Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences (COU) is located in western Finland, in northern Europe. COU is a multidisciplinary, dynamic and international higher education institution, which offers students and staff an environment that is innovative, caring and multicultural.
Our education is versatile with degree programmes ranging from Chemical Engineering, Information Technology and Business Management to Nursing, Music and Performing Arts. A strong focus on entrepreneurship and excellent connections with the working-life, provide a good basis for combining theoretical knowledge with career skills in a meaningful way. COU profiles as an international university of applied sciences that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.
In COU there are around 3300 students in six fields and 21 degree programmes. Annual intake is 622 students. COU is multidisciplinary institution and offers 21 degree programmes in the fields of:
Technology, Communications and Transport
Social Sciences, Business and Administration
Social Services, Health and Sports
Humanities and Education
Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services
The language of instruction is Finnish in most degree programmes but we also offer six international degree programmes taught in English, namely the Degree Programme in Business Management, the Degree Programme in Chemistry and Technology, Degree Programme Industrial Management, Degree Programme Information Technology, Degree Programme in Nursing and Degree Programme in Tourism.
COU has three campuses in Kokkola, Pietarsaari and Ylivieska.
CENTRIA is the unit of research, development and further education of the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciencies. The main function of research and development is to create possibilities for the development of the regions enterprises and communities. CENTRIA has the use of the knowhow of the whole staff, the laboratory services and the eager students, who significantly complement the experts work contribution to the profit of the regions entrerprises.
Regional CENTRIA units operate as a network in Kokkola, Ylivieska and Pietarsaari. In CENTRIA you can develop yourself, your enterprise or your organisation.
COU offers continuous guidance to the student all the way from admission through education to graduation and employment.
The main objectives of this guidance are independent study planning on part of the student, smooth progress through studies, degree programme completion within the established time framework and support for the student's professional growth. This guidance intends to underline the importance of student responsibility for and commitment to individual studies and career planning.
CENTRIA is the unit of research, development and further education of the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences. The main function of research and development is to create possibilities for the development of the regions enterprises and communities. CENTRIA has the use of the knowhow of the whole staff, the laboratory services and the eager students, who significantly complement the experts work contribution to the profit of the regions entrerprises.Annually CENTRIA participates in more than 100 separate r&dprojects.
Library and information services
Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences Library assists you to find sources of professional and scientific information. COU Library is open for every user.
You can find more detailed information about library services in COU Library website. You can browse librarys collections in Colibri online catalog.
Welcome to our libraries in Kokkola and Ylivieska!
Library the human interface
Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences has operations in the three towns of Kokkola, Ylivieska and Pietarsaari. This region is not only characterized by the old towns, the sea with its archipelago, and vivid bilingualism, but also by the long river valleys, traditional country life and bustling local cultures.
Kokkola, a pleasant town of 47,000 inhabitants, has ample opportunities for leisure and outdoor activities all year round. For more information about Kokkola, visit [ this page ].
The good transport connections of Ylivieska made this town grow into the Southern Centre of the Oulu Region. The town has 13,400 easy-going inhabitants. For more information about Ylivieska, click [ here ].
Proximity to the sea, a major feature of Pietarsaari, is well demonstrated both in its study and work life. Pietarsaari is a distinctly bilingual town of 20,000 inhabitants.
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