Technology and communication
Energy technology is a new unit in Vaasa. It belongs to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU). A two year Master’s Degree programme in Energy Technology, with courses given mainly in Swedish and partly in English, began in Vaasa in the autumn of 2011.
The education is provided through a partnership between ÅAU (the units in Vaasa and Turku) and Novia University of Applied Science, Campus Vasa Wolffskavägen, unit for technology. The ÅAU Energy Technology unit in Vaasa focuses on research in the field of Energy- and Environmental Science, together with regional companies, universities and research organizations.
University of Vaasa
The University of Vaasa‘s technical studies focus on energy and the Master’s degree in engineering provides the capabilities for a brilliant career in the energy sector. The studies have a special focus on electrical energy systems. Technology graduates may be employed in consulting, planning and research positions. Masters of Engineering may see their careers lead them to product development, marketing and teaching positions, particularly within companies and organisations in the energy sector. Job titles may include Production Manager, Electronics Designer, Product Development Engineer, Network Designer, Senior Information Expert, Software Designer and Data Communications Manager.
The Faculty of Technology enables technology to be combined with business studies. The joint computer science and production degree programme provides the opportunity to operate in positions requiring extensive business and technological expertise, including in companies and organisations in the energy industry. The job titles of graduates of computer science or production can include Application Specialist, Information Architect, Software Engineer, Customer Support Specialist, Software Designer, Development Coach, Quality Specialist and Production Manager.
VAMK – Attracting Engineers
VAMK’s engineering education prepares for international tasks and gives highly-demanded expertise.
Energy technology and -efficiency are taken into account in all our degree programmes. We emphasise also project-based learning and internationality that are made a part of the studies by offering English-taught courses in project management and sales.
The practical exercises conducted for working life during the studies include field-specific project- and team-work together with fellow students.
Our close cooperation with working life ensures that the engineering students have excellent opportunities for practical training and for working-life commissioned thesis. The cooperation often leads to employment after the student graduates.
Our up to date equipped teaching and research premises are located on the technology campus, which with its’ 2800 students, is one of the largest in Finland. In Technobothnia you can get to know the latest devices and applications and participate in projects conducted for companies.
International project training gives the students a chance to develop important international and project competences. Project training is a unique possibility to go abroad with one of our region’s major companies.
The Novia University of Applied Sciences offers Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Business Administration programmes in Vaasa on the Wolffskavägen Campus. Here you’ll find a multidisciplinary community dedicated to technology and business, with the excellent opportunities this modern environment offers for their study. The first-class facilities provide the perfect setting for effective and active study. The courses are adapted to meet the needs of working life and the course supply is updated regularly to ensure that you learn exactly what you will need in your career.
Novia’s research and development activities are state-of-the-art, and students have plenty of opportunities to participate in research and development projects in the energy and environment sectors.The campus collaborates with numerous international networks, which gives students the opportunity to spend a term or a whole academic year abroad.
The study and research laboratory Technobothnia, located close to the Wolffskavägen Campus, is an extremely well-equipped and versatile hub of technological knowledge. The campus offers students a broad range of services: a library, facilities for self-study, cafés and restaurants. The campus’s student association provides facilities for hobbies and organises parties and other events.
Novia works closely with the region’s industry and commerce, which ensures that students are well provided with tours, visiting lecturers, projects, work placements and fascinating subjects for theses. A significant part of Finland’s energy technology industry is located in the Vaasa region. The region’s thriving energy cluster provides employment for 10,000 people and its combined turnover amounts to about 4.4 billion euros, producing about 12% of the whole country’s technology exports. The cluster’s vision is to employ 20,000 people by 2020. To make this vision a reality, the region’s companies need a lot of highly educated Bachelors of Engineering and Business Administration with good language skills.