Turku University

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Turku University
motto Gift of the free people for free science
(Finnish: Vapaan kansan lahja vapaalle tieteelle )
founding 1920
place Turku , Finland
Rector Jukka Kola
Students 19,488 ( 2016 )
Employee 3,319 ( 2016 )
including professors 305 ( 2015 )
Networks Coimbra , UArctic
Website www.utu.fi
Turku University main building

The University of Turku ( Finnish : Turun yliopisto , Latin: Universitas Aboensis ) is a university in the Finnish city ​​of Turku . It is the second largest university in Finland (after the University of Helsinki ) with around 19,554 students, including around 1,885 doctoral students (2016).

Turku University was founded in 1920, two years after the Swedish-speaking Åbo Akademi . The Turku Academy, which was located in Turku from 1640 to 1828, is the predecessor of the University of Helsinki and is not connected to the two current Turku universities. The university is the center of the Turku Science Park (Turun tiedepuisto) .

On January 1, 2010, the Turku University of Commerce was affiliated to the University of Turku.


The campus is on both sides of  Hämeenkatu Street . The main building, many university libraries and most of the other university buildings are on the university hill. The campus stretches from the cathedral  to the Turku Science Park, which is not far from the Kupittaa train station . The University of Turku shares the campus with the Swedish University of Åbo Akademi and the Turku University of Applied Sciences. The Turku University Hospital, the Ylioppilastalot student residence and the Turku Student Village are located on the site . The university can be reached on foot within 10 minutes from the center. The Turku University has branches in Rauma (Institute for Teacher Training) and Pori ( School of Business , Cultural Studies and Landscape Research ).


There are seven faculties with individual institutes.


  • Institute for History, Culture and Art Research
  • Institute for Language and Translation Studies

Educational science

  • Institute for Education
  • Institute for teacher training


  • Institute of General Medicine
  • Institute for Biomedicine
  • Institute of Dentistry
  • Institute for Nursing Sciences
  • Clinical Institute of Psychiatry
  • Heart Research Center

Mathematics and natural sciences

  • Environmental science
  • Institute of Biochemistry
  • Institute for Biology
  • Institute for Physics and Astronomy
  • Institute for Information Technology
  • Institute of Chemistry
  • Institute for Geography and Geology
  • Institute for Mathematics and Statistics

law Sciences

  • law Sciences
  • Master's Degree Programs in Law and Information Society
  • Turku Law School

Social sciences

  • Institute for Philosophy, Political History and Political Science
  • Institute for Psychology and Speech Therapy
  • Institute for Social Sciences


  • Institute for Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Institute for Accounting and Finance
  • Institute for Marketing and International Business
  • Institute for Economics
  • Futurology Center
  • The Turku Commercial College, in Pori

Research priorities

Every doctoral student at the University of Turku has been supervised in the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS) since 2011 . The research environment at the University of Turku is divided into the following research complexes:

  • Organic future
  • Digital future
  • Cultural memory and change in society
  • Children, adolescents and learning
  • Drug development and diagnostics
  • Sea and seafaring

Research institutes

There are two research institutes that aim to both promote the professional development of young researchers and promote state-of-the-art research:

The Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) is a joint project of the Faculties of Humanities, Education, Law and the Institute of Social Sciences. The Turku Collegium for Science and Medicine (TCSM) is a multidisciplinary company serving students of science and medicine. The researchers from TIAS and TCSM are selected for three years through an international competition. The research institutes offer both post-doctoral positions and positions for advanced college researchers.

Centers of Excellence

The University of Turku coordinates two centers of excellence supported by Finland's Academy of Sciences. In the project "Primary Producers of Molecular Biology" , vegetation, development and metabolism of plants and assimilating organisms are examined. The aim of the project is to find out how assimilating organisms bind solar energy and increase the effectiveness of the bioeconomic applications of primary production .

At the “Research Center for Circulatory and Metabolic Diseases” , new diagnostic methods for the early detection and prevention of circulatory and metabolic diseases, including their treatment and recovery, are being researched. Some of the most important goals of the project are to find out both the causes of type 2 diabetes and how it can influence the progression of the disease.

International and national connections


The university belongs to many organizations and networks:

  • The Coimbra Group , the network of European universities
  • The Baltic Sea Region University Network , promotes collaboration in research and education
  • University of the Arctic , promotes collaboration in the Northern Hemisphere
  • The Southern African Nordic Center , promotes collaboration between South Africa and the Nordic countries
  • Fudan Nordic Center , creates research collaboration between Nordic and Chinese universities


The university also works with other Finnish universities. There is a particularly intensive collaboration with Åbo Akademi in the following areas:

  • Information technology, research and training center
  • Biotechnology center
  • Medical research center

The university is developing competitive models in research and training in collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Oulu and the University of Tampere.

Finland University Oy , a company that markets and sells international education services (University of Tampere and University of Eastern Finland).


Turku Academy

Turku University

See also

Web links

Commons : University of Turku  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.utu.fi/en/university/organisation
  2. ^ University of Turku Graduate School - UTUGS. In: www.utu.fi. Retrieved November 30, 2016 .
  3. ^ Thematic collaborations in research. In: www.utu.fi. Accessed January 30, 2020 .
  4. ^ Research Collegia Offer Platforms for Cutting-edge Multidisciplinary Research. In: www.utu.fi. Retrieved November 30, 2016 .
  5. ^ Eva-Mari Aro: Center of Excellence in Molecular Biology of Primary Producers, University of Turku. (No longer available online.) In: www.aka.fi. Archived from the original on December 12, 2017 ; accessed November 30, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.aka.fi
  6. Juhani Knuuti: Center of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease, University of Turku. (No longer available online.) In: www.aka.fi. Archived from the original on December 12, 2017 ; accessed November 30, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.aka.fi

Coordinates: 60 ° 27 ′ 15 ″  N , 22 ° 17 ′ 5 ″  E