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Savonia signs a sales contract for two degree programmes in the Vietnamese markets

Savonia University of Applied Sciences has signed an important contract with Vietnamese Huan Nghe Group to provide two entire English language degree programmes for Vietnamese students, one being Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a health care programme, and the other Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management. The 75 Vietnamese students to be selected for the programmes will start their studies in Kuopio’s Microkatu Campus in autumn 2020.   

During his visit to Savonia in April, La Quoc Phong, CEO of Huan Nghe Group, familiarized himself with Savonia’s activities, pedagogical strategy, degree structures of the nursing and hospitality management programmes and the university campus. Phong was particularly impressed by the working life oriented pedagogical approach and the smart technological learning environments of Savonia. After the visit, negotiations progressed rapidly and the contract was signed by CEO of Huan Nghe Group and President of Savonia Mervi Vidgrén in June. The contract negotiations with the Vietnamese partner were initiated through collaboration between Savonia and Finland University.

Savonia’s President Mervi Vidgrén is pleased with the contract.  – It is delightful to notice that there is a demand for Savonia’s working life oriented pedagogy in the well-established Asian markets. This is a big step in our efforts to increase education export in Savonia. Sale of entire degree programmes in higher education institutions for specific customer groups is still relatively new even on a national scale.  

Further information:
Virpi Laukkanen
Manager of International Relations
044 785 6018



Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.