The University of Helsinki in numbers
More than 31,000 people study and nearly 10,000 people work at the University. Since 1640, the University has helped to build a nation and sustain its education and welfare through the power of science and scholarship.
Bet­ter than 99.5% of the world's universities

The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university to consistently rank in the top 100 of international university rankings. There are approximately 18 000 universities in the world.

In 2020, the University of Helsinki placed 74th in the Shanghai Ranking, 86th in the US News ranking, 93rd in the Taiwan (NTU) ranking, 98th in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking and 104th in the QS World University Ranking.

Read more about the University of Helsinki in university rankings.

11 faculties

The University of Helsinki has 11 faculties, and it provides teaching on four campuses in Helsinki: the City Centre, Kumpula, Meilahti and Viikki. In addition, the University has research stations in e.g. Hyytiälä, Värriö, Kilpisjärvi and Kenya.

Faculties and units

31,600 degree students

In 2020 a total of 31,600 students pursued a first-, second- or third-cycle degree at the University of Helsinki. The number of international degree students was 1,941 (6%).

First Cycle or Bachelor's degree: 16,090 students, of whom women 63% and men 37%.

Second Cycle or Master's degree: 10,673 students, of whom women 67% men 33%.

Licentiate's degree: 117 students, of whom women 68% and men 32%.

Doctoral degree: 4,548 students, of whom women 60% and men 40%.

Other degrees: 136 students, of whom women 92% and men 8%.

8,120 employees

The University of Helsinki employs 8,120 people. Of them, 58% represent teaching and research staff. Of teaching and research staff 52% are women.

In 2020 the full-time equivalents (FTE) of all staff amounted to 7,388, of which the share of teaching and research was 4,194 FTEs.

The mean age of University of Helsinki employees is 42 years, while the mean age for retirement is 65.9 years.

Teaching and Research Staff

A total of 4,717 employees (4,194 FTEs) in 2020

621 professors, research directors and senior curators (level 4 on the University’s career path hierarchy)
1,482 university lecturers, clinical instructors, university researchers, senior researchers, research coordinators, curators, tenure track assistant/associate professors (level 3)
1,116 postdoctoral researchers and university instructors (level 2)
1,330 doctoral students and specialising doctors/dentists/veterinarians (level 1)
168 other teaching and research staff

Specialist and support staff 

A total of 3,248 employees (3,053 FTEs) in 2020

297 IT staff
270 library staff
31 technical staff
1,185 administrative staff
1,288 support staff for teaching and research
177 other staff

155 teaching staff at teacher training schools

8,934 degrees

In 2020 a total of 8,934 degrees were completed at the University of Helsinki, of which 67% were completed by women. 

First-cycle or bachelor’s degrees: 4,112 degrees, of which 68% were completed by women and 32% by men

Second-cycle or master’s degrees: 4,168 degrees, of which 68% were completed by women and 32% by men

Licentiate degrees: 34 degrees, of which 74% were completed by women and 26% by men

Doctoral degrees: 604 degrees, of which 61% were completed by women and 39% by men

Other degrees: 16 degrees, of which 87.5% were completed by women and 12.5% by men

10,700 publications per year

In 2020 researchers of the University of Helsinki produced a total of 10,700 publications. Of refereed scholarly publications, 54% were based on international collaboration.

7,528 refereed scholarly articles (71% of all publications)
1,104 non-refereed scholarly contributions (10% of all publications)
218 scholarly books, including monographs and edited works (2% of all publications)
1,149 publications intended for professional communities (11% of all publications)
665 publications intended for the general public (6% of all publications)

Find out more about the University of Helsinki’s publications.

Continuous learning

49,407 students completed Open University courses, of whom 37,241 (75.4%) were non-degree students.  

6,845 adult students took part in continuing education.  

303 students advanced their skills in professional specialisation education.

1,404 Continuous learning courses in a range of discipline

1,228 Open University courses, including

  • 875 open bachelor’s programme courses
  • 44 open master’s programme courses
  • 11 introductory courses to university studies 
  • 83 massive open online courses, or MOOCs

166 continuing education options provided by the University of Helsinki Centre for Continuing Education HY+ to businesses, organisations and individual students

10 professional specialisation education options as well as several opportunities in postgraduate professional education and continuing education provided by faculties and units

215,626 credits completed in continuous learning

  • 197,647 credits completed at the Open University, of which 128,094 (64.8%) were completed by non-degree students
  • 10,655 credits completed in non-degree studies
  • 4,294 credits completed in collaborative studies organised by Finnish higher education institutions
  • 3,030 credits completed in professional specialisation education

In 2020 the University’s operating result, or the result without taking investment activities into account, was €3.4 million in deficit. The result generated by investments and fundraising was €23.8 million, making the University’s overall result €20.4 million in the black.

Staff costs constituted almost two-thirds of the overall expenses. Another considerable expense are the facilities required for studying, research and other activities.

University of Helsinki’s financial figures
University of Helsinki’s financial statements

International community

The University of Helsinki is the only Finnish university in the League of European Research Universities LERU, an association of leading European universities promoting the conditions and opportunities for basic research in Europe.

The University of Helsinki is a member of the Una Europa alliance, a network funded by the European Union. Una Europa is a significant partnership between the oldest and most distinguished universities in Europe, whose goal is long-term strategic collaboration to foster the quality and competitiveness of European higher education.

In 2020 the share of University of Helsinki teachers and researchers coming from outside Finland was 28%. The number of international degree students at the University of Helsinki was 1,941.

In 2020 a total of 380 students embarked on a student exchange, while the University of Helsinki welcomed 804 incoming exchange students.

Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence

Of the units granted the status of Centre of Excellence by the Academy of Finland, seven are coordinated by the University of Helsinki. In addition, the University is a partner in two Centres of Excellence coordinated elsewhere. In 2020 the University of Helsinki had 10 Academy Professors, or 40% of all Academy Professors appointed.

Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence at the University of Helsinki