An inspiring campus experience in sight – give your ideas

Once a month, we dive into the different sectors of the University Strategy during strategy-mornings. The next event is on November 14.

What kind of facility changes are in process at University of Oulu? What is an inspiring environment for studying, working and visiting like? How will the facilities develop in the future?

These things among others were discussed during the first strategy-morning at the Tellus Innovation Area in Linnanmaa on an October Wednesday morning. The event initiated a new series of six strategy events, where we discuss and conclude the different sectors that make up the University Strategy. Events are arranged roughly once a month.

The university has 183,000 square meters of space, which can be compared to the space of 1,830 one hundred square meter apartments combined. The share of the budget for facilities is 13.5 percent.

To diversify the study facilities to improve their support for learning and to gradually make the work facilities more activity based in connection with the upcoming renovation are clear development directions for the future.

For example, Associate Professor Juha Tuunainen from the School of Economics wondered about the long hallways that you go through to your own work space for the whole day, and meet others at the photocopier at most.

University Lecturer Aulikki Herneoja from the School of Architecture told that their unit has already moved to a modern working environment. She emphasised, that listening to users and perceiving real usage situations are utmost important during the planning phase.

The university is also becoming a sun powered and more green campus. The capturing of solar power is being developed, and all ideas associated with environmental-friendliness are welcome.

During the strategy-morning Development Manager Johanna Bluemink told what kind of spaces best support information work and learning. Innovation areas like Tellus enable a work method based on interaction, and you can also get help from Tellus to carry out events. The Kontinkangas Campus will get its own Tellus in August 2019.

Postdoctoral Researcher Sari Hirvonen-Kantola told about the practical work by urban planning students, which could make the whole Linnanmaa-Kaijonharju area communicate the spirit and goals of the University. Also at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, students are composing ideas for the campus.

In the next strategy-morning on November 14th we will discuss the strengths of co-operation, the qualities of a good workplace and questions regarding content and sensibleness of work. The morning event is held between 8.30 and 10.00 a.m. at the Stage of Tellus Innovation Area in Linnanmaa.


Strategic project sectors that push the University Strategy forward:

  • Top level, knowledgeable, well-being staff
  • Active partnerships and dialogue
  • High-quality and high-impact research
  • High-quality education in all phases of life
  • Inspiring campuses, communities of work and study

The University of Oulu Strategy


In the strategy-morning Administration Director Essi Kiuru made good questions to the audience. You can still give your ideas online by October 31.

Last updated: 12.10.2018