Research, development and services

The starting point for Karelia University of Applied Sciences are the region, entrepreneurship and working life. Success grows from expertise and activity. 

The key area for the operations of Karelia UAS, i.e. ​​North Karelia, is a province facing structural changes, where regional development through education, RDI-activities and service activities are of particular importance. Future opportunities for the Joensuu region and North Karelia are based on the versatile business and labour structure in the region, on the continuous need for reforming expertise and on the development of competence. Supporting existing businesses and other forms of working life as well as promoting new entrepreneurship, are also key elements.

The operations of Karelia UAS are based on the goal of developing the regional business and industrial life to meet international competence requirements. Collaboration is both a prerequisite and a resource for the success of Karelia UAS. The operations of Karelia UAS emphasise customer-orientation and interactivity. Updating one’s expertise with postgraduate or specialising studies or short courses benefits both adult learners and their employers. Our starting point is to make use of the newest theoretical knowledge and research which we put into practise for the benefit of working life.

Research, development and production

Companies may develop their products and services, production methods and activities by taking part in Karelia UAS research and development projects or by having students carry out final projects. Karelia University of Applied Sciences is a central part of the regional innovation system. As a competent and innovative partner we want to be enhancing the success of the whole region. You, your company or community have a chance to benefit from the versatile and practical know-how, national and international networks and experience of Karelia University of Applied Sciences.


Internationality is a major option for companies and communities. Internationality is part of all Karelia UAS activities. In our services to companies and communities, internationality becomes concrete through language skills, contacts, cooperation of academic institutions and business life, projects, and market surveys.

At Karelia UAS, more than 400 professionals in their fields are at the service of companies and communities. We want to be among those who are building a better North Karelia. We welcome you to cooperate with us.