The campus report needs a vision on the super campus of the future

On the 26th of April, the city of Oulu published the common project planning reservation on the Raksila area by the University of Oulu, Arina and Kesko.

The Student Union of the University of Oulu (OYY) thinks that the report leaves many questions unanswered. It especially lacks long-term vision. The report leaves it unclear if the university’s original objective of relocating all of Linnanmaa campus’ activities to Raksila-Kontinkangas area on some time frame remains. The possibility for extensions is only mentioned in one sentence in the 52-page document, and the 2nd and 3rd building phases are not mentioned at all.

Earlier OYY has reacted positively to relocating the campus near the city centre and the new, modern university facilities. OYY has regarded it important that the preconditions it has demanded will be fulfilled when planning the campus. “Students and staff must be taken along in every step of the planning process, the campus must have sufficient premises, and the special needs of different fields must be taken into consideration in the planning, and all activities of Linnanmaa campus must be relocated near the city centre or Kontinkangas on a long run”, emphasises Kauko Keskisärkkä, Secretary General of the Student Union.

OYY still sees the central campus as an opportunity for future students, but calls for more ambitious envisioning from the university. As the project planning continues, the university must solve how all of Linnanmaa campus’ activities – including the University of Applied Sciences – could be relocated to the Raksila-Kontinkangas area by 2040.

“If we’re going to go to the city centre, then let’s go there properly. Let’s utilise the close proximity of Kontinkangas campus and make the area the super campus of the future”, says Olli Joki, OYY’s Chair of the Board.

 

Additional information

Olli Joki
Chair of the Board
Student Union of the University of Oulu
+358 40 523 1821

Kauko Keskisärkkä
Secretary General
Student Union of the University of Oulu
+358 40 523 1822

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