Partnership programme and key partners

The University of Helsinki aims to build long-lasting, comprehensive partnerships with companies that are committed to promoting social sustainability in their operations, aim to develop their business and competitiveness relying on research-based knowledge, and strike our students as interesting employers. We work jointly with our partners to identify bold solutions for building a sustainable future.
Impact through key partnerships

As a partner of the University of Helsinki, your company will have first-line access to the latest research-based knowledge and international future talent. A partnership provides companies with the opportunity to participate in the campuses’ future-oriented innovation ecosystems and networks. In turn, we gain important information about the companies’ challenges and needs, which we can tackle better with research-based knowledge. 

In key partnerships, we jointly commit to a long-term pursuit of our shared vision and the achievement of our jointly set goals. We aim for diverse, multidisciplinary collaboration that benefits both parties, where individual forms of collaboration and collaborative projects contribute to a meaningful whole. At the core of this collaboration lie our shared values, transparency and mutual trust and respect, which provide a fertile ground for innovation.

We have appointed an account manager for each key partner to actively and systematically manage the partnership. We coordinate each partnership efficiently to ensure we can create transdisciplinary, fruitful collaborative projects. Collaboration is developed by a regularly convening business-specific partnership steering group, and we follow the achievement of our jointly set goals annually.

As well as engaging in key partnerships, we actively conduct diverse collaboration with businesses.  In all cases, collaboration can begin with a single, small cooperation project and then expand into a more extensive partnership. In all business collaboration, we comply with our ethical principles.


KONE Corporation Finland

The University of Helsinki and KONE Corporation have been gearing their partnership particularly to research and doctoral education. Research on artificial intelligence, sustainable development and urban life have been selected as the research themes of the partnership.

Together with several faculties, projects relating to topics of interest to both parties have been established for funding calls by Business Finland and the Academy of Finland. Currently ongoing is a research entity coordinated by the Centre for Consumer Society Research on the utilisation of visual information in the concretisation of consumer images and expectations pertaining to urban mobility, while under preparation are an AI research project entitled Urban Simulation Lab and the Transformative Cities project in the field of sustainability science.

In addition to research, teaching collaboration with KONE has been trialled in the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning, while Research Sprint collaboration periods for doctoral researchers have been piloted. The purpose of the Business Sprint scheme is to increase corporations' knowledge of the skills of junior researchers and to encourage researchers to try out collaboration with businesses. This collaboration will continue to evolve from the piloting as part of the Talent Boost activities in doctoral education organised by Research Services.

Main cooperation themes:

  • artificial intelligence
  • sustainable development  
  • urban life 
Metsä Group

The partnership between the University of Helsinki and Metsä Group advances both parties’ research and education collaboration as well as solves global sustainability challenges. Specific research themes include methods and techniques of sustainable forestry, forest resource management, timber harvesting, fibre-based materials (including food packaging), ionic fluids and circular chemistry. The collaboration is also oriented heavily to students, with the goal of establishing a clear path from bachelor’s studies to the labour market for students within the sphere of the partnership. Their career paths include project-based assignments completed during studies, traineeships and summer jobs, a master’s thesis and potential employment by Metsä Group. Another goal is to lower the threshold for hiring international students in particular. Students get the chance to go on company visits to Metsä Group, while guest lecturers will visit their courses.


Main cooperation themes:

  • methods and techniques of sustainable forestry
  • forest resource management
  • timber harvesting
  • fibre-based materials
  • ionic fluids
  • circular chemistry
Nokia / Nokia Bell Labs

Nokia Bell Labs selected the University of Helsinki for its Distinguished Academic Partnership programme in 2017. Cooperation between Nokia Corporation, Nokia Bell Labs and the Department of Computer Science has been intensive for years. The University of Helsinki is home to the Nokia Center for Advanced Research, which Nokia has supported with donations and where research is conducted by, among others, Professor Pan Hui, Nokia Chair in Data Science.

The collaboration between the University of Helsinki and Nokia as well as Nokia Bell Labs focuses on research in computer science, particularly in the fields of communications networks and artificial intelligence. MegaSense, a project which focused on urban air quality and the development of a sensor network, is a prime example of the application potential of this research. The partners are continually involved in preparing new projects. The staff of Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs include a number of University of Helsinki alums, and they hold research meetings with the Department of Computer Science at regular intervals.

Besides research, key areas of cooperation include the education and training of experts and communication about phenomena that affect society, such as Core 5G and Beyond, an online course on 5G and 6G networks open to all.


Main cooperation themes:

  • Communications networks (5G and 6G)
  • Artificial intelligence
Further information and contact details

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