Record number of students are graduating with a master´s degree from the University of Vaasa

Audience in 2019 Publiikki graduation event
This spring, 444 graduates will receive their master´s degree certificates from the University of Vaasa. The university will celebrate recent graduates on Friday 18th of June in the publiikki graduation event that will be held remotely due to the prevailing situation.

In addition to the 412 master's and 32 Master´s of Science in Technology, 347 bachelors, four doctors and one licentiate will graduate from the University of Vaasa this spring. There are 27 international students who have completed a master’s degree. A total of 791 students will complete their degree in the spring term.

–  During this spring, a record number of masters and bachelors are graduating from the University of Vaasa. We can be proud of both the students and the staff during a special year. It is great to see how research and education together create knowledge for the needs of society, even in demanding times. We wish all graduates success in the future, says Annukka Jokipii, the university's vice-rector.

Publiikki is a graduation event of all the schools where graduates receive their degree certificates. The event is held twice a year. This time, the event programme includes a speech bythe rector of the university Jari Kuusisto and a video greeting from the Minister of Science and Culture Antti Kurvinen, as well as the distribution of scholarships to deserving students.

The first Masters of Science in Technology graduate from the Master's Programme in Smart Energy

The first students of the multidisciplinary and English-language Master's Programme in Smart Energy, which began in the academic year of 2019–2020, will graduate with a Master of Science in Technology in June. The Master's Programme in smart energy provides students with the latest information on the ongoing energy transition. The programme provides graduates with the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to design, research, and develop new intelligent solutions for the sustainable and integrated electrical and energy systems of the future. The goal is to master the potential of future technologies for intelligent energy systems, such as digitalisation, energy storage, and artificial intelligence

–  The students have been very motivated and the interest of new potential students in the programme has grown significantly with each application round, says Hannu Laaksonen, professor of electrical engineering in charge of the degree programme.

The degree programme in Smart Energy is praised by graduating student Topias Katajamäki, who currently works at Vaasa Electricity as a system manager. He feels that he has acquired the tools for project management as well as a broader understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning and programming.

–  I completed the entire master's programme while I was working. All courses were structured so that the use of time between work and study was easy to plan. I was able to deepen my knowledge in electrical engineering, but it was also interesting to study what digitalisation and new technologies will bring to the energy sector in the future, says Katajamäki.

Further information

Vice-rector Annukka Jokipii, University of Vaasa, p. +358 294 498 482, annukka.jokipii(@)

Programme Manager of Master's Programme in Smart Energy and Professor of Electrical Engineering Hannu Laaksonen, University of Vaasa, p. +358 294 498 303, hannu.laaksonen(@)

Master of Science in Technology, Smart Energy, Topias Katajamäki, topi.kataja(@)

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