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Competence and Research Activities

The SWOT analysis for competence and research activities shows the current strengthens and weaknesses in Lapland as well as the opportunities and threats until 2020.

  • Relatively comprehensive network of educational institutes
  • Current extensive provision of upper secondary education
  • Good co-operation between education organisers
  • Diverse education and research competence in the tourism field
  • Arctic research and development competence
  • The innovation programme and diverse provision of education of the university consortium


  • Targeting education and training according to the changing needs of the region
  • Diverse provision of higher education made possible by the university consortium
  • New educational innovations, productisation of educational competence and development of training services for adults
  • Co-operation between educational and research institutes, business life and the public sector in research, development and innovation activities
  • Making research, development and innovation activities more international, especially in Arctic competence


  • Age structure of the population and decreasing young age groups
  • Long distances
  • Lack of resources in research, development and innovation activities (including research institutions)
  • Lack of university education in the natural sciences and technology


  • Weak population development
  • Reductions in study places
  • Education funding system cuts
  • Centralisation of research activities and higher education at a few centres nationwide