Oulu University of Applied Sciences


Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) educates competent and innovative professionals and conducts active research and development work. Home to approximately 9000 students and 460 staff members, Oamk operates across the towns of Oulu and Oulainen, with project-based activities extending throughout Northern Finland.

At Oamk, international co-operation is integral to maintaining high standards of quality. We have a wide international network of partner universities and enterprises in over 30 countries. Through collaboration with nearly 200 international partner institutions, we equip both students and staff with the skills needed for intercultural competence and operation within global environments, injecting new vitality into the northern region.

Alongside teaching, our other primary mission is research, development and innovation work (RDI) s. Our RDI work helps the Oulu region and the entirety of Northern Finland thrive. We are committed to fostering entrepreneurship, enhancing innovation, and strengthening international cooperation. We develop tools for entrepreneurship and facilitate the creation of new businesses. We participate in creating a future for Northern Finland by actively developing the region’s work and business life.

Oamk acknowledges its ecological, economic and sociocultural responsibilities. At Oamk we are committed to systematically enhancing the principles of sustainable development in all its actions.

Our strategic direction for 2020–2030 and our annual operational and financial plans guide our endeavors. Our mission is to serve the development and renewal needs of working and business life, support the vitality of the region, and ensure the provision of diverse university of applied sciences education in Northern Finland.


Vision 2020 - 30

The leading multidisciplinary, community-spirited and international university of applied sciences in Norhtern Finland with high-quality, up-to-date competencies stemming from close cooperation with businesses and organizations.

Our RDI focus areas are low-carbon initiatives , digital solutions and business development. In recent years, we have invested in particular in low-carbon work machine technology (Nuve-Lab), drone technology and digital cultural productions. The strengths of our RDI activities lie in innovation, state-of-the-art laboratories, development and research environments, high-level expertise, and extensive collaboration networks.

Our daily activities are guided by the following values:


Our desire to achieve impact directs everything we do. At Oamk, social impact means developing new skills for working life, strengthening future capabilities and promoting vitality. We actively engage in social interaction.


Openness is based on comprehensiveness and is manifested in the transparency of all our activities. Openness is a way of building mutual trust. At Oamk, this means that we conduct influential cooperation, share information openly, maintain transparent infrastructures and ethical practices, promote an open organizational culture and monitor its realization in our daily activities.


We are committed to responsible operations – as individuals and as a university community. We pay attention to economic, social, cultural and ecological sustainability in everything we do. We strive for continuous development and to create successful solutions in our education, research, development, innovation and artistic activities in cooperation with businesses and industries.


Studies in Oulu UAS

Oamk provides Bachelor and Master’s degree studies, pedagogic studies at the School of Professional Teacher Education, professional specialization and open university studies as well as supplementary training. Studies are offered in the field of Business, Engineering, Health and Social Care, Information and Communication Technology, Media and Performing Arts and Natural Resources.

Facts and figures

Web http://www.oamk.fi
Year Established 1996
Total Number of Staff 460
Number of Academic Staff 378
Number of Students 9000
Focus Areas

Low-carbon solutions

Digital solutions

Digital pedagogy.