University of Turku

The University of Turku (UTU), Finland’s second largest multidisciplinary university, is an internationally competitive research-led university whose operation is based on high-level research.
The UTU is recognized for the quality of research, teaching, and excellent support services. As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties and five independent units. In the international QS ranking, the University of Turku is among the top 300 universities and is ranked third best university in Finland (QS Ranking 2018).

The University of Turku, whose roots reach as far as to the Royal Academy of Turku in the 1650s, was established in 1920. Today, the University of Turku has almost 20,000 students and 3,176 staff members (9.7% international; 58.7% female). External funding covers 37.6% of the total funding of 259.8 million euros.

The University of Turku is active in international cooperation. It is a member of the Coimbra Group, a network of prestigious universities in Europe. Over 1,500 international students from over 100 countries study annually in the University of Turku.

In June 2013, the European Commission awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the University's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers along the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers.

The University of Turku has participated in the framework programmes since the second framework programme. In Horizon 2020, the University of Turku has so far secured 44 projects including 5 ERC projects and 11 Marie Curie projects (4 IF, 6 ITN, and 1 NIGHT). UTU coordinates 3 consortiums and is a partner in 25 consortia. In the 7th framework (FP7), funding for UTU amounted to over 31 million euros with 88 projects of which UTU coordinated 10. Within the 6th Framework Programme (FP6), the University of Turku participated in 48 projects.


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