University to propose a proprietary arrangement to the owners of Oulu UAS

The University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oulu UAS) are preparing for intensified cooperation as Oulu UAS moves to the Linnanmaa campus during 2020. The aim of this cooperation is to form a strong, nationally and internationally significant hub of expertise and to take advantage of the benefits that a shared campus can offer. To clarify the structure of the cooperation, the University of Oulu proposes a proprietary arrangement to the owners of Oulu University of Applied Sciences Ltd. – the City of Oulu and municipalities in the district of Oulu – in which the University of Oulu will become the majority owner of Oulu UAS. 

This ownership arrangement will help the University of Oulu and Oulu UAS to form a strategically led entity. With it, both organisations will gain significant operational benefits, such as facilitating the use of common ICT systems, building shared campus service operations and the shared use of research infrastructure. According to new legislation, the universities also have a broad mandate to make teaching collaboration decisions.

The core tasks of the universities will remain as set out in the Universities Act and the Universities of Applied Sciences Act, with both the university and the university of applied sciences retaining their own reciprocal tasks and profiles. The task of the university is to produce scientific research and provide university higher education while UAS functions as a university providing training for a professionally skilled workforce and implements employer-oriented research and development operations.

Under the proposed ownership arrangement, both universities would continue to produce the degree qualifications which they have the legal right to award. From the students’ perspective, cooperation between the two higher education establishments will increase study-path flexibility and the opportunity to complete studies. Flexible study-paths are being developed to ensure continuous learning opportunities in different life situations and to fulfil the changing needs of work and business life.

“By developing cooperation, we will have the chance to create an internationally attractive science, education and innovation community. Our two university and research institute campuses are competitive and serve the needs of society. According to our assessment, this ownership arrangement will make it easier to achieve the benefits of cooperation with the aim of strengthening both universities,” says the Rector of the University of Oulu, Jouko Niinimäki.

“Both universities must succeed in their own sectors and cooperation supports this goal by enabling us to efficiently produce common campus services together. With such cooperation, Oulu UAS can continue to strengthen its role as a working life needs-oriented educator and developer in the region and the whole of Northern Finland. We will also reinforce the regional impact of the University of Oulu by implementing and re-refining its research outcomes for the benefit of work and business life,” says the Rector and CEO of Oulu UAS, Jouko Paaso.

“The City of Oulu owns 76 percent of Oulu University of Applied Sciences Ltd. A decision concerning ownership policy recently approved by the city council states that the City’s ownership will be assessed, so there is nothing to prevent the survey proposed by the University of Oulu from being carried out,” states the Mayor of Oulu, Päivi Laajala.

Even after the ownership arrangement, Oulu University of Applied Sciences would continue as an independent legal body and the funding systems of both universities would remain separate.

Last updated: 14.2.2018