The programme portfolio and the learning outcomes of each specialisation of the School of Business are an outcome of continuous long-term strategic cooperation with the business community. Our focus areas reflect the business needs at national and international levels. All curricula provide a solid foundation for business skills.

Business Networks

In addition to curriculum design, our business co-operation covers research, recruitment, internship, thesis, marketing and guest lecturing. Co-operation projects often involve School of Business alumni.

We co-operate widely with various organisations, SMEs and technology start-ups such as
• Nordea, the largest financial services group in Northern Europe
• Keski-Suomen Osuuspankki, Finland’s largest financial services group, Member of OP-Pohjola Group
• Valtra, one of the leading tractor manufacturers
• VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
• Valmet, a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp,
paper and energy industries
• Sodexo, an international service industry organisation
• AKK Sports, organiser of the international Neste Oil Rally Finland
• NaturVention, Finnish innovation combining nature and technology
• First Beat Technology, which produces software products for fitness and sports
• KESKO, a highly valued trading sector company

RDI Services for Business

We have a solid experience in preparing and implementing national and international projects. We implement annually approximately 18–25 projects, which focus on the competitiveness of the SMEs. Nearly 1 000 enterprises are involved in our projects. Most projects are funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Mavi Agency for Rural Affairs and Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, TEKES.

Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Students receive support in developing their own business ideas, starting an enterprise or developing an existing one. Students can also get a personal entrepreneurship coach. All students complete at least 5 ECTS credits of entrepreneurship studies.

Advisory Board - efficient connection to business

One of our development forums is the Advisory Board of our School. The Advisory Board comprises representatives from businesses, who provide input on developing degree-awarding education, specialisation studies, RDI work and continuing education along with the weak signals from the labour market.  



Advisory Board members:

  •  José Ayala, Managing Director, Stafix Oy
  •  Ari Hirvonen, Head of Technology Consulting, TietoEnator Oyj
  •  Jari Kuosmanen, District Director, Kesko Oyj, Finnish Lakeland
  •  Simo Käyhkö, Vice President, Jyväs-Caravan Oy
  • Jarmo Mäki-Fränti, Director of Human Resources, Nordea Bank
  •  Antti Määttä, CEO, SOK Keskimaa
  •  Katriina Pilppula, entrepreneur, Hotelli Yöpuu Oy
  •  Juha Rahko, Managing Director, Jyväskylä Fair Ltd
  •  Jaakko Puurula, Vice President, Human Resources, Metso Paper Oy
  •  Eija Tolkki, Director of Human Resources, OP-Pohjola Group Central Finland
  •  Tuija Sinisalo, Managing Director, City of Jyväskylä Food Services
  •  Petrikki Tukiainen, CEO, Villinikkarit Oy
  •  Seppo Virta, Managing Director, Spa Hotel Peurunka


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