Strategic choices

During the strategy 2021–2030 period, research and teaching will draw inspiration from four themes. These themes will spur collaboration between fields and disciplines and renew research and learning.
Know­ledge and learn­ing are for every­one

The University’s strength lies in the continuous progress of scientific thought and research skills, which ensures that the quality of research improves and auspicious conditions are created for the production of high-quality publications, international impact and esteemed expertise. The solid link between research and teaching guarantees the high quality of learning. With the help of science education and communication, we will export scientific thought also outside the University, as knowledge belongs to everyone.

Open­ness en­hances sci­entific research and col­lab­or­a­tion

Openness is a fundamental precondition for the implementation of our core duties. Open science and open-access data will promote the development of research and make research-based knowledge available throughout society. In 2030, such knowledge will be increasingly used to support societal decision-making. The key challenges of mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity, using natural resources sustainably, safeguarding health and wellbeing, and maintaining social cohesion can be addressed by making use of the comprehensive research-based knowledge produced by the University.  Openness also creates new cooperation opportunities and boosts our public engagement activities.

Our University is the best place to study and work

In 2030, the University of Helsinki will be the best place to study, teach, work and engage in research. The University will be an attractive employer and partner both nationally and internationally. We will enhance democracy as well as genuine and empathetic diversity in the work community, which springs from respect for and willingness to support every member of the University community. Encouraging supervision and genuinely inclusive leadership will provide opportunities for every member of the University community to engage in issues involving the whole community and experience feelings of success at work

Our University is a leader in re­spons­ib­il­ity and sustainability

Our objective for 2030 is to be an attractive multidisciplinary hub of sustainability science and teaching that enjoys international recognition. The themes of sustainability will be exhaustively integrated into all education programmes to ensure that the University produces experts who will steer the world towards sustainability and responsibility. We will promote responsibility and sustainability not only in research and teaching, but also in every choice we make. The goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda will provide a framework for sustainable development and responsible action.