How we make an impact in South-Eastern Finland

We renew the vitality of South-Eastern Finland by offering degree education, continuous learning, and business services. Our research, development, and innovation (RDI) activities also play a significant role in strengthening vitality, as we are the largest RDI university of applied sciences in Finland. We work for the benefit of our regions together with our partner network.

Skills, innovations, and collaborative development keep our region vital.

Attractiveness and retention in Southeast Finland

As a local university, we are an important partner for our campus cities and regions, South Savo and Kymenlaakso. We promote the success of our region in close cooperation with the business and economic sectors. Our common goal is to ensure that there is enough skilled workforce living here, our region’s economic structure is diverse, and companies have good opportunities to develop and succeed.

We also strongly invest in internationalization, which strengthens the vitality of our regions as those who come here to study and work settle down. By supporting work and education-based immigration, we also meet national goals. International impact also arises through higher education cooperation and networking.

We produce future professionals to meet the needs of the workforce through degree education and continuous learning.

Our RDI expertise directly targets the development of the region’s economy and supports responsibility and the green transition. In 2023, our RDI activities received 19.3 million euros in external funding for regional development – this amount is among the national leaders.

Our activities positively affect the competitiveness, mental climate, and regional image of our campus cities.

Our economic impact on our regions in 2023

Our direct vitality impacts include Xamk’s employment effect, i.e., the number of staff, the tax revenues generated, the investments directed to the region, and the purchase of services. In 2023, the amount of investments was 7.2 million euros, service purchases 14.5 million euros, and taxes paid by staff 4 million euros.

Xamk’s purchases and investments have an indirect impact on regional employment and increased purchasing power.

You can find more information on Xamk’s impact at our theme and city-specific pages!


Our regional impact in the city of Kotka

We directly impact the vitality of our regions and campus cities in many ways. For example, our staff numbers are growing, as are the tax revenues paid. Explore these figures and our other impacts in the Kotka region!


Our regional impact in the city of Kouvola

Xamk makes purchases and investments in its operating area, thereby indirectly supporting employment and purchasing power. We support student entrepreneurship and the internationalization of our regions. See how our activities impact the Kouvola region.


Our regional impact in the city of Mikkeli

As a university, Xamk is a significant attraction factor in South-Eastern Finland. A large proportion of students come to our campus cities from other parts of Finland or other countries. Some also stay in the area. At the same time, companies and other sectors gain new expertise. Explore our impacts in Mikkeli!


Our regional impact in the city of Savonlinna

Our role is also significant in applied research, which directly targets the development of the operations of companies and other organizations in our regions. Check out the results we have achieved in Savonlinna.

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