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.
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%.
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.
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
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
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)
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.
1,228 Open University courses, including
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
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.
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.
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.