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At the University of Vaasa, we think out of the box in order to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in the quality of research and teaching in order to tackle the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-minded leaders and experts. We are well known for our high-quality education and inspirational teachers. Our expertise in the fields of business studies, technology, administrative sciences and communication forms the core of our university. Our discipline-based research is complemented by our phenomenon-driven research platforms.  

The University of Vaasa is over the next years making considerable strategic investments in its international  development operations. For this purpose we are establishing a core team of experts working initially to achieve substantial growth in overseas student recruitment.  We are now offering an exciting opportunity for a skilled international development practitioner to drive results in an international student recruitment environment and achieve success in partnership enhancement. 

The role

As the International Development Manager you will work to achieve substantial growth in overseas recruitment and enhance institutional global partnerships and networks in the designated market (India and South Asia). Working closely with the Vice Rector and reporting to the Director of International Development, you lead the implementation of the University’s international student recruitment strategy as a part of the wider University strategic plan and in support of the University Schools’ objectives. In consultation with senior management and other internal stakeholders, you will set recruitment priorities and deliver appropriate international development for the dedicated market. Further key responsibilities include:

  • ensuring University wide engagement by developing strong supportive working relationships to deliver the strategic aims in designated region
  • providing proactive support to academic Schools informing programme development 
  • in collaboration with external partners and internally with colleagues in Communications, Brand & Marketing as well as International Admissions and other teams throughout the University, enhancing application to enrolment conversion by developing, reviewing and delivering a range of relevant activities
  • developing recruitment orientated and strategic international partnerships by working closely with key partners, in country representatives and agents to ensure that targets are met and that intake is monitored, as well as identifying new business opportunities

To be successful in this role, you will have a background in and experience of international student recruitment, and ideally excellent knowledge of India/South Asia and another major recruitment market. You have excellent collaborative skills and substantial experience of developing strong working relationships in an international setting.

In this role you should be prepared to undertake overseas visits which amount up to twelve weeks each year. The focus of this role will be India and South Asia. You may be expected to engage in other recruitment markets in line with the University’s development plans.

For more detailed information about the role and team as well as working at the University of Vaasa, please see the Candidate brief – International development team

What we offer

The salary  of this position is based on the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). The salary is competitive and reviewed regularly based on performance. If you are moving to Finland from abroad, relocation services are available. 

As an employer, we invest in our employees’ occupational well-being by offering comprehensive occupational health care. This includes extensive medical care and preventive measures such as ergonomical check-ups, fitness and culture vouchers,  and a multitude of other activities to support well-being at work. Our flexible working times and options such as blended home/campus working contribute to work-life balance.  Our commitment to support the career development of our personnel is visible in the broad offering of training and competence development opportunities.


To apply for the position, please use our online application system (using the “Leave an application” button below). Please attach a cover letter along with a CV to your application. 

This position is open for applications until 7th September 2022. 

Further information

The position is offered on a full-time permanent basis starting 1.10.2022 or as agreed. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.  

If you have questions about the role, please contact Vice Rector Martin Meyer by email: [email protected] 

Inquiries about the online application system: [email protected]

Please note that there will be a delay in our replies due to the summer holidays.

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