Our customer base grew and became even more diverse in 2016.
One of our most significant achievements in 2016 was bringing universities of applied sciences and knowledge-intensive businesses to university campuses.
More structural reforms to come
In future, our operating environment will be strongly influenced by the economic climate. The coming years will bring structural reforms that will significantly change society. The university reform that took effect in 2010 was one of the first of these large-scale reforms.
I believe that we will see similar developments in the reform of the Finnish health and social service system. For now, at least, it appears to be following the university reform model with respect to property assets.
On campuses, we expect that universities and universities of applied sciences will engage in even closer cooperation and also increase their collaboration with governmental sector research institutes.
While the emphasis of our research and development activities has been on learning environments in recent years, our focus going forward will be particularly on research environments and the development of cooperation with the business sector. An excellent example of business-driven research, development and innovation is our Kampusareena building, which brings the university and businesses under one roof.
The year 2017 promises to be interesting and busy. We have major investments underway in Turku and Lappeenranta. Plans concerning the Oulu University of Applied Sciences moving to the university campus will also primarily be made during 2017.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and partners for their trust and successful cooperation over the past year. I also want to recognise our personnel for their commitment to developing our operations and delivering excellent customer service.