University of Oulu, 2016

The planning of cooperation with Oamk proceeds

The outlining of cooperation between University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk) will begin promptly after the summer.

Most of Oamk’s teaching will move to Linnanmaa campus in the autumn of 2020. In the beginning of June, a contract of sale was signed, making University of Oulu the majority share holder of Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The sellers were municipalities in the Oulu region.

The universities are now aiming for operational and economic cooperation in terms of services, education and the infrastructure of Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses. The planning will take place until August 2020, and both university communities will participate widely in the process.

During the initial stage, cooperative work groups will be established, which will make suggestions for operations and services. The work groups will consist of a variety of staff and students from both Oamk and the University of Oulu. The kick-off events for work groups in education and services will take place on 17 September 2018. The goal is to complete the final report on services during 2018, and the final report on education at the end of spring 2019.

Joint operating principles

Already during the summer, some common policies will be defined which apply to, for example, the cost distribution of transferred services and joint procurement. At group level, joint guidelines will be needed, for example, for the rules of cross-institutional studies, the joint use of facilities, risk management, recruitment and contractual principles as well as procurement approvals. The defining of such policies will begin in August.

It is also necessary to align the large agendas in 2018–2019, such as strategies, brands, employee involvement and events. To what extent will the policies be shared, and to what extent will both form their own policies?

At the moment, decision-making is defined by a separate legislation about universities and universities of applied sciences. A new board will be selected for Oamk, which will organise itself in August after the sale of shares has been completed.

The University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences are facing an intense development stage, during which cooperation will be developed and operations will be digitised alongside normal education and service activities. This step requires a lot of manpower and expertise. The ownership and cooperation arrangements do not aim at savings in personnel costs even at later stages.

"On the contrary, the cooperation enables a rapid development in the digitisation of services and training, which is essential to our success in any case", says Rector of the University of Oulu Jouko Niinimäki.

Last updated: 20.6.2018