Jari Kuusisto named Vice Rector of the University of Vaasa
University of Vaasa's position among the leading scientific higher
education institutions will be further strengthened by the nomination
of a new Vice Rector with responsibility for research.
Jari Kuusisto, PhD
(53) is currently working as Director of the research group of
SC-Research at the University of Vaasa. The position of Vice Rector is
a new one and the work will involve developing the University's
research and researcher education. The Vice Rector will act as deputy
to the Rector and represent the University of Vaasa in research and
Chairman of the Board of the University of Vaasa, says that the
University has gained a development-minded individual with strong
experience of operating in international networks and leading academic
"Knowledge that leads to new innovations
is born when the research interests of universities and companies come
together. Kuusisto's background in research into innovation policy will
therefore provide an excellent foundation for the development of the
University of Vaasa's research faculties," says Åkerholm.
quality of research and RDI activities are constantly gaining in
importance as success factors for universities. By investing in the
development of research and researcher education, we are strengthening
the University of Vaasa's position as an international university of
science with high scientific standards," says the University's Rector,
Jari Kuusisto has long worked in international
positions and he also has strong links in terms of regional and
national research cooperation. Kuusisto received his doctorate from
Kingston University in the UK with a thesis in Entrepreneurship and
Industrial Sociology in the industrial management faculty. He has also
worked with Visiting Scholar status at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) in the USA. He is currently working as Director of the
SC-Research group in industrial management at the University of Vaasa.
University of Vaasa is already producing research of a very high
international standard. It is exciting to have the opportunity to
continue the development of this community of experts," says Jari
"It is my duty to ensure that all of the skills of the
University of Vaasa's experts are put to use and that top quality
guides everything that we do. I believe that my international networks
and experience in leading and developing multidisciplinary, diversely
financed research activity will help to bring the research activities
of the University of Vaasa to the next level.
The Vice Rector has a fixed-length term, which will end on 31 December 2019.