The Board approved the degree programme portfolio and the number of study places for 2025

At it´s meeting on 27 February, the Board of Directors of the University of Oulu has approved the degree programme portfolio and the number of study places for 2025. The study places for bachelor's degree programmes will decrease by 46 and for master's degree programmes they will decrease by two. In total, there will be 2 693 study places for the 3+2 year programmes and 1 287 for the Master's programmes. In addition, there are 250 study places for commissioned education.

The previously English-language Degree Programme in Intercultural Primary Teacher Education is now being transformed into the Finnish-language “Interkulttuurisen luokanopettajan tutkinto-ohjelma”. Additionally, the new doctoral programme in technology, architecture and natural processes combines previously separate degree programmes. Furthermore, changes to the names of degree programmes and application targets have been approved.

The Board approved a refined schedule for preparing a preliminary study of the Kontinkangas area and authorized the Rector to sign the relevant agreement. The aim is to complete the preliminary study by August 2024. During this phase, the feasibility of constructing shared or co-utilized spaces in Kontinkangas will be explored. The objective is to achieve functional and economic utilization of the facilities and synergies. The preliminary study is related to the OYS 2030 reform program, where the facilities of the Oulu University Hospital are being renovated to meet operational needs.

The Board also approved the internal audit annual plan, the Board´s annual calendar and the updating of the rules of procedure. The Board decided that it will discuss the University Regulations at the next meeting.

Additionally, the Board took note of the reporting on data protection measures related to the education export project and the reporting on the Whistleblower reporting channel for the last year. The Whistleblower channel was introduced at the University of Oulu on 1 March 2023, and last year two reports were received. In both cases, it was found that the Whistleblower report did not fall within the scope of the channel. The Whistleblower channel allows for anonymous reporting of violations related to EU or national regulation.

Last updated: 27.2.2024