The Tarvaala Bioeconomy Campus is evolving into a future bioeconomy expertise and business development area.

The campus in Tarvaala, Saarijärvi, has provided agricultural education for nearly 150 years. The Tarvaala Campus is home to two bioeconomy training and research and development education institutions: the natural resources department of the Vocational Institute of Northern Central Finland (POKE) and the JAMK Institute of Bioeconomy.

A project to convert the Tarvaala Bioeconomy Campus into a bioeconomy expertise and business development hub was kick started in 2014. In the future, the Bioeconomy Campus can serve as a concrete meeting place for industry entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, developers and students. Company and education requirements form the starting point of the area development – the goals are to illustrate the structures and functions of a future bioeconomy society and to offer the opportunity to test new solutions.

A statement of intent was concluded in October 2014 so that the partners may show their commitment to the development of the Tarvaala campus area.

“Bioeconomy is a vigorously developing social sector that requires plenty of new information and experts as well as a framework for developing new products and services based on biomasses,” says Project Specialist Mari Hakkarainen.

The statement of intent specifies development measures concerning education, corporate cooperation, business incubator and facility services, construction and marketing.

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