University Management



Jouko Niinimäki

The Rector manages the University’s operations and is responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the University’s duties. 

Doctor of Technology Jouko Niinimäki has been the Rector of the University since 1 January 2015.

Niinimäki was appointed Professor of Fibre and Particle Engineering in 2000. During 2000–2014 he operated as the head of a Fibre and Particle Engineering research group. He worked as Dean of the Faculty of Technology in 2014.

Niinimäki matriculated as a Doctor of Technology in the University of Oulu in 1998. He graduated as Master of Science in Technology in 1993.



Executive Assistant
Annika Giavedoni

Tel. 0294 484071

Vice Rector - Research

Taina Pihlajaniemi

The Vice Rector for Research is responsible for the productivity of the University’s research activities and services supporting them, and the quality and development of research. Objectives directing the operation include internationality, high quality and interdisciplinary research.  In addition, efficient utilisation of up-to-date infrastructures, and promotion of open and responsible science are seeked.

Vice Rector - Education


Tapio Koivu

The Vice Rector for Education is responsible for the productivity of the University’s education activities and their supporting services, and the quality and development of education. Key responsibilities include developing degree education, services of continuous learning and student experience.


Vice Rector - Cooperation Affairs

Arto Maaninen

The Vice Rector for Cooperation is responsible for the University’s relationships with institutes of higher education, research institutions and companies. Key responsibilities include strengthening research-based innovation activities, promotion of international innovation partnerships and EU influencing.


Administrative Director

Essi Kiuru

The Administrative Director assists the Rector in leading the University, making initiatives for renewing the activities of the University, especially in management, organization and work processes. 



Executive Assistant
Päivi Nylund

Tel. 0294 482905

Human Resources Director

Jarmo Okkonen

Human Resources Director is responsible for the definitions of policy in human resources management, in accordance with the University strategy. The Director's area of responsibility includes the development of recruiting, managing, knowhow and well-being of personnel. The Director works in close cooperation with the Unviersity's management, superiors and personnel representatives.

Strategy Director

Charlotta Collén

The Strategy Director is responsible for implementing the University's strategy. In addition, the job description includes evidence-based decision-making, aligning the university's international affairs, quality assurance, and managing the Tellus Innovation Arena. The Strategy Director is assisted by the Unit for Strategy and Science Policy (STY).


Chief Financial Officer

Pekka Riuttanen

Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the internal and external accounting of the University, its quality and its development.


Director of University Service Processes

Marja Sarajärvi

The Director of University Service Processes is responsible for the service processes of the University and the development of services. The Director works in close cooperation both with the service providers and the service customers.


Communications Director

Marja Jokinen

Communications Director is responsible for the strategic planning, realization and development of the external and internal communications and marketing of the University. A central task of the Director is improving the business image and the business and media relations of the University.


Last updated: 3.9.2020