Centria University of Applied Sciences

Year of foundation: 2006
Approx. number of students: 3,300
Period of study: End August-Mid December; Early January-Mid May
MCI partner since: 2007

The City

Kokkola is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Ostrobothnia region. The town has a population of approx. 46,000. The municipality is bilingual with 84.2% being Finnish and 13.9% Swedish speakers.

An interesting historical affair, known as the Skirmish of Halkokari, occurred at the town of Kokkola in May 1854 during the Crimean War. British marines from HMS Vulture and HMS Odin tried to come ashore to ransack the town, but were repelled by local defenders, of which many were civilians armed with hunting rifles. One of the 9 smaller British craft (a gunboat) fell into the hands of the defenders. As such, this boat was the only Royal Navy vessel still in foreign possession in 1914. The boat is still today a museum-object and can be seen in Kokkola's English Park. The town council has refused to return the boat despite several requests by the United Kingdom, most recently by John Stuttard, the Lord Mayor of London. The British Treasury annually pay a small sum for the maintenance of nine graves of nine marines killed in action during the skirmish to the local church congregation.

The University

Centria University of Applied Sciences is a middle-sized, bilingual higher education institution operating in the coastal towns of Kokkola and Pietarsaari, on the west coast of Finland and in the nearby towns of Ylivieska and Haapajärvi, which are situated in the river valleys on the Ostrobothnian plain. Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences is a dynamic University, which offers 26 degree programs in the following fields:
- Technology, Communication and Transport
- Social Sciences, Business and Administration
- Social Services, Health and Sports
- Culture
- Humanities and Education
- Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services

The language of instruction is Finnish in most degree programs but they also offer six international degree programs taught in English, namely the degree program in Business Management, Chemistry and Technology, Industrial Management, Information Technology, Nursing and Tourism. The Industrial Management Department is situated at Ylivieska Campus.