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Oulu Southern Institute


Oulu Southern Institute is the regional unit of the University of Oulu. It is located in the Oulu South region, which is 50-150 km south of Oulu. The purpose of the unit is to promote academic research, education and regional development in its area of influence in order to foster the growth and development of industry and commerce. Oulu South region is well-known for its strong entrepreneurship and active business life. There is a small number of international or global companies, and most of the enterprises are small or medium sized. Their production is, however, notable and their operations are internationally oriented. Oulu Southern Institute has intensive collaboration with vocational education organizations, with the local units of the Universities of Applied Sciences of Central Ostrobothnia and Oulu and with regional development organizations. The Oulu South Educational Network is also cooperating actively to develop the region. This collaboration has proven to be beneficial for the region.
Contact information:
email: firstname.lastname(at)oulu.fi

Eelis Kokko, Director:
Eija-Riitta Niinikoski, Development manager


The main research fields of the Oulu Southern Institute are technology education, astroparticle physics, wireless data transmission and communication, digital media, digital holography, future manufacturing technologies and entrepreneurship. Research activities are conducted in cooperation with the faculties of the University of Oulu or other universities and other national and international partners. The research groups are led by research managers, who are merited experts in their fields.

Research groups:

  • Teknokas - Innovation and Technology Education Center >>
  • CUPP - Centre for Underground Physics >>
  • RFMedia Laboratory - WDT and Digital Media; Digital Holography Team >>
  • FMT - Future Manufacturing Technologies >>

  • Entrepreneurship Research >>


Regional Development and Education

Oulu Southern Institute is an active actor in the regional innovation environment. It promotes and organizes academic research, education and community development. The Institute cooperates with the region’s enterprises as well as public development agencies and educational organizations. The aim is to improve the innovation actors’ competence and networking in order to foster the growth and success of the region. New ways of making national and international (academic) knowledge available for local entrepreneurs and other actors is planned and implemented by experts at the Institute. SMEs and development organizations are offered new possibilities to participate in R&D projects and international collaboration.

Oulu Southern Institute coordinates the Oulu South Educational Network (OEK), which is a virtual organization based on an agreement signed by the educational organizations of the region. The aim of the OEK network is to continuously increase the expertise and innovation activities, thereby enhancing success in the region and all of Northern Finland. Oulu Southern Institute provides student counseling and organizes examinations for distant learning students and plans Masters and Bachelor degree programmes for adults in the region in cooperation with different faculties of the universities.

Pajatie 5, 85500 Nivala
Puhelin (08) 443 320
Faksi (08) 450 645