Every municipality and city in Kainuu provides basic education. Kainuu has 31 comprehensive schools. In Paltamo, basic education is provided by Korpitie School and Kontiomäki School. The upper secondary school of Paltamo operates in the multi-purpose centre of Korpitie. Kainuu also has five other upper secondary schools, which are located in Kuhmo, Kajaani, Puolanka, Sotkamo and Suomussalmi. The upper secondary schools of Kajaani and Kuhmo have a music programme. The upper secondary school of Sotkamo offers future elite athletes an opportunity to combine goal-oriented training with upper secondary school studies at the Ruka-Vuokatti Sport Academy.
In addition to the upper secondary schools, upper secondary vocational training is provided by the Kainuu Vocational College KAO and Vuokatti Sport Academy. KAO offers versatile vocational training from the basic degree to vocational and specialised vocational degrees. Additional vocational training is provided at educational institutes and as apprenticeship training. KAO’s permanent premises are located in Kajaani, Kuusamo, Vantaa and Vuokatti.
Vuokatti Sport Academy offers basic and additional vocational training in sports, massage services and coaching, for example, ski instructor training. The school allows you to take health-enhancing physical activity and nutrition classes for the Open University of the University of Eastern Finland and complete a physiotherapist's degree, for example.
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences provides educational, research, development and innovation services in the fields of well-being, technology, business and tourism. The University offers adult education, training in biotechnology, sports technology, measurement technology and computer science, and training and research in the arts and social sciences. In addition, the University offers the opportunity to specialise in the game sector through game technology studies (engineering) or computer science (business administration). Esports Business is a business programme focused on eSports.
The Kajaani University Consortium is an academic community in the region of Kainuu, where universities cooperate under the coordination the University of Oulu. The Consortium is focused on scientific research and education, and it promotes the efficient utilisation of research results in business life. All the university units operating in Kainuu (Eastern Finland, Lapland and Jyväskylä) are part of the Kajaani University Consortium.
The University of Oulu is a Finnish university specialised in scientific research. It is located in Oulu and operates internationally. In 2021, the University had approximately 13,500 students and 3,400 employees. Approximately 2,800 degrees are completed annually. The University has a wide range of Finnish and international degree programmes, Master’s degree programmes and doctorate programmes. Eight faculties form a scientific community, in which one can study as a degree student or register for separate study modules.
The University of Oulu is an active partner of numerous companies. The University offers businesses competent employees and experts, facilities and research equipment, solutions to research problems, and further training.
Centre of Competence Kainuun Aalto is a cooperative educational institute formed by the Kainuu Summer University and Aalto Adult Education Centre. Kainuun Aalto offers open university studies, open applied sciences studies, additional vocational training and recreational courses. Every municipality has an adult education centre that follows the principle of lifelong learning. Adult education centres offer opportunities to improve one’s skills and competence with the objective of supporting regional culture and education. Adult education centres organise courses on, for example, manual skills, physical activity, music and social sciences for all ages. Paltamo Adult Education Centre organises courses in Paltamo and Ristijärvi.
Kainuu Adult Education Centre in Paltamo provides preparatory education and training to people who do not have an upper secondary qualification or who need support and guidance for finding their educational path. For example, the Centre organises preparatory courses for those applying for vocational training in social welfare, health and education and young people preparing for upper secondary education.