Epanet is the research network of the University Consortium of Seinäjoki (UCS). It is a regional network that brings together 25 research groups focusing on four main areas. Each group is led by a professor or research director affiliated with one of the member universities. In addition to being regional, Epanet is also international in that research groups operate in international networks with partners and also receive international funding. Read more about international co-operation

Epanet is based on a vision of UCS research as internationally known for its high-quality, multidisciplinary approach that merges academic and societal needs and outputs. By 2022, UCS knowhow and research will be a point of reference for co-operative spirit in action, for business co-operation, and for initiatives on new types of academic services. Read more about the strategy below.

Epanet funding is for the most part collected and administrated by the University Association of South Ostrobothnia (Epky) that also co-ordinates the Epanet network (site in Finnish), thus the close relationship between UCS and Epky.

Highlights of UCS research strategy
• is cross- and multidisciplinary for best quality • is nationally and internationally networked for scholarly expertise • promotes co-operation with companies and organizations and is thus applicable in practice • boosts inpiring openings • is communicated through various channels
• interesting, multidisciplinary working environment with various research institutes and institutions of higher education • unique network for co-operation with research and development, business, and government • effortless collaboration between individuals, enhanced by reciprocal communication • intra-organizational interaction aided by spatial solutions • creating an appealing working environment to attract national and international experts to the region
• focus areas shared with and reinforced by interaction with other university units, universities of applied sciences and research institutes • research groups as the basis for continuity • funding from various sources to stabilize resources