Centria University of Applied Sciences

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Centria University of Applied Sciences
Centria yrkeshögskola
Established Provisional 1991 (perm 1995)
Type Ammattikorkeakoulu Osakeyhtiö
Rector Pekka Hulkko
Students 2900
Location Finland Kokkola, Ylivieska, and Jakobstad, Ostrobothnia, Finland
Campus Kokkola, Ylivieska, and Pietarsaari
Colors Scarlet
Website [3]

Centria University of Applied Sciences (former name Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences)[1] (Finnish: Centria ammattikorkeakoulu, Swedish: Centria yrkeshögskola) is a private-recognized higher education institution in Finland which came out in top 5 from a survey of Universities of applied Sciences conducted by Finland’s Talouselämä newspaper. 25 universities of applied sciences were compared using 10 different indicators collected from student feedback, recent statistics and from Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The factors that put Centria at the top group were funding versatility, student satisfaction and the low price of degrees.[2]

The name Centria University of Applied Sciences is derived from Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences and officially used from the start of autumn semester 2012.

The University has three campuses: Kokkola,[3] Jakobstad[4] and Ylivieska.[5] Internationalisation is one of Centria's core values thus the University offers three international Bachelor's degree programmes taught in English, namely DP in Business Management, DP in Industrial Management, and DP in Information Technology. Centria also has one Master's degree programme, DP in International Business Management. Centria is a multidisciplinary, dynamic and international institution, which offers students and staff an environment that is innovative, caring and multicultural.

A strong focus on entrepreneurship and excellent connections with the working-life, provide a good basis for combining theoretical knowledge with career skills in a meaningful way. Centria profiles as an international university of applied sciences that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.[6]

Achievement and Awards[edit]

The Ministry of Education and Culture issued the universities of applied sciences in annual contract negotiations on the basis of the performance of additional funding. The aim is to encourage colleges' efficiency and economic activities as well as improving the quality and effectiveness.

The Ministry of Education and Culture has granted the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences performance funding in 2001 - 2010 as follows:[7]

  • Year 2010: R&D - Research and Development
  • Year 2009: Regional impact and cooperation with working life
  • Year 2006: Regional Impact of Excellence in 2006-2007
  • Year 2001: Regional Impact of Excellence in 2001-2002
  • Year 2000: Efficiency and economic activities and the Internationalism


Centria University of Applied Sciences is owned by a limited liability company whose shareholders are the Central Ostrobothnia Education Group, Kalajoki Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Pietarsaari City, Raudaskylän Christian College Association and Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory Support Association. At present, the Rector of Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences is mr.Pekka Hulkko.[8]

Studies in Centria University of Applied Sciences[edit]

Centria is multidisciplinary institution located in Western Finland, Northern Europe and offers 13 degree programmes in the fields of:[9]

Technology, Communications and Transport

Social Sciences, Business and Administration

Social Services, Health and Sports


Humanities and Education

The extent of UAS degree studies is generally 210−240 study points (ECTS), which means 3.5 – 4 years of full-time study. This education is arranged as degree programmes. The entry requirement is a certificate from an upper secondary school or the matriculation certificate, a vocational qualification or corresponding foreign studies. The requirement for Master's studies in UASs is a Bachelors' level UAS degree and at least three years of work experience. The UAS Master's, which is 60-90 study points and takes 1.5–2 years, is equivalent to a university Master's in the labour market. Each student has a personal study plan, which facilitates student guidance and the monitoring of progress in studies. Students apply for UAS studies in a national application system. The UASs determine the admission criteria and arrange student selection and entrance examination at their discretion. Nearly 90% of applications are submitted electronically. UASs also arrange adult education and open education geared to maintain and upgrade competencies. The teaching arrangements in adult education are flexible and enable mature students to work alongside their studies. Some 20 percent of UAS students are mature students.[10]

Ylivieska Campus - a view from high
One of student's activities inside campus


In Centria, there are around 2900 students in 5 fields and 13 degree programmes.

Annual intake is 500 students.[11]

R&D Services[edit]

The main function of Centria's research and development is to create possibilities for the development of the region’s enterprises and communities. Annually Centria participates in more than 100 separate r&d–projects.[12]

International Co-operation[edit]

International co-operation is fundamental for maintaining a high standard in teaching and research and development and international interaction is an essential part of studies at a higher education institution. Internationalisation has therefore been declared as one of the top priorities of Centria in its strategy. At present the international co-operation involves interaction with around 130 partner institutions in 40 countries around the world. Scandinavia and Europe are the most important areas for us, but we also co-operate actively with universities and higher education institutions in North and South America. Moreover, we have also been a forerunner in co-operation with Chinese universities.[13]

Centria promotes actively the mobility of students and teachers and we strive to ensure also non-mobile students with opportunities to learn more about different cultures and the different aspects of international relations through a strong emphasis on Internationalisation at Home. Moreover, we also participate actively in international networks and projects, including R&D projects carried out in co-operation with our international partners. Centria participates actively in the Socrates programme and currently have approximately 90 bilateral Erasmus agreements. Through the NORDPLUS programme we collaborate with other Nordic institutions and we have also deepened the co-operation with North and South American institutions through the EU-USA and ALFA programmes. Centria participates in the CREPUQ student exchange programme, which has enhanced the co-operation with Canadian institutions in Quebec. Centria has also been active in collaboration with institutions in the Balkans through the TEMPUS programme.


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