University of applied sciences promotes competence, competitiveness and business

Research, development and innovation activities (RDI) are one of the mandated tasks of universities of applied sciences. Universities of applied sciences produce research data and new methods as well as products and services according to regional needs. In addition, RDI activities serve studies at the universities of applied sciences and their development. RDI activities are guided by e.g. EU and regional strategies.

As a research and development organisation, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is focused on enhancing the vitality of its region of operations, which includes Kouvola, Kotka, Mikkeli and Savonlinna. The goal is to promote business, expertise and competitiveness in the region, and generate novel national and international innovations. In addition, our focus areas and spearheads of competence constitute national and international top expertise that serves, for example, the largest companies in Finland and the export industry.

Research data and expertise to support regional development


Our focus areas include:

  • Digital Economy
  • Forest, the Environment and Energy
  • Sustainable Wellbeing
  • Logistics, Marine Technology and Transport

In addition, Creative Industries is a rapidly emerging focus area that makes use of the expertise and competences of Sustainable Wellbeing and Digital Economy.

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences is a strong implementer of RDI activities and it is currently Finland’s largest UAS in the field of RDI, based on external financing alone. There are over 170 ongoing projects annually, in which our experts find, test and develop new products and services, or conduct research for future needs.

Research cooperation is done with industries, NGOs, public bodies, companies, universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutes. At the international level, our RDI activities are mainly focused on Europe, the Baltic Sea Region and Russia.

Main funding sources for the RDI activities include e.g. EU Structural Funds, other EU and international research programs, Academy of Finland, Business Finland, foundations, companies and other organizations.


Digital economy

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Forest, the Environment and Energy

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Logistics and Seafaring

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Sustainable Wellbeing

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Creative Industries

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