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The students’ opportunities for further studies shall improve once cooperation is initiated. The City of Savonlinna supports the students of bioproducts engineering and the new study programme in timber construction by means of grants. Both study programmes are included in the spring joint application system.

Aalto University’s School of Chemical Engineering and South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) have agreed to initiate the educational cooperation from the autumn of 2018. The cooperation is related to the bioproducts engineering study programme implemented by Xamk in Savonlinna.
– The educational cooperation with Aalto University meets the strategic objectives to create new partnerships with national and international scientific universities, as set out by Xamk, in an excellent manner, says Jyrki Koivikko, Chairman of the Board of Kaakkois-Suomen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy.

Readiness for Master’s degree studies in engineering with supplementary studies
In the future, Aalto shall offer supplementary courses to students of the bioproducts engineering study programme at Xamk, which provide the students with readiness to continue on to a Master’s degree in Engineering. It involves one or two courses of 5 study credits, which students can flexibly complete as distance learning studies during their Bachelor degree studies. The courses can be included as part of the Bachelor degree.

– Aalto shall reserve five places for Xamk students to take part in the supplementary studies. The completed courses are included when assessing the applicant’s motivation for majoring in Fibre and Polymer Engineering in the Master’s Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering. Supplementary studies shall not be included in the Master of Science (Technology) degree, says Janne Laine, Dean at Aalto University.

– The cooperation strengthens our engineering students’ opportunities for further studies. They can now flexibly deepen their skills and strengthen their acceptance into the Master’s Programme, states Matti Koivisto, Educational Director in Engineering from Xamk.

Grants for students in mechanical wood engineering and bioproducts engineering from Savonlinna
During the joint application system in the spring of 2018, Savonlinna shall offer bioproducts engineering as well as new mechanical wood engineering programmes.

The City of Savonlinna supports the students of both study programmes by means of grants. Each student who starts their studies in bioproducts engineering or mechanical wood engineering shall receive a grant to, for example, cover the costs of purchasing a computer. The grant shall be paid after the first study year to those who have completed 55 study credits.

– Finland’s most significant concentration of mechanical forest industry is situated in Savonlinna. The educational cooperation between Xamk and Aalto University is important for strengthening Savonlinna’s Technology Park and for ensuring professional labour. We want to encourage students to get involved in this growing industry by means of grants, says Janne Laine, Mayor of Savonlinna.

The new mechanical wood engineering study programme focuses on industrial wood engineering. Key themes include, for example, industrial timber construction products, modular structures and paying attention to sustainable development and energy efficiency in construction. Timber construction is expected to grow strongly so the employment prospects of graduates are good.

Engineers who graduate from the bioproducts engineering study programme shall develop and produce wood-based products and production processes, which can be used to replace fossil raw materials and meet the challenges of climate change. Xamk’s Fibre Laboratory offers a good environment for studies.

There are 25 places for the bioengineering study programme and 30 places in mechanical wood engineering. The degree title is Bachelor of Engineering (Polytechnic). The joint application system’s period is between 14th – 28th March 2018 at

More information:
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Chairman of the Board Jyrki Koivikko, 040 670 5509

Principal Heikki Saastamoinen, 050 312 5151,,

Aalto University
Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering Janne Laine, 050 465 6835

City of Savonlinna
Mayor Janne Laine, 044 417 4001