselves. The accommodation situation for students in Vaasa is fairly good. The most common way to organize housing is to rent an apartment from VOAS, the Student Housing Foundation in Vaasa. In general, their rents are lower than in the private market, because most of the tenants are students.
The library’s staff will assist you in accessing the resources required for your studies. The library material includes, for example, course books, reference reading, data bases, electronic reference reading and complementary material mainly in the fields of study.
Students have access to numerous computer classrooms, as well as to Internet via free wireless network access. VAMK also offers students a reasonable amount of free of charge printing for the purposes of study. VAMK provides an anti-virus software for the students' personal computer for the duration of studies.
City of Vaasa provides for the healthcare of VAMK students. Students have access to medical services as well as to psychologist services through health centers. Also, a public health nurse is available on both campuses.
Our well-equipped learning environment consists of two campuses located within walking distance from each other. The historically important and newly renovated buildings of the City Campus provide an inspiring atmosphere for learning, whereas the Palosaari Campus is nestled in an attractive setting by the sea.
Vaasa is said to be the sunniest city in Finland. The scenery constantly changes along with the four seasons, allowing all forms of recreation throughout the year: boating and archipelago cruises in summer, skiing and indoor sports in winter.
In Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu VAMK, University of Applied Sciences, there is a student union arranged by law. The duties of the student union are taken care of by Student Union of VAMK, VAMOK, a service and benefit surveillance organisation with about 1,700 student members.
Teaching quality is well, good facilities, not so many activities
It has a small campus but there are too many international students and very good teachers. I really am glad that I chose to study here.
I have been studied with a very good studying environment, with friendly classmates and preparing for future career path!