Our organisation

The Laurea community is comprised of approximately 7,800 students, 500 staff members and 24,000 Laurea alumni.

Laurea in figures

  • Six campuses: Hyvinkää, Leppävaara, Lohja, Otaniemi, Porvoo and Tikkurila
  • Fields of study: Business Management, Social Services and Health Care and Hospitality Management
  • 16 degree programmes, of which six are taught in English
  • The most appealing university of applied sciences in the joint application process of spring 2018 in Finland: 5.83 primary applicants per starting place
  • 7,800 students in total
  • 500 students in programmes taught in English
  • 1,500 graduates per year from Bachelor’s programmes
  • 180 graduates per year from Master’s programmes
  • Over 24,000 Laurea graduates (spring 2018)
  • Employment rate for graduates one year after graduation 93.7 per cent (2015)
  • 500 employees
  • Annual turnover: EUR 52 million
  • External RDI funding (2017) EUR 3.81 million


The University President Mr. Jouni Koski acts as chairman of the management team, and the members are the unit directors, the rectorate, representatives of personnel organisations, and a representative of the university student organisation Laureamko. The goal of the management team is to assist the President in leading and developing Laurea.

  • Management team 

    Jouni Koski, President and CEO

    Kimmo Hannonen, Vice-President, Support services

    Katri Ojasalo, Vice-President, Education 

    Kyösti Väkeväinen, Vice President, Research, Development and Innovations

    Tuija Hirvikoski, Director

    Ulla Kaukola, Lecturer, representative Laurean Opettajat Ry (teaching staff)

    Kati Komulainen, Director

    Margit Lumia, Director

    Petteri Mussalo, Financial Director

    Seija Paasovaara, Director

    Kimmo Pettinen, Director, IT

    Tiina Päivärinne, Director, Human Resources

    Tiina Ranta, Director, Security affairs

    Sirpa Louhemäki, Information Service Manager, representative of Laurean JHL ry (non-teaching staff)

    Lauri Väisänen, Student Union Representative

    Teemu Ylikoski, Director, external relations and marketing

History of Laurea UAS

Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Laurea UAS, formerly Vantaa University of Applied Sciences and Espoo-Vantaa University of Applied Sciences) began operating in Vantaa in 1992 as one of the first universities of applied sciences to be granted an experimental licence in Finland.

In 1997 – 1998, this experimental licence was expanded to comprise nearly 20 educational institutions in the region of Uusimaa. At that time, the name of the institution was changed to Espoo-Vantaa University of Applied Sciences, reflecting the cities that were its main owners.

The Government of Finland put the institution’s operation on a permanent footing in 2000, and the name Laurea University of Applied Sciences was adopted in 2001.