The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius acts as a joint institution in Kokkola, carrying out teaching and research under the auspices of the universities of Jyväskylä, Oulu and Vaasa. The Consortium’s areas of specialization mainly reflect those of its university partners: education, data processing, social sciences and regional studies, business and administration, the natural sciences, and materials technology. The consortium also works in close cooperation with the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences and with industry in the Kokkola region.
The University Consortium offers both master’s and doctoral level education. In addition, it engages in scientific research, arranges a wide range of adult education courses, and accepts commissions from individuals and organizations within the region. Thus, its activities may be looked on as a modern attempt to combine the goals of educational, scientific, and regional policy under one roof.
Emphasis on adult education
One of the consortium’s aims is to create pathways for people who have already completed a university degree to follow in order to achieve a change of profession. For this reason, instruction is directed towards a second qualification and its standards are supervised by the universities concerned, from which the degrees are also awarded.
Use of teaching technology
The consortium is known for its high standards in information and communications technology. ICT is utilized as a means by which university studies can be freed from the restrictions of time and place. Full use is made of data networks and video teaching as one part of the university networking model developed at Kokkola.
Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius – areas of academic expertise
• pedagogics (University of Jyväskylä)
• information technology (University of Jyväskylä)
• social sciences (University of Jyväskylä)
• health sciences (University of Oulu)
• natural sciences, specialising in chemistry (University of Oulu)
• business studies (University of Vaasa)