Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

We are a multi-disciplinary and an international higher education institute of approximately 6,000 students and over 400 employees. In our operating area on the west coast of Finland, we are a significant creator of experts as well as a developer, a propeller of internationalisation and a promoter of entrepreneurship.






International students


English programmes

SAMK's vision, mission and profile

Vision: All SAMK students will be employed.

SAMK provides experts and developers for the region and promotes internationality and entrepreneurship in Satakunta.

The economic and industrial structure of the region requires SAMK to be able to offer extensive education and research opportunities in the fields of health care and social services , business administration, and technology.

SAMK profiles itself as an industrial higher education institution.

SAMK has the responsibility to produce customizable competence to meet the modern and versatile needs of working life in the region of Satakunta and the neighbouring areas, and in the chosen fields all over Finland.

SAMK's slogan sums up all this: Think Future.

See the strategy page for strategic goals and other details.

SAMK in figures (2021)

Locations (four campuses): Pori, Rauma, Huittinen, Kankaanpää

Key figures

  • Staff 459
  • Turnover 33.2 M €
  • Publications 254

Trainings a total of 44

  • In Finnish 30
  • In English 14

Degrees 1117, of which Master Degrees 165

  • Degree students 6414

Business accelerator

  • 40 new contracts (703 in total)
  • 4 new companies (351 in total)

Students of the Open University of Applied Sciences 4187

76 nationalities

More than 500 partner companies and communities

More than 200 international partner universities

Ongoing projects a total of 135

  • New domestic projects 44
  • New international projects 6
  • External financing of projects 4,8 M € (in 2021)
  • The total volume of ongoing projects is 17,3 M €

Latest News

Satakunta has unique high-tech industrial parks in Pori and Harjavalta, where large international companies process technology metals (copper, nickel, gold and silver) and manufacture high-tech metal products such as rare earth permanent magnets, superconductors and battery chemicals. The online method based on laser spectroscopy, developed by RoboAI Green experts, is hoped to be a future tool for industry to increase the share of recycled raw material and to monitor the process. Pictured are Hannu Henttinen, Pekka Suominen and Timo Santa-Nokki.

Laser spectrometer helps to recycle valuable technology metals correctly

– The laser spectrometer for metal detection designed and built in the RoboAI laboratory of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences has been made to work as intended and the first results look very promising, says project manager Pekka Suominen with satisfaction.