Karelia UAS starts employee co-operation negotiations regarding the Degree Programme in Music and the Degree Programme in Information and Communications Technology Karelia University of Applied Sciences Ltd has initiated employee co-operation negotiations on Monday, 8th January 2018. The negotiations are based on productive and economic reasons as a consequence of downsizing the operations of Karelia UAS and terminating certain UAS activities. In 2016, Finnish higher education institutions and the Ministry of Education and Culture had performance negotiations in which the strategic objectives for Finnish higher education institutions for years 2017-2020 were defined. On 15th December 2016, the Finnish Government changed the operating license of Karelia UAS Ltd based on the decision to terminate the following degree programmes: Degree Programme in Music, and the Degree Programme in Information and Communications Technology The upcoming co-operation negotiations concern the teaching staff and the support staff for teaching working for the abovementioned degree programmes subject to termination. The negotiations will deal with possible reductions in the number of staff and reorganisation of duties to be implemented in 2018-2019. The estimated extent of the reductions is 12 man-years by the end of year 2019. The negotiations will end on 19 February 2018 at the earliest, after which the CEO makes decisions on the possible reduction of workforce. Further information: Vice President Pekka Auvinen, tel. 050 563 2184.