North Karelia University of Applied Sciences (NKUAS) is the easternmost University of Applied Sciences in Finland and the European Union. We operate in North Karelia, which is itself the easternmost province of Finland. Our goal is to produce a high quality and efficient response to the demands of modern working life. Maintained by the city of Joensuu, NKUAS is a higher education institution that receives its funding from the Ministry of Education. North Karelia University of Applied Sciences recognises the opportunities open to well-trained experts in the developing technological, business and cultural environment. In this way it ensures a firm foundation for the challenges of the future. North Karelia University of Applied Sciences is well located, surrounded by innovative enterprises, a traditional and active cultural life, and unspoiled nature. In addition, its well-developed know-how concerning EU-programmes makes its position unique when compared to many other educational institutions in the region.
The multidisciplinary North Karelia University of Applied Sciences provides broad-based, high-level and internationally competitive higher vocational education and further education for the needs of the changing regional and national industries, commerce and other working life, as well as research and development which is aimed to benefit both the University's own activities and the region's working life.
The mission of the University of Applied Sciences is to further the success of the enterprises and other working life in North Karelia and the rest of Eastern Finland within its recognised areas of strength, by using clients' needs as a starting point, to actively generate new skills and abilities in entrepreneurship and professional expertise, and to offer young people an internationally competitive alternative of higher education in North Karelia.
North Karelia University of Applied Sciences operates in an active, client- and result-oriented way for regional development by producing internationally competitive know-how, professional expertise and entrepreneurial skills both independently and in cooperation with industry, commerce and other working life.