Janne Äijö, Professor, Programme Manager

"Cutting-Edge Research"

Biography

  • Professor of Accounting and Finance
  • Programme Manager of the Master's Degree Programme in Finance
  • PhD in Finance / University of Vaasa

Teaching Interests

Prof. Äijö has several years of teaching experience and he currently acts as the Programme Manager of the Master's Degree Programme in Finance.

"We have a strong background in cutting-edge research which is utilised in the courses. In addition, our programme has a high level of co-operation with national and international universities and different organisations such as the European Central Bank.”

Prof. Äijö highlights the expertise of the teaching staff in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Vaasa:

"FRG, a research group organised nowadays by the members of the teaching staff, has a pioneering role in finance research in Finland. Based on its publications of hundreds of scientific articles in international peer-reviewed academic journals, FRG was ranked 10th among European institutions of higher education in terms of finance research productivity in 2004. Students on the Master's Degree Programme in Finance will benefit greatly from this achievement."
"Work hard, be curious and enjoy the challenges faced not only during your studies but also during your working life. Finance typically attracts the smartest and most motivated people in business. That of course explains why it is always developing."

Research Expertise

  • Financial markets
  • Financial derivatives


Prof. Äijö has published numerous internationally refereed scholarly publications in journals such as the Journal of Futures Markets.

He is also a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Finance and Financial Accounting and a member of the board at the Vaasan Arvopaperisijoittajat (Local Shareholders' Union).


Sami Vähämaa, Professor

Biography

  • Professor of Accounting and Finance
  • Head of Department
  • PhD in Finance

Sami Vähämaa is a Professor of Accounting and Finance at the University of Vaasa. He is also been named as a Docent in Accounting and Finance at the Turku School of Economics and as a Research Fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Previously, he has held visiting appointments at the University of Central Florida and the European Central Bank.

Teaching Interests

Professor Vähämaa's teaching interests are financial markets, financial derivatives, and corporate finance. He has been teaching finance courses at the University of Vaasa for over ten years, and he also has university-level teaching experience at Turku School of Economics (Finland), Turku School of Economics at Pori (Finland), University of Tampere (Finland), Stockholm University (Sweden), and Auburn University (USA). In 2009, he received the Business Teacher of the Year Award.

"The Master's Degree Programme in Finance is a high-quality, EPAS-accredited programme. The Programme has a strong emphasis on research and it equips students with analytical and problem-solving skills that are needed for analysing financial markets."

Finance students will meet Prof. Vähämaa during the compulsory courses Research in Financial Analysis and Introduction to Master’s Thesis Research in Finance.

Research Expertise

  • Financial markets
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial derivatives
  • Corporate governance

Professor Vähämaa's research interests and expertise are reflected in his teaching and in the design of the Programme. His current research interests include financial markets, financial derivatives, financial accounting, and corporate governance. Prof. Vähämaa’s research articles have been published in prestigious scholarly journals such as the Journal of Banking & Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Accounting Horizons, the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, the Journal of Futures Markets, the Journal of Financial Services Research, the European Journal of Finance, and the Financial Review. He is a recipient of several international research awards, including the 2010 Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs.


Timo Rothovius, Professor

Biography

  • Professor of Accounting and Finance

Teaching Interests

Students on the Master's Degree Programme in Finance will meet Prof. Rothovius on courses in Investments and Research in Financial Analysis. In addition, he instructs students who are doing their Master's theses.

"On the Master's Degree Programme in Finance we work closely with the people from accounting within our department and that makes this programme unique. If you are interested in the field you can make the most out of yourself. The employability of our students is excellent. It is very easy for them to get a job with a good salary."

"If you work hard there is no limit to what you can do after graduating from this programme. If you understand finance you can do almost anything in the business world."

Research Expertise

  • Investments
  • Financial markets

Prof. Rothovius has received several awards for his publications. His outstanding insight in the field and his research background continues to push forward the quality of the Department and the programme. The Department has been consistently ranked as one of the top research units in Finland and Europe because of the quality of its research and contributions to the field.

Outside the University Prof. Rothovius is also the Chairman of the board of the Finnish Shareholders Association.