With traditions traceable back to 1849 and with over 4,000 students, Novia is the largest Swedish-speaking University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Through collaboration with the trade and industry of the Vaasa region, Novia offers a dynamic and innovative learning environment for its students.
“We want to serve and contribute to the competitiveness of the region’s vibrant industry by being responsive to arising needs,” says Novia’s President Örjan Andersson.
At Novia, the students are trained to look beyond borders for competence and experience.
“Our graduates get a head start when it comes to internationalisation,” Andersson states.
“Most of our students are fluent in multiple languages and they are prepared to work with people in culturally diverse situations, in Finland or abroad,” he continues.
Novia also endeavours to utilise the wide range of subjects within different units to create a space for innovation.
“We want to look beyond linguistic and administrative boundaries to create a competitive and attractive learning environment,” Andersson pinpoints.
In addition, the students are presented with the opportunity for a double degree in Germany or Spain.
Novia takes special pride in successfully meeting the demands of the continuously shifting job market.
“Almost 80 % of our students find employment in the region and one could say that the energy cluster in the Vaasa region to a large extent is built by our engineers,” Andersson says.
Alongside educating highly-skilled professionals, Novia arranges customised complementary training for companies in the region. The competence development programme includes small and medium sized enterprises.
“Our aim is to strengthen cross-company ties and create networks, thus increasing competitiveness,” Andersson highlights.
Novia also promotes research and development activities by bringing together different actors such as companies, municipalities and financiers.
“Novia is a competence hub with networks stretching far past Finland’s borders. By virtue of these connections, we possess a greater overall competence that we utilise for the Vaasa region’s full advantage.”
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