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The Tarvaala Bioeconomy Campus is developing

The campus in Tarvaala, Saarijärvi, has provided agricultural education for over 150 years. The Tarvaala Campus is home to two bioeconomy training and research and development education institutions: the natural resources department of the Vocational Institute of Northern Central Finland (POKE) and the Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Bioeconomy. In the campus work and study almost 600 people: 500 students and 100 professionals.

The Bioeconomy Campus can serve as a concrete meeting place for industry entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, developers and students. Company and education requirements form the starting point of the area development – the goals are to illustrate the structures and functions of a future bioeconomy society and to offer the opportunity to test new solutions.

Resourcewise Bioeconomy Campus

In Central Finland the well-being is based on bioeconomy business such as forestry, paper and pulp industry and related machinery industries. The region aims to use its natural resources wisely. Bioeconomy campus is inspiring and expertised environment for resourcewise bioeconomy business development, expertise exchange and lifelong learning.

The community of practice researches, develops and promotes new business based on renewable natural resources. It especially invests in creation of innovative operating models and services, development of small and medium-sized enterprises as well as encourages support start-ups and entrepreneurs.

In development work, the community of practice intelligently combines competences from different fields of operation, and aims at the growth of value added biomass. It supports bold experiments in the commerzialisation of bioeconomic solutions. It operates actively in national as well as international bioeconomy networks.

Bioeconomy Campus connects with bioeconomy developers via platform. Together we make a joint table to solve global and local challenges with bioeconomy innovations. Learn more:

Do you want more information?

Please contact the actors in the region:

  • Pekka Janhonen, Director of education,  +358 40 0542 031,, The Vocational Education Institute of Northern Central Finland, Natural Resources and Environment
  • Minna Lappalainen, Director, +358 40 630 0384,, Jamk University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Bioeconomy
  • Jyrki Rahkonen, Director of economic Development, + 358 40 581 5964,, Municipality of Saarijärvi