|The University of Turku
The University of Turku, founded in 1920 as the world’s first Finnish-speaking university, is an international, multidisciplinary and scientific institution of higher education. High quality and cross-discipline research and instruction characterise its profile and reputation at an international, national and also regional level. With the Baltic rim as its home territory, the University of Turku can be seen as one of the driving forces behind the cooperation between the universities in the region.
As one of the leading universities in Finland - one famous alumnus, among others, is Mauno Koivisto (President of Finland 1982-1994) - the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in six faculties: Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Medicine, Law, Social Science and Education. The university actively encourages the incorporation of studies in different faculties and at other universities, so that the degree programmes taken by its 18,000 students are flexible and multidisciplinary in character.
It also seeks to strengthen existing fields of excellence within the institution’s strong research culture, and is constantly searching for promising new areas of investigation. Research in the biosciences is worthy of particular note, while other recognised areas of excellence include the study of the interaction between culture and society, mathematical research, research of learning and education, and astronomy and space research.
Studying at the University of Turku gives both undergraduate and postgraduate students an international perspective on their own discipline’s academic and professional profile. By promoting international student and teacher exchange, with approximately 300 agreements with universities around the world, as well as the recruitment of foreign teachers, the university offers a highly internationally orientated academic community. The international flavour is continued in various Master’s programmes conducted in English. In the world universities’ ranking list compiled at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Turku is among the 100 best in Europe and among the 200 best in the world.
Since its foundation in the 13th century, Turku has been a gateway through which European cultural influences spread to the whole of Finland. The country’s third largest city, with its approximately 175,000 inhabitants, is a fascinating combination of old and new. Situated on both sides of the river Aura, Turku has everything to offer the modern urbanite, as well as providing a fascinating destination for tourists interested in the well-kept treasures of history. It hosts many different types of events around the year: Ruisrock, a rock festival which takes place in the summertime, attracts a large number of music-lovers, while Turku’s status as the official Christmas City of Finland fills the city with numerous performances, events and Christmas markets every winter. In 2011 Turku will be the European Capital of Culture. Over the course of the year, the exciting and intriguing theme of "Turku on fire" will set the stage for countless cultural events, starting with a spectacular opening ceremony on the banks of the river Aura.
Turku is a city with a long academic tradition, as the first Finnish university was founded there in 1640. Today it has three universities; the University of Turku, the Turku School of Economics and Business, and Åbo Akademi, which is the only Swedish-speaking university in Finland. More than 30,000 university and polytechnic students living in Turku play an active part in the city’s lively student life.