Vaasa International Talents - City of Vaasa

Period: 31.8.2020 - 30.5.2024

Innehåll: Five higher education institutions in Vaasa - University of Vaasa, VAMK
University of Applied Sciences, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Åbo
Akademi University, and Hanken School of Economics – offer degree programmes in
English, which attract students from practically all corners of the world.
During the academic year 2020-2021 around 700 international students are
studying for a degree in Vaasa. Many of these students want to stay in the
region after graduation, but the lack of e.g. personal networks makes it many
times difficult for them to find a job. On the other hand, many reports show
that one major obstacle for the growth and internationalisation of companies
and organisations is the lack of needed competencies. At the same time, the
competition for the best talents is harsh and global.

The project “Vaasa International Talents”, in close cooperation with Talent
Coastline (ELY Centre and TE Office), wants to make the untapped potential of
international degree students in Vaasa visible and through different pilot
activities connect students with the region’s companies and other actors.
Partial funding of internships for a certain number of students will be
available thanks to the support from the City of Vaasa, as will also other
types of support and guidance to both employers and students. The aim is,
together with the region’s actors, to co-create activities that work for the
Ostrobothnian region, and thereby to develop tools which in the long term meet
the needs for competent labour force.


Novia UAS, Integration Coordinator Pia Jünger
Novia UAS, Business Developer Anna-Karin Jansson
University of Vaasa, Specialist Sami Ilomäki
VAMK University of Applied Sciences, Head of International Affairs Tuija Tammi
Åbo Akademi University, Coordinator Anita Sundman
Hanken School of Economics, Planning Officer Ann-Christine Hemming

Read more:
700 International students a resource for our region
Vaasa International Talents has been launched

Specialkunnande: Interprofessionell hälsa och välfärd

Campus: Vasa Wolffskavägen 31

Finansiärer: City of Vaasa

Projektägare: Novia UAS

Projektledare: Pia Jünger

Samarbetspartners: University of Vaasa, VAMK University of Applied Sciences, Åbo Akademi University, and Hanken School of Economics