Educational Programmes and Pilots

Una Europa aims to deliver innovative and relevant education that prepares students for the current and future needs of society. In collaboration with its partner universities, the University of Helsinki has been part of developing cutting-edge courses and programs that prioritize skills that are in demand today and anticipate the challenges of tomorrow.

The University of Helsinki collaborates with partner universities to create innovative educational programs that empower students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to excel in today's dynamic global environment. These programs, which include bachelor level courses and short courses, emphasize interdisciplinary approaches, practical applications, and real-world problem-solving to prepare graduates to make impactful contributions to society.

Bachelor in European Studies

The Una Europa Joint Bachelor of Arts in European Studies (BAES) is a unique joint programme, co-developed by eight Una Europa partner universities. The programme examines the fundamental aspects and values of the European Union as well as European states and societies. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, it reflects on the role of Europe in the world and offers research skills to analyse key issues related to Europe. Through the extensive mobility programme, students will not only learn about Europe but also experience, live and grow in an international setting.

University of Helsinki acts as a Mobility partner. This means that in the second and third year of the programme, BAES students from the degree awarding universities will have to go to student exchange to one or even two different universities - depending on the choice of their specializations. University of Helsinki is offering four study modules and minor study options for the BAES students.  

Professor David Inglis, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chair

Professor Katharina Kunter, Faculty of Theology 

University Lecturer Janne Matikainen, Faculty of Social Sciences

University Lecturer Hanna Tuominen, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Faculty of Arts

Student Jasmin Bal

Secretary, Planning Officer Laura Karilainen

Bachelor in Sustainability

University of Helsinki is building a new program, Bachelor in Sustainability, together with other partner universities from the Una Europa Alliance. The program is expected to launch in 2025. 

At the University of Helsinki, the Faculty of Science is responsible for planning and executing the programme. Ditte Taipale acts currently as an academic lead for the programme. University of Helsinki will serve as degree awarding partner.  

Bachelor in Sustainability is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on understanding and addressing the complex environmental, social, and economic challenges facing our planet. Students in this field gain a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of various systems and learn to analyze different strategies for achieving a more sustainable and resilient world. 

University Lecturer Ditte Taipale, Faculty of Science, Chair 

University Lecturer Chiara Lombardini, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry 

Professor Pedro Camargo, Faculty of Science

University Lecturer Olli-Pekka Penttinen, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

University Lecturer, Bernhard Reischl, Faculty of Science

University Lecturer Arho Toikka, Faculty of Social Sciences 

Student Samuli Leppämäki

Secretary, Planning Officer Laura Karilainen

Short Courses

As Data Science and AI create many opportunities in all dimensions of our daily lives, they also pose new legal, ethical and political challenges. Our MOOC will respond to the increasing need for more public awareness and understanding of AI.

University of Helsinki is part of developing the MOOC AI and Society

Jukka Nurminen, Professor, Department of Computer Science

Tomi Kokkonen, Postdoctoral Researcher, RADAR: Robophilosophy, AI ethics and Datafication Research

Mika Tompuri, Project Planner 

Aleksi Vauhkonen, Specialist 


The Micro-credential in Sustainability consists of five MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) which, once completed, award the learner with 10ECTS. After studying the introductory course, there are four additional courses covering the environmental, economic, and social aspects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

University of Helsinki is part of developing the Micro-Credentials in Sustainability: 

Laura Riuttanen, University Lecturer, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)

Joula Siponen, Doctoral Researcher,  Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)

Janina Taurinen, Doctoral Researcher,  Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)

Aleksi Vauhkonen, Specialist