Rectors and Vice-Rectors

E-mail: firstname.lastname(at)



Mauri Ylä-Kotola

Rector, Professor, PhD
Term: 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2019

  • Operational management and strategic planning of the University
  • Management and financing of operations
  • Appointment and dismissal of professors
  • Quality assurance
  • International affairs
  • External affairs and communication
  • Presentation and implementation of matters considered by the University Board

Tel. +358 400 276 288




Kaarina Määttä

Vice-Rector, PhD (Education)
Professor of Educational Psychology
Term: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019

  • Undergraduate teaching and learning
  • Development of education and student advisement
  • Student feedback
  • Open University
  • Virtual teaching

Tel. +358 400 696 480



Antti Syväjärvi

Vice-Rector for Research, PhD
Director of Graduate School
Professor of Design Research
Term: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2019

  • Coordination of the University’s research activities
  • Promotion of successful bids to procure competitive international and national research funding
  • Postgraduate education and coordination and development of measures to strengthen the University’s profile
  • Electronic approval of Academy of Finland projects

Tel. +358 400 606 244




Markus Aarto

 Director of Administration

  • Head of the University’s Administrative Services Unit
  • Management and coordination of the preparation and implementation of administrative and human resources affairs
  • Liaison between the University and its shareholder corporations and stakeholders
  • Presenter of matters for decision before the University Collegium
  • Secretary General of the University Board
  • Director of University Preparedness

Tel. +358 40 484 4000


Executive secretary


Henna-Leena Mäntylä

Executive secretary

  • Secretary to the Rectors and Director of Administration
  • Secretary to the University Collegium
  • Treasurer and secretary of the University Foundation
  • Financial officer of the Graduate School
  • Grant-related matters

Tel. +358 40 579 8769


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