The Board is responsible for decision-making at Arene, with the exception of regulatory matters at annual meetings. The Board focuses on decision-making, taking a stand on strategic level issues and the promotion of universities of applied sciences. The Board monitors project and working group activities and appoints representatives to working groups.

Arenes Board in the year 2017:



Rector, Ph.D., adjunct professor
Tapio Varmola
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

Kampusranta 11, 60320 SEINÄJOKI
mobile +358-40-830 4100


First Vice President

Rector, Lic. Phil.
Riitta Konkola
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Bulevardi 31, 00180 HELSINKI
tel.  +358-9-7424 5003
mobile +358-50-548 6069


Second Vice President

Rector, Ph.D., adjunct professor
Petri Raivo
Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Tikkarinne 9, 80200 JOENSUU
tel.  +358-13-260 6688
mobile  +358-50-310 9749

Rector, Ph.D., adjunct professor

Juha Kämäri
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

Tiedepuisto 3, 28600 PORI
mobile +358-44-710-3003


Rector, Ph.D.

Tapio Huttula
HUMAK University of Applied Sciences

Ilkantie 4, 00400 HELSINKI
tel.  +358-20-762 1349
mobile +358-40-563 7944


Rector, Ph.D.

Mervi Vidgrén
Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Microkatu 1, 70201 KUOPIO
mobile +358-44-785 5001