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Sinuhe Wallinheimo Chair of the Board of JAMK University of Applied Sciences

JAMK can only win with the Hippos2020 project

"JAMK University of Applied Sciences has a very strong position as a regional development partner for businesses and an attractive location for students, and developing these aspects further by creating new innovative solutions should be the objective of everyone at JAMK. "

The most important ability for any successful organisation is the ability to keep up with the times. To anticipate and detect opportunities and dangers, and to be where the action is.

This is also true in the world of institutions of higher education, where being in the right place at the right time has made JAMK University of Applied Sciences an internationally and nationally esteemed institution of higher education. Methods for creating closer co-operation between institutions of higher education and businesses that were tried here for the first time have become national standards for other operators.

The same open-mindedness and pioneering spirit is needed to this day. The large investments made in Jyväskylä will also open new opportunities for JAMK. The Hippos2020 project will reinforce Jyväskylä’s position as Finland’s leading sports and well-being city, supported further by the so-called Kukkula project, in which the region will receive a new central hospital.

This overall improvement will give us opportunities to carry out new development projects and develop our business activities in JAMK’s areas of strength, such as the well-being sector or the tourism sector in the form of sports tourism. JAMK’s well-being and business units are strong operators in the development of exercise and sports, and additions such as a sports instructor training programme would complement the overall package beautifully. I strongly believe that the Ministry of Education and Culture will understand this as well.

One vision to be considered in the long term is relocating the campus to the new Hippos area. A better location in the middle of the developing City of Jyväskylä, in the interface between businesses, would certainly serve the teaching activities and increase JAMK’s external attractiveness among students and investors. This would also bring new dimensions to co-operation with the university in the form of synergic benefits.

JAMK University of Applied Sciences has a very strong position as a regional development partner for businesses and an attractive location for students, and developing these aspects further by creating new innovative solutions should be the objective of everyone at JAMK.

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