Vaasa is a place where history meets the present, culture meets nature, and shops meet the market hall. Squares and large parks in the centre, together with a rocky archipelago, create a seaside resort with a unique atmosphere. And the sun often shines in the sunniest city in Finland. During your stay in Vaasa, the city provides both charming and unlimited living opportunities.
Are you attracted to an old wooden house idyll or to a modern-era stone house? Do you prefer a one-family house or a semi-detached house? Available dwellings are to be found both in the city centre and in suburban areas close to good services. Residential area planning pays attention to landscape structure and nature values. In fact, Vaasa is one of the most flying-squirrel-dominated areas in Finland.
Services, parks and a sea atmosphere are combined in the city’s bosom. The award-winning walking centre is a meeting place for people and services. In the downtown section, old office buildings and historically valuable industrial buildings are converted for residential use. Nevertheless, new apartment buildings are still completed in the centre too.
University of Vaasa
The University of Vaasa is a multidisciplinary University offering degrees at all academic levels from Bachelor’s to Doctor’s. It works in close cooperation with its surrounding region of Ostrobothnia and values internationalisation in its degrees and research. The teaching and research activities of the University are widely based, their focus being on business studies, administration, technology, languages and culture. The maritime campus offers a modern study environment for 5000 students.
The University functions in four faculties. Flexible opportunities for studying are among the strengths of our academic community. The business studies teaching and research of the University are of high national standard, and the University of Vaasa is the second largest provider of business studies in Finland. Key areas within business studies at our University include the study of financing and financial markets, entrepeneurship, consumer behaviour, and internalisation of enterprises.
The University of Vaasa occupies one of Finland’s newest campus areas close to the sea. Three of the faculties are situated in a former Cotton Mill, which has been skilfully renovated. There are also apartments for visiting guest lecturers as well as students’ lodgins in traditional Finnish wooden houses in the area. The modern Finnish architecture along with the old buildings creates an interesting milieu. The campus is located in Palosaari, an area about 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of Vaasa.
Master of Administrative Sciences
At the University of Vaasa, the Faculty of Public Administration is focused on administrative sciences. The main academic fields are Public Management, Public Law, Social and Health Administration, and Regional Studies and Sociology.
The basic and applied research in the faculty is directed towards administrative and legal theory, comparative methodology, issues of public administration, public sector reforms, welfare services, governance, public management and legal basis and control of government and use of public power (administrative and constitutional law), and the structure, function and actors of regional economy.
The two-year Master of Administrative Sciences (120 ECTS) specialises in
- Comparative public administration and management at central and local levels
- Public sector evaluations
- Public/private comparisons
- International administration
- Quality assessment
Students contact their home university if they wish to come to Vaasa.