The Technical education in Vaasa

The technical education was initialised in Finland 1849 in three cities: Vaasa, Helsinki and Turku. The institution established in Vaasa was named Tekniska Realskolan i Vasa . Vasa industriskola was established 1887. In 1938 the Technical education in Vaasa moved from the city center premises out to Palosaari, Wolffintie 33.

In 1941 Tekniska skolan i Vasa- Vaasan teknillinen koulu  was established. The school gave education both in Swedish and Finnish languages. In the year 1967 the school was divided based on language. Vasa tekniska läroanstalt (Swedish education) and Vaasan teknillinen oppilaitos (Finnish education). 

Later the Swedish school of technology started as one of the first applied universities named Vasa tekniska yrkeshögskola (Vaasa Polytechnic) 1991-1996. Svenska yrkeshögskolan (Vaasa Swedish Polytechnic) was later merged with  yrkeshögskolan Sydväst (Polytechnic) and finally Novia University of Applied Sciences was established in 2008.Novia




in 1991 Vaasan teknillinen oppilaitos was the first in Finland to offer an education program in english Bachelor in Architecture & Engineering. The Finnish Vaasa institute of technology was combined with other
disciplines; Health Care and Social Services and Business Economics, and Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK) was established 1996-1999




The technical studies at University of Vaasa started when studies for industrial economist started in 1988. The engineering studies started in 1990 in collaboration with Helsinki University of technology. Later in 2004 University of Vaasa started independent higher education (master and doctoral studies) in the field of technology.



In 2001 the Academic library Tritonia opened and today University of Vaasa, Vamk University of Applied Sciences, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa and Jakobstad, Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa, and Centria University of Applied Science in Jakobstad.

In 2011 Åbo Akademi university started a higher education programme in Engineering (masters) in cooperation with Novia University of Applied Sciences in Swedish.