Kuopio is a university town of global significance. Highly functional networks open doors to the global market and promote exports.
The regional structure of North Savo includes strong export industries. Export businesses have an increasing need for new expertise produced by universities of technology. Expertise in the technical fields of Savonia University of Applied Sciences and in medicine and the natural sciences in the University of Eastern Finland is in high demand.
Vocational training flexibly responds to the labour needs of businesses.
The operating conditions of businesses improve when talent is readily available. The presence of expertise is essential for existing businesses to believe in their future in the region as well as for new businesses to see an opening to move here. Flexible learning opportunities guarantee that e.g. those who are already working can easily supplement their expertise to respond to the changing needs of businesses. Maintenance of the number of degrees and study places enables responsiveness in terms of regional vitality.
Undergoing strong growth and development, Kuopio University Hospital is one of the most modern hospitals in Europe and, together with the University of Eastern Finland, the largest educator of doctors in Finland, the most popular educator of dentists and a significant teaching hospital and research community. Education, research and development of the university hospital and the more expensive operating environment of highly demanding specialized health care must be guaranteed in the funding of the North Savo province.