The level of education in Ostrobothnia has for a long time been rising steadily. Within eight universities and polytechnics about 12,000 students, in more than 30 different study programmes, make their way towards the professions of tomorrow. The University of Vaasa, the Åbo Akademi University and the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration offer education and scientific research able to withstand any international comparison. Due to the high frequency of smaller businesses and the industry of the region, also the employment rates are the highest in the country.
Every year a great deal of exchange students as well as international degree students chooses to study in one of the many Ostrobothnian study programmes. Also the region’s international businesses bring a breath of internationality to both the labour market and the street scene.