Students helped to teach Finnish for asylum seekers in Puuppola.

Close cooperation with local operators

The University emphasises openness in societal interaction with its stakeholders. The new central hospital project was finished at the end of the year. It was a preliminary clarification that surveyed cooperation between the health care district and higher education institutions (the University of Jyväskylä, the JAMK University of Applied Sciences and the University of Eastern Finland) and created foundation for a cooperation network. In the future, the purpose is to create a cluster of research, development, innovation and education in Sairaalanmäki.

The University established a financing company. Unifund Jyväskylä Ltd promotes business activities based on intellectual rights created at the University and service business arising from research results.

The University continued to strengthen the promotion of entrepreneurship and the creation and development of start-up companies. The Jyväskylä Business and Innovation Factory started its operation. Its participants include the University, the JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Tuhansien Järvien Uusyrityskeskus ry, Protomo, Jyväskylä Regional Development Company Jykes Ltd and Suomen Yrityskehitys Oy. The Jyväskylä Business and Innovation Factory offers students information and sparring assistance from the business idea phase to the expansion and stabilisation of business.

The Yrittäjyys yhdistää entrepreneurship project started in cooperation with the JAMK University of Applied Sciences and the Jyväskylä Educational Consortium. The project develops entrepreneurship courses offered cooperatively by the educational institutions. The project is funded by the Regional Council of Central Finland and the institutions.

The year 2015 was the first complete year for the structural funds of the European Union (ESF, ERDF) in the programme period 2014–2020. In the current programme period, the quality requirements of projects are higher than before, mainly because there is remarkably less funding opportunities especially in the provinces of Southern and Western Finland. The level of subsidies is clearly higher in Central Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, in which the University of Jyväskylä has a strong foothold.

The Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius was active in the first application rounds. Usually, more than half of its annual funding of 7 million euro is supplementary funding and even as much as 30% come from structural funding projects. In 2015, the proportion of structural funding projects was slightly smaller than in previous years and was around 18% from total funding.

In addition, the University’s sport technology unit in Vuokatti was active. Since 2011, the Centre for Measurement and Information Systems (CEMIS) has been a key form of collaboration in the research activities of the sport technology unit. CEMIS is an agreement-based research and education centre of the Universities of Oulu and Jyväskylä, Kajaani University of Applied Science and two research institutions (the MIKES Centre for Metrology and Accreditation and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland). As earlier, the CEMIS cooperation was very close.