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Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year 2023 will be announced on May Day Eve – come along

Savonia University of Applied Sciences’ teacher of the year has already been selected nineteen times. The student body nominates the teacher of the year based on the presentations made by the students. The selection will be announced on May Day Eve, Saturday 30 April 2023, at the Siskotyttö statue. Teacher of the Year has been named at Savonia University of Applied Sciences since 2004.

The Teacher of the Year will be presented with an honorary certificate and will receive the rotating Teacher of the Year award. The subject of the rotating award is a paddle hook, which reflects the teacher’s role as an inspirer guiding the student forward on the path. The selection of Teacher of the Year does not rank teachers, but with the nomination, good teaching and inspiring expertise are thanked and acknowledged.


Teacher of the year 2023 was Anu Karhemaa

In 2022, nursing lecturer Anu Karhemaa from Savonia’s Iisalmi campus was chosen as Savonia University of Applied Sciences’ Teacher of the Year. The students who proposed the Teacher of the Year describe Karhemaa as a teacher who does her job with a big heart. You can always feel accepted and safe in her classes. She makes students trust themselves and the progress of their own learning. According to the students, Karhemaa is the true diamond of the teaching staff.


The teachers nominated as the teacher of the year in Savonia UAS

  • 2022 Anu Karhemaa / nursing, Iisalmi
  • 2021 Hannu Viitala / Natural resources, Iisalmi
  • 2020 Jouni Silfver / Design
  • 2019 Sirkka Malila / Social and Health care
  • 2018 Abdelazim Hannoura / International Business
  • 2017 Terttu Niskanen / Business
  • 2016 Paula Niemi / Music and dance
  • 2015 Marja-Anneli Hynynen / Social and Health care
  • 2014 Ilkka Markkula / Social and Health care
  • 2013 Auli Pohjolainen / Iisalmi
  • 2012 Olli Sankilampi / Engineering
  • 2011 gap year, rewarding was transferred from at the start of school year to the end of the school year (vappu)
  • 2010 Juhani Rouvali / Engineering
  • 2009 Eeva-Riitta Ylinen / Social and Health care
  • 2008 Heikki Likitalo / Business
  • 2007 Ilkka Markkula / Social and Health care
  • 2006 Iiris Matilainen / Iisalmi
  • 2005 Jouko Kivimäki / Design
  • 2004 Seija Lötjönen / Tourism